Observer's Sharon Leach among 2011 Musgrave Medal awardees

Observer's Sharon Leach among 2011 Musgrave Medal awardees

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Sharon Leach, coordinator of the Observer's literary publication Bookends, is among the eight Jamaicans who are to be awarded the Musgrave Medal for their work in the fields of literature, science and the arts.

Leach will receive the Musgrave bronze medal for short story writing and the promotion of the literary arts through journalism.

This year, the list of awardees is headed by the sole recipient of the gold medal Headley Jones, who is being recognised for his contribution to the field of music. Jones designed and built Jamaica's first solid wood body electric guitar.

The 2011 silver Musgrave medallists include Hazel Campbell for her contribution to children's literature and the encouragement of new writers; theatre producer, director and designer Trevor Nairne; Omari Ra for art and art education and Dr Lawrence Williams for medical research.

Joining Leach in the bronze medal category are Cynthia Noble for merit in the arts, specifically dance, and Dr Tracey Lincoln, who will be honoured for her work in biochemistry.

The awards are to be handed out next Wednesday, October 12.

The Musgrave Medal has over the years served as a means of rewarding excellence in Jamaicans who have made significant contributions to society through their respective disciplines, particularly prior to the awarding of National Honours.

A gold medal is awarded for distinguished eminence in the fields of Literature, Science or the Arts, Silver for outstanding merit and a Bronze Medal for merit.

The Musgrave medal has been awarded to celebrated icons of the society including: Louise Bennett-Coverley, Carey Robinson, Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Sir Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Marcia Griffiths, Oliver Samuels and Rex Nettleford. Youth awardees have included Courtney Foster, Jaevion Nelson and Captain Barrington Irving.

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