My friend, the quietly dynamic publisher Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Banyan Books sent me this information on three great authors for young adults, who will be traveling to the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer. I reviewed the novel “Children of the Spider” by Guyana’s Imam Baksh two years ago, here. It was a … More Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh
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
Here is some news about the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. I am sorry to see that there were no shortlisted submissions for the Vic Reid Award, which shows there is perhaps some way to go with writing for young adults, at least in Jamaica. I have reviewed a few Caribbean YA novels, which I … More Six Writers Shortlisted for 2017 Lignum Vitae Awards
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
Yes, a true confession. I was called a “bookworm” as a child, and my bookwormish instincts remain intact – even though I spend as much time (or more time) writing these days. Nevertheless, books are hard-wired into me. And today, in case you didn’t know or notice, is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day. UNESCO … More I’m a Bookworm and It’s World Book Day
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!
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