Fabian M. Thomas is one of those inspiringly creative Jamaicans. There is no stopping him! I believe we first met at a Calabash workshop, quite a few years ago now. I was doing Fiction Writing with Colin Channer. Fabian was doing Poetry with Kwame Dawes. I recall that we fiction writers were extremely noisy. Our … More Fabian Thomas: New Thoughts, New Words
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
This week’s challenge is Twisted. My fellow blogger Susan Goffe has given a marvelous example, of the “love bush.” There are indeed many examples in nature. Also, I think, the twists and turns of discussions, deliberations…and the “curve balls” life sometimes throws you.
Apart from bouts of insomnia (is it the heavy, humid weather?) all is well. Our old dog has been taking refuge in our back verandah on a daily basis as thunder rumbles around (bringing little rain). It’s been an interesting week in journalism, actually – and lawyers have been very busy! I very much enjoyed … More The Holness House Revisited, Trafigura Looms and Zika Updates: Jamaica on Friday, June 3, 2016
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
We have had a shower in Kingston, and the air is cool and light. It is the Easter holiday, and since yesterday we have been resting in a cocoon of sleepy silence. The Carnival activities tomorrow are likely to intervene (yes, we have Carnival on Easter Sunday, just to be different). But meanwhile, our dog … More Easter Sprinter: A Memory
“C’est peut-être un peu pompeux ce que je vais dire, mais je préfère mourir debout que vivre à genoux.” Translated: “What I am going to say is perhaps a little pompous, but I prefer to die standing up than to live on my knees.” These are the defiant words of Stéphane Charbonnier, 47, publisher of … More The Crayon is Mightier Than The Machine Gun
It’s the first day of the hurricane season, and yes! The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has reactivated its Twitter account. Follow them at @MetserviceJA. But I hear the National Works Agency say they will not have any money to do things like clear roads and clean drains. That sounds ominous. Enough of that. Let’s just hope … More First Day of the Hurricane Season: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Forgive me, dear readers, if I don’t capture all the ups and downs of the past week or so – I have been absent, have undoubtedly missed some things and am just updating myself (and you) on all the current happenings. Henceforth, I will return to normal transmission… Rumbling and ranting on: The arguments to and … More Catch-Up Wednesday, May 28, 2014
I came across a beautiful quotation today, and thought I would share it with you: What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion. The quote is from Chris Abani, a Nigerian/British writer. Today is … More African Postman: Happy Birthday, Chris Abani!