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Kingston Jamaica (McN) – Erna Brodber, a Jamaican author and social activist is one of eight writers to receive an US grant of US$165,000 after winning the Windham-Campbell Prizes offered by Yale University in the USA.
The Windham-Campbell prizes are awarded each spring in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
Born in Woodside, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica, she gained a B.A. from the University College of the West Indies, followed by an M.Sc and Ph.D. She subsequently worked as a civil servant, teacher, sociology lecturer, and at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Mona, Jamaica.
She is the author of four novels: Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980), Myal (1988), Louisiana (1994) and The Rainmaker’s Mistake (2007). She won the Caribbean and Canadian regional Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1989 for Myal. In 1999 she received the Jamaican Musgrave Gold Award for Literature and Orature.
Brodber currently works as a freelance writer, researcher and lecturer in Jamaica. She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of the West Indies.