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Jamaica Journal Steps Out at the National Gallery of Jamaica

Kim Robinson Walcott editor of the Jamaica Journal

The National Gallery of Jamaica provided a  launching pad for the latest installation of the Jamaica Journal last Sunday. The striking image from Ebony G. Patterson’s The Observation (Bush Cockerel) - A Fictitious History which graces the cover marks the synergy between the NGJ and the volume, which includes as one of its highlights, a review of the 2012 National Biennial.

The launch was tied into NGJ’s monthly Last Sunday programming, which this month was triple cast, with Yoga in the morning, the launch in the early afternoon and New Jamaica’s invitation for the public to make their mark on the walls of the gallery a few minutes later.
Dr. Victor Chang's short story Miss Daisy and Miss Chin is included in the issue
Jamaica Journal covers all aspects of our living, some unevenly,” said Professor Rupert Lewis, chair of the Journal’s editorial committee, as he contextualize the impact of the publication over its decades of existence. Prof Lewis noted that in the first 20 years of its existence, the Jamaica Journal included works from Vic Reid, John Hearne, Erna Brodber, Neville Dawes, Mervyn Morris and Dennis Scott.

The Jamaica Journal, is the flagship publication of the Institute of Jamaica, includes articles on the arts, history, and science. It also includes book reviews, reports on research coming from the IOJ as well as creative works.

Along with Charles Campbell’s critical review of the Biennial, the current issue also includes Claudia Hucke’s ‘About Face’ a look at the online remounting of Jamaica’s first international exhibition, 50 years after the original exhibition. Garvey scholar Beverly Hamilton brought a rarely seen, and much needed lens of the iconic figure Ranny Williams  through his involvement with the Garvey Movement.
Winsome Hudson, Exec Dir of the National Library accepts copies of the journal from IOJ head Ann Marie Bonner
The issue also includes Catherine Levy’s re-interpretation of the origins of the Taino sculpture The Bird Man, Monica Warner’s research of Jamaican herbal plants as well as Gerald Lalor’s overview of the chemical elements in Jamaica’s soil. Victor Chang’s short story ‘Miss Daisy and Miss Chin’ as well as poetry by Hannah Lowe are creative writing contributions.

“One of the missions of the Jamaica Journal is to record contributions,” remarked Kim Robinson-Walcott, the journal’s editor. In keeping with this mantle, the issue also includes Peter Hume’s exploration of the works of W. Adolphe Roberts as well as tributes to Petrine Archer Shaw and Maurice Facey.

Indeed, the issue highlights that the Jamaica Journal remains an important record of the country’s memory.