Claudette Beckford-Brady is an award-winning novelist and short-story writer. She was born in Old Harbour, Jamaica, where she spent the first seven years of her life before going to join her parents who had migrated to the United Kingdom leaving her in the care of her great-grandmother. She learned to read at her great-gran’s knee and it was there she developed the love of reading which has stayed with her throughout her life. At some point during her early years it occurred to her that she could perhaps write as good as, if not better, than some of the authors she was reading and this inspired her to start writing short stories. She began entering her stories in literary competitions in 1991 where she achieved great success, winning a number of awards. Two of her award winning short stories are featured in The Gold Anthology, which is a collection of award winning entries from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s annual literary competition. Claudette also has three published novels.