Talking Trees 2012 reader – Christine Craig

Christine Craig is a well known Jamaican short story writer and poet who also writes children’s fiction. She has written several non fiction publications and training manuals on feminist and health issues. Her short stories and poems have been published in Caribbean, British and American anthologies and journals. In 1989 she was awarded a Fellowship to the International Writer’s Program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Her first publications, Emanuel and His Parrot, Oxford University Press, 1970  and Emanuel Goes to Market, Oxford University Press, 1971, written for children, were a collaboration with her then husband, Jamaican artist Karl ‘Jerry’ Craig.  These were the first full colour children’s books to feature a Jamaican child. She wrote and presented a series of Jamaican history vignettes for children’s television, and in 1990, Heinemann Caribbean published Bird Gang, a novella for children. 

She tutored English Literature at the University of the West Indies in the 1990s and was Adjunct Professor of Fiction and Commercial Writing at Barry University, Miami, Florida. From 1990 to 1998, she was Miami Editor of The Jamaica Gleaner in Miami, Florida, responsible for news and features.  She is now an Adjunct Professor in English at Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Craig was born in Kingston, and spent much of her early years in rural St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, at the home of her grandparents.  She has a B.A. Honours in English and Mass Communications from the University of the West Indies.

GENRES: Children and Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry.


Emanuel and His Parrot, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1970

Emanuel Goes to Market, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1971

Quadrille for Tigers, Mina Press, Berkeley, CA, 1984

Bird Gang, Heinemann Caribbean, 1990

Jamaica’s National Report to the World Conference on the Environment, Co-editor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992

Guyana at the Crossroads, Co-author, University of Miami, Miami, FL, 1992

Mint Tea and Other Stories, Heinemann, UK, 1993

All Things Bright & Quadrille for Tigers. Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, UK. 2010

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