The Most Important Reason I Write

  • Velma Pollard


Perhaps the most important reason that I write is that I have a great desire to record aspects of life, events and experiences which I think are worth keeping. I grew up in rural Jamaica in the forties. In the fifties I went to school in the capital city, Kingston, but continued to spend all my holidays at home in the country. I write from a memory of those times and those places. It is very easy to lose a sense of the past and have each generation evolve a notion of what existed at a time before the present. I consider that a tragedy.


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    V. Pollard, Considering Woman ( London: Women’s Press, 1989 ) p. 69.Google Scholar
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    V. Pollard, Karl and Other Stories ( Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1994 ) p. 17.Google Scholar

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