It’s really strange to see how scantily arranged the information there is about Jamaican authors. They’re almost nowhere to be found on the Internet except perhaps in Wikipedia and a few other sources. And even in those the data supplied did not cover the exact number of Jamaican authors, poets and novelists nor did it give any substantial biography about them. It’s a crying shame when you come to think about it because there are some great writers from the island. Let’s see if we can make mention of them all. There are Peter Abrahams, Lindsay Barrett, H.G. de Lisser, Ira Lunan Ferguson, John Edgar Colwell Hearne, Nalo Hopkinson, Victor Stafford Reid, Thomas MacDermot, Roger Mais, Brian Meeks, Kei Miller, Andrew Salkey, Makeda Silvera, Vanessa Spence, Patricia Powell, Sylvia Wynter, Richard Bathurst, Lady Colin Campbell, Morris Cargill, Evan Jones, Joan Riley, Chris Stokes, Howard Pitterson, Kim Robinson, Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, and Professor Geoffrey Philp. There are also Jamaican women writers who have left an indelible mark when it comes to storytelling at its best. They are: Mary Anne Barker, Louise Bennett, Cedella Booker, Jean Breeze, Erna Brodber, Michelle Cliff, Carolyn Cooper, Honor Ford-Smith, Amy Jacques Garvey, Lorna Goodison, Kara Miller, Pamela Mordecai, Mary Seacole, Olive Senior, Olive Lewin, Alecia McKenzie, Kellie Magnus, Rachel Manley, and Una Marson. I apologize to those whom I might have omitted from the list by mistake or ignorance.
Anthony Winlker, one of the best Jamaican authors of all time, has two screenplays to his favor, the Lunatic and The Annihilation of Fish. His other books include Dog War, The Painted Canoe, Going Home to Teach, The Great Yacht Race and The Duppy, which I’ve just read and can’t seem to forget about the lesson on our choice of will, has a Jamaican blend to it that only Harold Pinter, the great English writer, can reach.
Margaret Cezair-Thompson has an outstanding book by the name of the Pirate’s Daughter that I’d love for you to read. It’s a great love story that has to do with the famous Actor Errol Flynn who made his home on Navy Island off the coast of Jamaica and fell in love with the teenage daughter of the Justice of Peace in Port Antonio.This is a great story to read.
I can’t but mention the creator of James Bond, Ian Fleming, who considered himself Jamaican after living his life on the island. A lot of his books were inspired and written right here in Xaymaca, a term to which he’s made reference many a time because of the connection with the Arawak Indians. Fleming was one of those who came to respect this great tribe of people who discovered and named the island, Jamaica. They left nothing written but their indelible mark on the country was enough to captivate the English author's interest.
Colin Channer, the author of Waiting in Vain, Satisfy My Soul and Lover’s Rock, has brought about a new style of writing and one that is integrated into a fine marketing strategy. The imagery in his work entices you to open his books and read yourself away to storytelling at its best. Channer is a great Jamaican author and has created a place for himself not only in Jamaica but the entire world.
Patricia Duncker, the creator of The Deadly Space Between and The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge, is an exceptional author who writes with vim and vigor. You won’t be able to put her down after you’ve picked her up.The Daily Gleaner must be mentioned here because of its great capacity in contributing to writing and reading on the island, everything literary. The paper, and the fine group of writers who have dedicated all their effort to bringing the news to the Jamaican public since 1884, bring out the best in storytelling which aims to please.
We could go on and on about Jamaican authors, but we can’t because the space won’t permit us to do so. Therefore, we've decided to turn to you to help us show the world that our novelists and writers are worth reading. They have what it takes to make you enjoy their stories. All you have to do is lay hands on any of the above-mentioned authors and I'm sure you'll agree with me that their storytelling is enjoyable and worth the while reading.
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