Hazel Campbell (Jamaican writer)

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Hazel Campbell
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BornHazel Dorothy Campbell
Died12 December 2018
GenreShort stories and children's literature

Hazel Campbell (1940 – 12 December 2018)[1] was a Jamaican writer, notably of short stories and children's books, who was also a teacher, editor and public relations worker.


Hazel Dorothy Campbell was born in Jamaica,[2] where she attended Merl Grove High School in Kingston. She subsequently earned a BA degree in English & Spanish at the University of the West Indies, Mona, followed by Diplomas in Mass Communications and Management Studies. She worked as a teacher, as a public relations worker, editor, features writer and video producer for the Jamaican Information Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Creative Production and Training Centre. From 1987 she freelanced as a communications consultant.

Her first published book, in 1978, was The Rag Doll & Other Stories, and she went on to become one of the most prolific writers produced by Jamaica.[3] She was particularly noted for her children's books, and the Jamaica Gleaner noted: "Campbell had an in-depth understanding of children and demonstrated giftedness in crafting material that engaged their attention in literature."[4] Her short stories appeared in publications including West Indian Stories (ed. John Wickham, 1981), Caribanthology I (ed. Bruce St. John, 1981), Focus 1983; and Facing the Sea (ed. Anne Walmsley, 1986).[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Rag Doll & Other Stories (Savacou, 1978) OCLC 5857249
  • Woman’s Tongue (Savacou, 1985)
  • Singerman (short stories; Peepal Tree, 1991)
  • Tilly Bummie and Other Stories (1993)
  • Jamaica On My Mind: New and Collected Stories, introduction by Jacqueline Bishop (Peepal Tree Press, 2019)[6]


  1. ^ "Noted author Hazel Campbell is dead", Jamaica Observer, 12 December 2018.
  2. ^ Carmen C. Esteves, Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (eds), Hazel D. Campbell biographical note, Green Cane and Juicy Flotsam: Short Stories by Caribbean Women, Rutgers University Press, 1991, p. 19.
  3. ^ "Mike Henry hails prolific author, Hazel Campbell", Loop, 16 December 2018.
  4. ^ "A Tribute To Hazel Campbell", Jamaica Gleaner, 30 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Hazel Campbell" at Peepal Tree Press.
  6. ^ "Hazel D. Campbell 1940-2018, R.I.P.", Wha'ppen?, Peepal Tree Press, 13 December 2018.

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