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”

International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind


September 8, 2018, is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day – since 1967. This year’s International Conference on Literacy and Skills Development in Paris on September 7 will explore ways to make effective connections between literacy and technical and vocational skills in policies, practice, systems, and governance. This seems a pretty relevant topic for Jamaica, as we seek to upgrade the … More International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind

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

British Council Supports Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation


The British Council in Jamaica is doing some very interesting work at the moment in the field of education. It’s all about gender equity and it is part of the British Council’s focus on inclusiveness, here in Jamaica, which I welcome. This week they are holding workshops in Kingston, in a continuance of May’s Child … More British Council Supports Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation

The British Council’s Boys in Education Week


What are the challenges facing boys in education – and where are the opportunities for them to excel? The British Council’s second annual Boys in Education Week is designed to give the boys the support they need – including mentoring, and the possibility of a more long term project in this area. Anyway, here is … More The British Council’s Boys in Education Week

Shakespeare in the Caribbean Documentary Premieres at UWI’s “March is Movie Month”


The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus is hosting a March is Movie Month film festival. The British Council will present the premiere of  Shakespeare in the Caribbean, a documentary commissioned in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Entrance is free! Please see the information below. Shakespeare in the Caribbean | the Caribbean … More Shakespeare in the Caribbean Documentary Premieres at UWI’s “March is Movie Month”

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