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Collymore, known as "Colly" to his fellow Barbadians, was considered an extraordinary teacher who instilled a love for English literature in his students. He had a large library at his house and made it available to Iris students to read and amplify their literary knowledge. Barbadian author George Lamming recalls:
"The importance of him for me was discovering the meaning of books. He really introduced me to the world of books and to the possibilities of discovering oneself through books. He had an extensive library; 1 used to go to his house on Saturday morning to make use of his library, I would say that he was essentially the most critical influence in the shaping of my direction in what was called literature and in any ambitions I had about becoming a writer. He was solely responsible for that."