Senior, Olive

Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Jamaica and Canada. She started her career as a journalist editing Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies and Jamaica Journal, published by Institute of Jamaica Publications. Since 1993 she has been based in Toronto but Jamaica remains the focus of her writings, winning her the Norman Washington Manley Foundation Award for Excellence, the 2004 Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica, the Centenary Medal and the Silver Medal of the Institute of Jamaica for contributions to literature. She was named Humanities Scholar 2005 by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.