Two Jamaican Poets at BBC Festival “Contains Strong Language”


This is only the second festival of poetry and the spoken word to take place in Hull, UK and we are proud that two Jamaicans, Tanya Shirley and Ishion Hutchinson, will be participating, thanks to the British Council. I really love Far District, Hutchinson’s first collection (he was born in Portland). Ishion teaches at Cornell … More Two Jamaican Poets at BBC Festival “Contains Strong Language”

Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018


This has been a wearisome week for city people. The traffic gridlock reached extraordinary heights when (at very short notice) a critical intersection at Three Mile was suddenly closed (for the next eight months, no less) at very short notice. 70,000 drivers were forced to detour through “not nice” neighbourhoods. Tempers frayed and motorists behaved … More Ann-Marie’s Launch, Cee-Jay’s Death, and Britannia’s Resilience: Friday, September 14, 2018

Special Announcement re: International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica, September 15


It’s the height of hurricane season right now, and we are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached the eastern Caribbean today. I just heard that it will not affect Jamaica before late Saturday or early Sunday and that it may be weaker by that time. The center of the storm is likely to … More Special Announcement re: International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica, September 15

PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018


What! It’s September already, and August ran away with me. It was a long, hot summer, to coin a cliché – in more ways than one – but now “disturbances” are hovering in the tropical Atlantic. They could be named Helene or Isaac… Here’s a roundup of news – but of course, I know I … More PEP, PSTEB and Happy Birthday, Miss Lou: Jamaica on Friday, September 7, 2018

BirdsCaribbean: Rescuing the Region’s Birds


It’s been a busy summer for BirdsCaribbean. It will soon be a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria roared through, causing terrible damage to several smaller islands. The initial response from BirdsCaribbean was the shipment of thousands of bird feeders and bottles of nectar and tons of bird seed to the islands where birds, bereft of … More BirdsCaribbean: Rescuing the Region’s Birds

Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons


Three Jamaican short films are on the agenda of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, which opens in Toronto on September 5. The two I have reviewed below will be screened on September 19, along with The Incursion (which I will review separately) and Kaneal Gayle’s film Dancehall’s Asian Ambassadors, a short documentary which you will find reviewed elsewhere. Kinto … More Two Jamaican Shorts Coming Up at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival: Kinto and Abeeku and the Maroons