Erna Brodber

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Erna Brodber (born 20 April 1940) is a Jamaican writer, sociologist and social activist.[1] She is the sister of writer Velma Pollard.


Born in Woodside, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica, she gained a B.A. from the University College of the West Indies, followed by an M.Sc and Ph.D. She subsequently worked as a civil servant, teacher, sociology lecturer, and at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Mona, Jamaica.[1]

She is the author of four novels: Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980), Myal (1988), Louisiana (1994) and The Rainmaker's Mistake[2] (2007). She won the Caribbean and Canadian regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize in 1989 for Myal.[3] In 1999 she received the Jamaican Musgrave Gold Award for Literature and Orature.[4] Brodber currently works as a freelance writer, researcher and lecturer in Jamaica. She is currently Writer in Residence at the University of the West Indies.



Articles for the Institute for Social and Economic Research, Jamaica[5]

  • "Abandonment of Children in Jamaica" (1974)
  • "Yards in the City of Kingston" (1975)
  • "Reggae and Cultural Identity in Jamaica" (1981)
  • "Perceptions of Caribbean Women: Toward a Documentation of Stereotypes" (1982)


  • Woodside, Pear Tree Grove P.O. (University of the West Indies Press, 2004), ISBN 978-9766401528
  • The Second Generation of Freemen in Jamaica, 1907-1944 (University Press of Florida, 2004), ISBN 978-0-8130-2759-3
  • The Continent of Black Consciousness: On the History of the African Diaspora from Slavery to the Present (New Beacon Books, 2003), ISBN 978-1-873201-17-6


  1. ^ a b Lichtenstein, David P. "A Brief Biography of Erna Brodber". Literature of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Annie Paul, "Black rain", Caribbean Review of Books, February 2008.
  3. ^ Harris, Jennifer. "Career and Awards". Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Erna Brodber", The Spaces between Words - Conversations with Writers.
  5. ^ a b Lichtenstein, David P. "Works". Literature of the Caribbean. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  6. ^’s-mat

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