The wife of the Prime Minister, Lorna Golding, has lauded the literary works of Veronica Blake Carnegie, imploring her to continue to teach through her writings.
“Her work has been a positive addition to our national body of literature, and continues to bring great joy to all who have had the pleasure of reading it,” she said.
Mrs. Golding, the Chairman of the Jamaica Early Childhood Development Foundation, was speaking at the launch of Mrs. Carnegie’s latest book, ‘Leaving Home’, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Kingston, on November 18.
The wife of the Prime Minister, Lorna Golding (right), listens to author Veronica Blake Carnegie’s explanation of aspects of her new book, ‘Leaving Home’, during the launch at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, Kingston on Thursday November 18.
She noted that Mrs. Carnegie’s work is significant to national development, and that she is important to the social, educational and cultural fabric of the nation.
“From as far back as the 1980s, when she operated a school and a bookshop, she provided the opportunity for many to access books and to be exposed to the imaginative and creative world that reading opens up,” Mrs. Golding said.
She added that reading gives children the ability to dream, to think beyond their borders and to see the world with “eyes of possibilities” rather than being filled with fear and anxiety.
Mrs. Golding praised her for introducing children to the joys of reading, and placing in their hands a collection of home grown stories to relate to, as they grow old and appreciate the stories and the lessons.
Copies of ‘Leaving Home’, by Veronica Blake Carnegie, on display at the St. Andrew Parish Library during the launch on Thursday November 18.
She said that Mrs. Carnegie’s stories are told with “humour and playfulness” which encourages reading, at a time when sitting with books is no longer a popular thing to do.
Radio and Television host, Devon Yetman, described the writer as “a very witty lady”, who is also very incisive.
“She is analytical and she has taken situations that we see every day, and she has put them in a particular light with her own style” he said.
Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica, Vivian Crawford, said the book is relevant to everyone.
“It could be dedicated as a lasting tribute to our parents, living and departed, because who we are we owe to our parents and what we become is our gift to them,” he said