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BBC trailblazer's story told: Biographer lifts the lid on radio woman who was Haile Selassie's pal

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Mejias,Olivia (Author)
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
London, UK
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Blacks, Literature, Women, Great Britain, Poetry, Caribbean, Marson, Una, Culture, England, Minority & ethnic groups, Industry, Traditions, Broadcasting industry, Radio, Jarrett-Macauley, Delia
Biographer Delia Jarrett-Macauley stumbled across Marson's name while doing research for another book. The book has been well-received throughout Britain. Copies have sold out during every one of Jarrett-Macauley's book-signings and scheduled talks. "I saw this clipping that said, `Una Marson, the well-known BBC producer is now on holiday in Jamaica.' And I said: `What! You mean we had a black woman producer at the BBC as early as 1945 and we don't know about it.' I decided her story must be known," she said. Marson joined the BBC in 1936 and made an immediate impact, rising rapidly through the ranks. In 1942 she became the West Indies producer and created the Caribbean Voices programme, which won exposure and respectability for Caribbean writers and poets.