Neville Johnston was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica at 12:15 a.m. on June 30, 1939, the fourth of seven children.
From a very young age, he developed a special affinity with nature, spending hours in treetops, swaying wildly in the winds; sailing paper boats down rushing rain waters in natural mini-streams; and savouring the forces of the sea and the parching sun of the tropics.
Neville wrote his first poem at the age of twelve. “The Hurricane” described the havoc wreaked on the island when Hurricane Charlie hit Jamaica on August 17, 1951.
Neville graduated from Kingston College in 1959 and moved to Canada the same year. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Toronto in 1961. He holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. Neville practises law in Brockville, in the beautiful 1000 Islands region of Eastern Ontario. He is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and is licensed to appear in all courts in New York State.
Throughout his lifetime, Neville followed his passion for poetry. His poems appeared in “Poets of Canada 1969” and in “Yearbook of Modern Poetry”. His first book of poems, “songs of my seasons”, was published in 1972.
In 2010, his second book of poems, “rimes of passion”, was published. His third book of poems, “wild as whippoorwills in the night”, was released in October, 2011. His fourth book, “the chalice full: poems for the common man", has been published for release in December, 2012.
In 1973, Neville was awarded the Vanier Award as one of five Outstanding Young Persons of Canada.
He continues to write poems prolifically in the natural beauty of the 1000 Islands.