Of course writing is my favourite skill and passion! It now comes very natural to me and I can only assume it is a blessing from God to have been given such a talent because I have never done any kind of training in order to do it properly or even professionally!
I have won award for my efforts to date. That came circa 1990 when I won the Jamaica Federation of Musician Best Entertainment Journalist Award. 1
I started off writing poetry in my youth as a way to express my creativity but before I knew it I was also writing short stories, even screenplays!
It was a tradition in most West Indian families for the younger ones to write letters on behalf of the older folks to send back home to the Caribbean, so I was able to hone my writing skill doing this also.
But it was only when I began as a reporter for The Gleaner in Kingston, Jamaica that I really became a journalist in earnest. Since then I have written and researched many thousands of articles and I can honestly say the enthusiasm has never left me.
And I hope it never does!
- There I am giving an acceptance speech at the ceremony in New Kingston, Jamaica!