Leonie's book out
"EVERY ounce of me is shaking and I am covered in chicken skin." That was the opening salvo from actress/broadcaster as she responded to the tributes at the launch of Leonie: Her Autobiography at the Little Theatre in St Andrew yesterday.
The book, a collaborative effort between Forbes and university lecturer/poet Professor Mervyn Morris, covers her life, taking in her work in theatre and broadcasting in Jamaica, the United Kingdom and in Australia.
According to the 75-year-old Forbes, she hopes readers will find pleasure and comfort within the pages of the book.
She expressed thanks to Morris who was "able to take my imperfect statements and make them into gems of the English language" because of his skill and mastery.
Organisers of yesterday's event promised a launch with a difference and were able to achieve this by incorporating Forbes love for the performing arts — theatre, dance and music.
Entertainment came in the form of poetry from Tony Patel, Forbes' former co-worker from her days at the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). Soprano Carole Reid and pianist and vocalist Harold Davis thrilled with a rendition of the duet The Prayer, while actors Nadean Rawlins and Christopher 'Johnny' Daley delivered hilarious presentations from Forbes' earlier work A Moment with Myself.
Local dance company L'Acadco, with whom Forbes performed a few seasons ago, brought their flavour to the Little Theatre stage.
Readings from the new book were delivered by actresses Sakina Deer and Makeda Solomon as well as actress and JBC alumnus Ruth Ho Shing.