About Joan Williams


I am a Jamaican who was educated in Canada, USA and Jamaica and hold a BSc in Economics. My initial training was as a computer programmer but I decided very early that I preferred to work with humans and not machines. I then got involved in Public Relations and politics in Jamaica, then moved on to become a workshop/seminar planner throughout the English Speaking Caribbean.

It was my passion for writing that drove me to establish Yard Publications in 1991 launching the “Back A Yard ” series which was an annual satirical review of Jamaican politics and I actually published six annuals before deciding to take life less seriously!

In 1993, because of my late son’s interest in Dancehall music and being intrigued by the new language I heard emerging, I started research into the youthful lingo and shortly after, published the 1st Original Dancehall Dictionary, with cartoons and all, thus making it both educational and very comical. It became extremely popular and the 6th edition of that Dictionary was published in 2012 and it is this same 6th edition that is now an ebook.

In 1995 because of my love of the great outdoors and overwhelmed by Jamaica’s unique beauty, I wrote the first “Tour Jamaica.” The 4th edition is now being prepared as an ebook.

For the kids too I published; The Original Jamaican Colouring Book; Count and Colour; Draw and Colour: Colour and Learn; all highlighting Jamaican scenes.

I have also operated several businesses from a very successful Public Relations Company to a chain of Children’s nurseries and finally a Real Estate brokerage but I always come back to my first love, Journalism and at one time or the other, have been a columnist in Jamaica for the Gleaner, Star, Jamaica Observer, Money Index, Daily News as well as the Miami based Caribbean Today and Amnesty International magazine. Because of my biting written commentaries, I was invited to do radio, first by the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) where I did a political commentary in the afternoons, then for over a decade, I was the alternative host of the number one talk show, “Perkins on Line.”

Although semi-retired, I am currently the Friday host of Justice, a call-in programme on Power 106 in Jamaica which is transmitted worldwide, an active grandmother, an avid cyclist and an accomplished artist.

I can be followed at; http;//joan-myviews.blogspot.com

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Joan Williams’ Books

Original (Jamaican) Dancehall Dictionary

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