Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican writer, newspaper columnist and environmental activist. She has lived her entire life in Jamaica and engaged in a range of occupations – secretary, insurance executive, racetrack steward, mid-life student, social commentator, environmental advocate, radio talk show host, accomplished public speaker, and most recently, filmmaker.
In 1991, her short story, The Mango, the Ackee and the Breadfruit won the Lifestyle Short Story competition and in 1994, she began writing what became a popular weekly opinion column for the Gleaner, which continued for seven years. She won the Sandals EcoJournalism Award in 1995. She has written children’s books and her short fiction has been published by The Caribbean Writer. In 2008, her story The Blue Tarpaulin won The David Hough Literary Prize, awarded by the Editorial Board of The Caribbean Writer. Her debut novel, Dog-Heart, won a highly commended award in the National Book Development Council of Jamaica’s National Literary Awards in 2006, a Gold Medal in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s National Creative Writing Competition in 2008 and was published by Peepal Tree Press in March 2010.
Her awards include a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in 2000/1, the Ewan P. McFarlane Award for Environmental Leadership in the Caribbean in 2006 and a bronze Musgrave Medal awarded by the Institute of Jamaica in 2009.