Monica D. Brown is a Teaching Fellow, Media Specialist, Journalist, Corporate Trainer and writer who was born in Birmingham, UK. The daughter of Windrush generation parents, Iciline and Gersham Brown, she grew up in Warwickshire, UK, Clarendon and Kingston, Jamaica. She is a graduate of: U.W.I., Mona, where she studied Mass Communication, French and Literature, Warwickshire College, University of Warwick and U.C.E./Birmingham City University, ( M.A. Distinction).
In 1984 she received a French government scholarship to study Television Production in Paris. Upon her return to Jamaica she was the first Television Producer/ Director of one of Jamaica’s longest running television programmes, Hill an’ Gully Ride, which is still on air. Following a full time career in national Radio broadcasting she taught Media production at University and in 2002 received a Distinguished Faculty Award from Northern Caribbean University.
In 2007, the BBC selected Monica among six others across the UK, to explore their family history. The DNA test results inspired family journeys to Tanzania and Zanzibar in 2009 and 2016 in search of Tanzanian roots. Monica’s book, Journey back to Zanzibar, a loosely autobiographical anthology, traces Monica’s journey, in part, back to Zanzibar. The anthology was translated into Swahili, ‘Safari Kuelekea Tena Unguja’ in 2016 by THE LANGUAGE SHOP, N.Y. Monica is currently working on a collection of post Windrush short stories, ‘Going to England’.
Monica conducts creative writing workshops and in November 2013 was selected for a Callaloo Writing Fellowship at Goldsmiths University, London. She is also a speaker and offers Communications Coaching and Media Engagement Training for Companies, Charities and individuals.