Born on August 26, 1955 in Mount Maria, St. Ann., Jamaica, W.I., Errol St. John Stephenson first attended Mt. Maria Primary School to jump start his formal education before heading to the Alston Junior Secondary School. At the age of 13, young Errol migrated to Kingston which has since become his home. Errol’s early life revolved around the Ghetto environment of Kingston, living dangerously and adventurously in an area where life was a constant fight for survival. This factor motivated his desire to help people to overcome this barrier of life. To this end, he attended various international seminars dealing with youth development and welfare. He became active in politics, where he got involved in social work.
Errol’s long and intimate relationship with the poverty-stricken ghettos of the ‘70s, when the proletariat was torn by gang warfare and political tribalism, was manifested in his poems as a poignant call for liberation of the ghetto youth. He was an elected Councillor with the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (K.S.A.C.) spending only one term before being controversially kicked out by his party, the Jamaica Labour Party (J.L.P.), who thought his type of politics did not conform with their viewpoints. A writer, poet, former politician, businessman, the people’s man: Errol, a man with a wealth of experience.
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