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

“The Grenada Chocolate Family” Wins Best in the World Prize


I have a “soft spot” for the lovely island of Grenada, some way down to the south and east of our island, after spending some time there during the BirdsCaribbean International Conference in 2013. I’m afraid to say that I also quickly developed a weakness for Grenadian chocolate; almost every day you could see me … More “The Grenada Chocolate Family” Wins Best in the World Prize

Congratulations to the Winners of the Lignum Vitae Awards!


This is somewhat belated – I am tripping over myself at the moment trying to catch up on things happening. And this was a most important happening that I was unable to be a part of. “My bad,” as they say. But belated and warm congratulations to the winners of the Lignum Vitae Awards, which … More Congratulations to the Winners of the Lignum Vitae Awards!

Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Shortlist Announced


This has been an exciting week for Jamaican writing, with Marlon James winning the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Now we have the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards 2015 to look forward to. The Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) has just announced the shortlist. Here goes: Nine writers have been selected for the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards … More Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Shortlist Announced

Aunty Roachy Festival Returns to Independence Village on Monday, August 3


This was a marvelous event last year – the first of its kind for the Independence Day holiday, and a great success. I wrote a review of last year’s in my blog, and now another year has rolled around. Take the kids for the children’s readings – enjoyment guaranteed! Here is the JCDC press release. … More Aunty Roachy Festival Returns to Independence Village on Monday, August 3