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I WILL BE SIGNING MY NEW BOOK OF POETRY A N D P H O TO G R A P H S C E L E B R AT I N G J A M A IC A’ S H E R I T A G E O N T U E S D A Y N I G H T.

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ISLAND RELIQUARIES: VOICES FROM A JAMAICAN PAST

pays homage to nation builders of the Jamaican landscape. It interweaves the author’s poems and photographs into a vivid portrait gallery of ordinary, yet extraordinary men and women who, by century-long industry and ingenuity, laid the foundations for today’s highly creative and cosmopolitan Jamaican culture. In June 2013 - this distinctive tribute to the hidden histories of the Jamaican people, sponsored by the Jamaica National Building Society, was launched during Caribbean Heritage Month at the OAS Hall of the Americas in Washington D.C. WWW.ARTSJAMAICA.ORG

Book Launch and Cocktail Reception at the Emrie James Museum, St. Andrew High School for Girls 10 Cecelio Avenue Kingston 10, Jamaica

DATE: Tuesday, 3rd December 2013 TIME: 5:00 pm

Books available at:  The Frame Centre Gallery, 5 Ardenne Rd, Kingston 5  via Amazon.com (international delivery) For special arrangements visit www.artsjamaica.org or email the author at artsjamaica@gmail.com


MARGARET RECKORD BERNAL, well known as a passionate advocate for the arts and culture of Jamaica, has lived both a public and private life. She has had a distinguished, multi-focused and international career working for the Jamaican community - championing women’s affairs, youth development, the Jamaican Diaspora and Culture and the Arts. Jamaica’s longest serving diplomats to Washington, she served with her husband Ambassador Richard Bernal for over a decade, before returning full time to her first passion - documenting the cultural heritage of her homeland - Jamaica. Praise for Island Reliquaries – Voices from a Jamaican Past Diana Athill, O.B.E. Dear Margaret. How very kind of you to send me a copy of Island Reliquaries. It is truly beautiful, both verbally and a piece of book-making and I am delighted to have it. You must be proud of it – such an achievement! Because it is evidently your work as a whole in a way which must be literally unique. I certainly can’t think of any other collections of poems of which that can be said: the conception, the writing and the physical presentation, all one process - Marvellous!

Randall Robinson

www.randallrobinson.com

Island Reliquaries is an exquisite work through which Jamaican-born Margaret Bernal pays homage – with elegant lyricism and powerful delicacy – to her island home. With photography that is compelling, and poetry deep and true, Ms. Bernal sets out to share with us the timeless pull of her island and its people - and in the process reveals the exquisite nature of her mind and soul. You have produced a work of great power and beauty in Island Reliquaries, Margaret. Thank you. Keith Anthony Morrison

www.keithmorrison.com

Margaret. Your book of poems, brooding and haunting in their beauty, mine layers of Jamaican and Caribbean history and reality. The entire work, including the beautiful photographs, is powerful. Congratulations, again and again. You should be very proud. In honor of your father, whose creative zeal runs through your poems, I am listening to the delightful Schubert "Trout" Quartet he loved as I write this. Your poems honor him, and all generations of Jamaican mothers and fathers, and through their memory, bring our consciousness into a fresher light. All Jamaica should thank you for writing them.


St. Andrew High School for Girls 10 Cecelio Avenue, Kingston 10. email: sahsmuseum@sahs.edu.jm 876.754.9731

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ISLAND RELIQUARIES: VOICES FROM A JAMAICAN PAST pays homage to nation builders of the Jamaican landscape. It interweaves the author’s poems...

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