Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music


Late last year, the cultural arm of the United Nations, UNESCO designated Kingston, Jamaica as a “Creative City.” The then Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment lobbied hard for this, and the Tourism Enhancement Fund reportedly put up J$3.4 million in support of these efforts. So, this is all good stuff. It’s a good selling point. … More Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music

And The First Color is Orange: Beyond Sixteen Days of Activism


I seem to be fixated on colors at the moment. One of those in the rainbow spectrum is orange – the color that represents the Sixteen Days of Activism following International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (except in Jamaica). I discussed earlier the dilemma of Jamaican activists – many of whom wanted … More And The First Color is Orange: Beyond Sixteen Days of Activism

Marley Visits the Museum: A Kingston Tourist Attraction With Forced Singing


Tourists in Kingston are a different breed from the kind you see on the north coast. They are not quite as horribly sunburnt, are less skimpily attired and tend to exhibit more variety in their clothing, demeanor and indeed their place of origin.  As we waited for our guide at the Bob Marley Museum to … More Marley Visits the Museum: A Kingston Tourist Attraction With Forced Singing

Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston


If you are in Kingston, I am recommending that you go along this evening to III (3 Stanton Terrace, Kingston 6) – a regular “plein air” venue for local, foreign and indie films in the city. The film will start at 7:00 p.m. (come early!) Admission is J$500 and drinks and snacks (including chick pea doubles!) … More Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston

An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015


“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Well, it has been a windy week and our yard has filled with crackling dry leaves. It’s hard to find anything good blowing for anybody, just at the moment. A terrible tragedy: Everyone has run out of adjectives to describe the murder of three schoolboys and a … More An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in Lime Hall, St. Ann


Last summer I participated in The Drawing Room Project’s first retreat led by Christine Craig, along with poets from Jamaica, the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It was an extraordinarily fruitful and enriching experience, and I wrote about it in this blog. This year, the Retreat will be led by our very own Poet … More Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in Lime Hall, St. Ann