He spent 26 years of his life locked up at the Richmond Hill prison in Grenada for his part in the famous 1983 Grenada Revolution which claimed the life of then prime minister Maurice Bishop.
Now Joseph Ewart Layne has now chronicled what he describes as “the 1979 Grenada Revolution.”
Layne was among the group that participated in the assault on the army barracks that signaled the start of action that led to the removal of Grenadian prime minister Eric Gairy’s regime almost 35 years ago.
He was among 17 government and army officials convicted in the 19 October 1983 events that led to the deaths of revolutionary Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and other Grenadians.
During his stay in prison, Layne earned two law degrees from London University and studied at Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad following his release from jail in 2009. “I am a recent graduate of the Sir Hugh Wooding Law school and I hope to begin a career in law practicing in the Eastern Caribbean, ” Layne said.
Recently, a high court judge rejected Layne’s application to be admitted to the local bar to practice law in Grenada, because of his jail conviction.
Accompanied by his wife, Layne took his first trip to Dominica where he launched his book.
He explained to Dominica News Online that the book, entitled “We move tonight: the making of the Grenada Revolution”, gives an account of the most poignant moment in Caribbean political history when a group of young “revolutionaries led by the late Maurice Bishop and several others risked their lives to establish the English speaking Caribbean’s first and only revolution. “
He said “We Move Tonight,” chronicles the “twists and turns in the struggle against the Eric Gairy regime” and in particular, the strategies and tactics of the leadership of the New Jewel Movement. (NJM).
He said he is happy to be given the opportunity so people can learn more about and better understand the events surrounding March 13, 1979, in the Spice Isle Grenada.