Rachel Manley

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Rachel Manley is a Jamaica-born, Canada based poet and memoirist. In addition to her poetry being published in several literary journals, Rachel has published two short collections, Prisms (1972) and Poems 2 (1978), and a full-length collection, A Light Left On (1992). She has written a memoir trilogy which centres on the Manley family, Drumblair: Memories of a Jamaican Childhood (1996), Slipstream: A Daughter Remembers (2000) and Horses in Her Hair: A Granddaughter’s Story (2008), and, in 1989, published an edited collection of her grandmother’s journals, Edna Manley: The Diaries. In 1997, she won the Governor General’s Award for Literature (Canada) for Drumblair and the Jamaica Centennial Award for Poetry in 1979.

More resources:

Click here to buy Rachel Manley’s books.

Visit her website.

Read The CRB‘s short review of Horses in Her Hair.

Read Canadian Literature‘s review of Drumblair.

Read Quill and Quire’s reviews of Drumblair and Slipstream.

Visit Peepal Tree Press‘s “List of Reviews” for A Light Left On.

Read Mariel Brown’s essay on Rachel Manley, “Caught In The Slipstream“, first published in Caribbean Beat.

Read The Telegraph‘s piece on Rachel Manley.

Read Rachel Manley’s “Fifty Years of Jamaican Independence: A Manley Perspective“.

Watch Literature Alive‘s interview.