Talking Trees 2012 panelist – Jean Forbes

Jean Forbes is a Jamaican writer of short stories and also stories for children. Her work has been published in the literary sections of the Jamaica Observer and the Daily Gleaner as well as many publications dedicated to children. She holds a diploma in writing for children and teen-agers from the Institute of Children’s literature.

Forbes’ stories have won awards in the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s literary competitions.

She has also adapted her insights in writing for children for a wide range of educational and literacy projects. She served Chief Judge in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture’s PESP competition (2005); and also as a judge in the Jamaica Library Service Reading Competition.

She was a writer of replacement Units (Grades 1 to 3) for the Media Services Unit at the Ministry of Education Youth and Culture; was a presenter and resource person for CARICOM/OAS workshop for new writers that was held in Kingston in 2000; and is a member of the Jamaica Committee for Children’s Literature (A Sub Committee of the Book Development Council). Forbes is also a member of the Jamaica Historical Society and the Social History Project UWI.

GENRE: children and teen-agers



Little Lennie’s Leisure (Time Books)

The Little Christmas Tree story and colouring book

Short Stories in Collections

Martha Brae Tek mi, no tek me – an anthology of Caribbean Folktales (Carlong)

Why the Rainbird Calls the Rain New Caribbean Junior Reader 1 revision (Ginn)

Imagination – Literacy 1-2-3 (Ministry of Education)

Toad; Midnight; A right to be me; Why the Rainbird Calls the Rain; Night BloomingCereus; Storyland – audio  (Ministry of Education)


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