All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women


Wow. What a combination! Poetry and martial arts. However, the healing power of poetry and the strength and focus of martial arts do actually compliment each other. It’s a two-pronged approach to dealing with the issue of gender-based violence. As the summer winds down, it’s good to look back at some of the many – and … More All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women

Thursday, August 17 is Marcus Garvey’s 130th Birthday


On Thursday, August 17, 2017 Jamaica will celebrate our National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s 130th birthday. A few things will be happening: As always, there will be an official floral tribute in National Heroes Park by Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Gender Affairs and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange. Liberty Hall, at 76 King Street in downtown … More Thursday, August 17 is Marcus Garvey’s 130th Birthday

Summer Reading: Two Caribbean Young Adult Novels from Blue Banyan Books


At this time of year, we are all supposed to be going through “Summer Reading Lists” (fellow blogger Susan Goffe knows all about these!) and I’m going to step up my reading, too I think. In the past I have really enjoyed reading and reviewing Young Adult titles (although I am rather an Old Adult, … More Summer Reading: Two Caribbean Young Adult Novels from Blue Banyan Books

Belly Full! Book on Caribbean Cooking in the UK Now Published


Foodies, at home and abroad! Here’s some good news for you… Do you remember my post last year about the planned book Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK? Well, the crowd-funding was successful and the book is now out, published by Tezeta Press. Check out the website here for details. It looks fabulously yummy. Go … More Belly Full! Book on Caribbean Cooking in the UK Now Published

The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey


Dr. Anne C. Bailey is a Jamaican-born academic – an author, writer and historian. She is Professor of History and Africana Studies at the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton. She still maintains close links with Jamaica; we first met when she visited Jamaica during Black History Month. I had the honour of organising her visit … More The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, by Anne C. Bailey