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Una Marson was a pioneering Jamaican poet, dramatist, journalist, and broadcaster whose most prolific period was the 1930s, during which she divided her time between Kingston, Jamaica, and London, England. Her writing consistently reflects her commitment to local and global feminism. Her interest in racial and national politics became increasingly apparent in her life and her writings, most notably in The Moth and the Star (1937), a poetry collection infused with blues sounds exploring the complexities of black female identity, and in "Pocomania" (1938), a play about the controversial African-based religious cult of that name in Jamaica.
6 February 1905 UM was born at the Sharon Mission House in rural Jamaica. Bibliographic Citation link.
January-March 1928 While working as an assistant editor for the Jamaica Critic in Kingston, UM published her first articles on 'feminine' subjects, such as "The Language of Flowers" and "Friendship". Bibliographic Citation link.
11 June 1932 UM's first play, "At What a Price", about a stenographer from rural Jamaica, was first performed at the Ward Theatre in Kingston. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 November 1933 UM mounted a production of her own play, "At What a Price", at the YWCA hostel in Great Russell Street, London, using members of the League of Coloured Peoples as performers. Bibliographic Citation link.
15-17 January 1934 UM's "At What a Price" ran for three nights at the Scala Theatre, where it became the first black colonial production in London's West End. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 January 1938 The Kingston Dramatic Club's production of UM's "Pocomania", a play exploring the appeal of the Afro-Christian folk religion gaining popularity in Jamaica, opened at the Ward Theatre in Kingston. Bibliographic Citation link.
2 August 1964 One of UM's last articles, "Women Poets of Jamaica", appeared in Kingston's Daily Gleaner. Bibliographic Citation link.
6 May 1965 UM died of a heart attack in Kingston, Jamaica. Bibliographic Citation link.
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