Dr Kris Rampersad, freelance writer and producer, has some 22 years experience in radio and television production and script writing, including documentaries, docudrama and biographies. She has also been a journalist, and columnist of some 18 years, and is author of the book Finding A Place (Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica: 2001)
Her first stint as a television writer with the original Cross Country was an instant success as it topped local programming of the time.
During that time, she wrote and co-wrote other successful programmes and has been involved in several other productions with Heritage and Footprints.
A journalist who has worked in all aspect of media, including print and electronic, and as writer and editor, she gave up the position as editor of Trinidad and Tobago’s most established newspaper, the Trinidad Guardian, for the more uncertain world of freelancing and pursuit of interests in writing, and producing for television and theatre. She recently worked with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s production of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s stage play, Steel – which revolves around the story of the birth of steel band movement in Trinidad. It saw successful encore runs in Trinidad and is poised for international tours.
Her book, Finding a Place, maps diasporic trends with exploration of the language adaptation by migrant Indians to Trinidad from their arrival without English to having produced the acclaimed “lord of the English Language” in home grown Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul. Described as “groundbreaking,” the book’s close examination of journalistic and fiction writing from the 19th century to the mid 20th century is on the reading lists for journalism, literature and cultural studies programmes at universities in the USA and Canada.
She holds a PhD and BA in Literature from the University of the West Indies, a Diploma in Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, and certificates in leadership and management.
She is a Fellow of the Foreign Press Centre in Japan; Wolfson College, Cambridge, England; and a Commonwealth Professional Fellow.
She holds awards in journalism from BWIA, Pan American Health Organisation Award, Moms for Literacy Award, Indian Institute of Mass Communication and the University of the West Indies.
Dr Rampersad has traveled extensively through India and Japan, Africa, Europe, North Central and South America and the Caribbean.
She has presented papers to universities and general audiences in England, Canada, the USA and the Caribbean, including the World Summit on Arts and Culture (Newcastle, UK), World Summit on Information Society (Tunisia, Africa), Rotary Club of Cambridge, England; the Caribbean/Canadian Literary Exposition, the Commonwealth People’s Forum in Malta and Uganda in 2005 and 2007, respectively.