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Kitson Town native publishes first literary work

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 7:00 AMRuddy Mathison

MANDEVILLE, Manchester:

Born in Kitson Town, St Catherine, and surrounded by 10 small adjoining communities, Garfield Angus, despite childhood challenges, always sees himself as possessing the resilience to excel at the highest level.

The release of his first literary work titled Triumphs, a compilation of short stories highlighting different aspects of the Jamaican culture and lifestyle, is a testimony to his grit and determination to excel as a writer.

Defying the general beliefs held by many in his native Kitson Town, that no one from the area can excel beyond a certain point, Angus, who is employed as an information officer with the Jamaica Information Service, has defied the many challenges growing up, including being separated from his mother when he was only three months old and dropping out of school at age 14 to writing his first book.

"I am determined to succeed as a writer and I have never let the challenges keep me back from attaining my goal," he told Rural Xpress.

"I did not have the normal childhood like many in my time enjoyed, after dropping out of school, the Manchester Parish Library was where I literally reside, having moved to that area."

 

I WAS DETERMINED

 

Angus said he became interested in journalism at age 19 and started working as a correspondent for newspapers here and abroad.

"My interest in the field of journalism led me to seek enrolment at CARIMAC, but I could not be matriculated because I did not have the requisite qualifications."

Continued Angus: "I was determined ... . I started as a correspondent with the Jamaica Herald while I sought the qualifications to enter the university."

At a recent book launch at the Manchester Parish Library, excerpts from his book were read to an appreciative audience, with Angus describing the stories in the book as real life experiences.

"The stories in Triumphs, while fictional, are apt descriptions of my real life experiences," he shared.

Founder and principal of the Hammersmith Preparatory School Michel Shah in his assessment said the series of short stories compel the readers to think positively.

"Students who struggle and women in abusive relationships will relate to this book," he told Rural Xpress.

Angus who has started working on his second book told Rural Xpress that copies of Triumphs can be found in major book stores islandwide.

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