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Jeanne Thompson began writing plays when she was about 8 years old. At that time she penned plays based on religious festivals for her music teacher, the late Lillian Weir, who taught Sunday School at Wesley Methodist Church.

Her interest in drama was further cultivated by the plays  of the late Fr John Taylor whose plays were produced by the Government High School Old Scholars Association and the late Margaret McDonald.

At Wolmer's Girls' School in Kingston Jamaica, she was fascinated by the way the drama teacher, Mrs Greta Lyons 'jamaicanised' Broadway shows like "My Fair Lady", and she was incentivized to begin writing again when Mrs Lyons led a workshop in drama for the Extra Mural Department of the University of the West Indies in Nassau.

The first of these offerings was "The Decision" which play won the play writing award at the Arts Festival in the mid 1960s.

This play was followed by "Bread, Oil and Standard", " Vicious Circle", "The Prodigal's Brother" "Columbus Landing" and "Father's Day" among others.

Ms Thompson also co wrote the popular radio soap opera "The Fergusons of Farm Road with her old Wolmer's school friend, Sonia McPherson Mills for the Ministry of Tourism in the early seventies. She later wrote another radio soap opera "Sam Finley's Sandcastle" for the same Ministry.

Among her other works was a radio series for the Bahamas Medical Association called "Clinic"and a series of christmas plays for Monsignor Preston Moss when he was priest in charge of St Bede's Catholic Church .