Oshane Johnson…I was unable to read well up until grade four Photos by Cassandra Brenton

Psychology student pens first book

Looking Through Glasse is the title of the first book written by 22-year-old Oshane Johnson, second-year Psychology student at the UWI, Mona.

The fictional novel follows the life of young Matthew Glasse, who leaves his parish to attend his father’s alma mater in the country, and on his return finds that life is a lot different than the way he left it.

A Kingston native, Johnson began writing during his primary school years but took a break in high school to engage in sports. On entering university, however, this passion was renewed. “I started listening to a lot of reggae music and Barrington Levy’s Black Roses inspired me to write as I started thinking about the meaning behind the song and so came up with the story,” he said.

Starting the novel was easy but completing it proved difficult. He credits lecturer and playwright, Amba Chevannes, for motivating him to finish. He also drew inspiration from memories of his high school teacher, Mr Alexander, who was an avid writer of poetry.

Johnson completed his novel in a little over a year and revealed to UWIMONA Now why this was such a great accomplishment for him. “I was unable to read well up until grade four,” he said simply. He
overcame this adversity and went on to receive an award for the most improved student in his year group. He has never looked back since.

Johnson is inspired by writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Eugene O’neill, Gabriel García Márquez, Lorraine Hansberry and Tennessee Williams. He is currently in the process of getting his novel published and looks forward to changing the world through his writing.