Mike Henry hails prolific author, Hazel Campbell
Veteran publisher, Lester Michael ‘Mike’ Henry, has hailed Hazel Campbell, a local literary stalwart and one of the more prolific authors the island has ever produced, who passed away last week
Campbell worked in the field of communications for many years and was also a teacher.
She won several literary awards, including the 1997 Vic Reid Award for Children’s Literature for ‘Ramgoat Dashalong: Magical Tales from the Caribbean’.
Campbell’s first collection of short stories, ‘Tilly Bummie & Other Stories’, was published in 1993 by Kingston Publishers (now LMH Publishing), and is a modern day classic that has stood the test of time.
Other popular titles by Campbell included ‘A Goatboy Never Cries’, ‘Drog: A Dreggen Story’ and ‘Juicebox and Scandal’.
Henry, the Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, was Campbell’s longtime publisher in his private capacity, and had warm regards for the late author’s work.
“It is with great sadness that we process the loss of Hazel Campbell, who has passed away. Jamaica has lost a lovely person - inside and out - and a talented writer who will be greatly missed by the literary community.
“She wrote timeless classics that have been enjoyed by children and adults alike over the years. We are blessed to have experienced her gift. My sincere condolences to her family," said Henry.
He urged Campbell’s family to be strong in the challenging period that now confronts them.