Dorothy Lovell (nee Porte) was born in Carrington’s Village,  just off Bridgetown and an area which became the setting for the works of two of Barbados’ most known authors, Austin Tom Clarke in his novel Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack and George Lamming with his In the Castle of My Skin. 

Dorothy’s stories, like these two novels, reflect the lives of the black proletariat of the 1930s and 40s Barbados, the colonial times in post slavery days. Not much has been written formally about this group of people who made up the majority population of the island and Dorothy’s stories give them a voice and give her readers a glimpse into lives which were lived in their full colour – these people were not merely victims of slavery and colonialism but lived in their time.

Barbados Rediffusion and the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation through its Radio Barbados, regularly broadcasted these stories, featuring the voices of veteran story tellers, Alfred Pragnel and Frank Collymore respectively. [Look out for further development of this page]

Audio : The Shoe; This Land is Mine; The Blue Blue Sea; Red Letter Day; The Wedding

Text :  Granny’s Birthday; Father Bear. 

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