BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme


Latoya West-Blackwood is a hard-working Jamaican woman with a special energy. She pays attention to everything. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a few projects. Now, as Chairperson of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, she has been invited to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland in August. I am … More BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme

World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too


It’s well known that we Jamaicans are hooked on poetry. But this year, we will have an official World Poetry Day celebration, with the Governor General’s endorsement. It is a result of the close co-operation between the National Library of Jamaica and our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison. There is also a new prize for young … More World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

Deaf Poets Take the Stage at Kingston Book Festival


There’s a very exciting element in this year’s Kingston Book Festival, which opens today. There will be one day dedicated to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – this coming Thursday, March 8. British Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus will participate; his visit is sponsored by the British Council in Jamaica. See if you can meet, join and … More Deaf Poets Take the Stage at Kingston Book Festival

Hurry, Book Lovers…Kingston Book Festival is Just Around the Corner!


The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) presents the Kingston Book Festival (KBF) 2018! There is something for everyone… readers, writers, publishers and more. It is coming up fast, opening on March 4. Are you ready? The Festival has been endorsed by Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams and it has what is called a “stellar lineup” … More Hurry, Book Lovers…Kingston Book Festival is Just Around the Corner!

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: Just a Few More Days to Apply!


People! This is a quick note to remind you that the deadline to apply for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is coming up fast. This is an “amazing opportunity,” as former YLAI Fellow Latoya West-Blackwood describes it. The link to the online application is here! And the deadline is midnight (Washington time) on … More Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: Just a Few More Days to Apply!