Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica. She attended Montego Bay High School and Carleton University School of Journalism, Ottawa, as a Commonwealth scholar. She also studied journalism as a Thomson Scholar at the Thomson Foundation, Cardiff, and book publication under UNESCO auspices at the Institute of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines. In Jamaica she first worked as a journalist with the Daily Gleaner, later with Jamaica Information Service. After some years as a free lancer in public relations, publishing and speech writing, she became editor of Social and Economic Studies of the University of the West Indies and, later, Jamaica Journal, published by Institute of Jamaica Publications of which she was also managing director. She has travelled extensively and from 1989 until 1993 when she settled in Toronto, she lived in several European countries. However she visits Jamaica frequently and the island and the wider Caribbean remain central to her work. She teaches writing internationally and has read her work and lectured at many international venues over the years. The photo above was taken during the 2016 Kingston Book Festival. Learn more at Olive Senior’s website
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