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Margaret Reckord Bernal

writer and poet


Margaret Reckord Bernal has been writing quietly for many years about the things that interest her most – heritage, nature, creativity and the ironies of human life –nowhere found in more audacious, vibrant combinations than in her island homeland, Jamaica.


During career changes which took her from academic research, arts and cultural communication and the directorship of Jamaica’s Bureau of Women’s affairs into an eleven-year diplomatic posting in Washington D.C., she has pursued this first love. Her writings counterpoise this wide-ranging experience of a public life against a reflective inner gaze.


A Sociology graduate of Nottingham University, she won the BBC Caribbean poetry prize, is published in several anthologies and edited Arts Jamaica, the Caribbean’s first art magazine.


Her forthcoming publications include three volumes of poetry and a collection of children’s stories.


She lives between Bethesda, MD and the island of Jamaica.