The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence

What a fascinating headline that is! Quite a combination, all adding up to a week of empowerment for youngsters from stressed communities, along with teachers, caregivers, and youth workers.  This week is Trafficking in Persons Week in Jamaica. I am not sure if many Jamaicans have fully grasped the meaning, depth, and significance of this … More The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence

Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour

As those of you who read my book reviews may have noticed, I have acquired a taste for young adults books. I have reviewed a few Caribbean titles, which I very much enjoyed reading (please click on links to some of my reviews here and here). I will be following up with more reviews, but meanwhile, … More Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour

All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women

Wow. What a combination! Poetry and martial arts. However, the healing power of poetry and the strength and focus of martial arts do actually compliment each other. It’s a two-pronged approach to dealing with the issue of gender-based violence. As the summer winds down, it’s good to look back at some of the many – and … More All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women

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

#theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean

My heart was warmed when the champion of online creativity (who first introduced me to my great love, Social Media) Dr. Marcia Forbes greeted our small group of online writers at the beginning of her speech. “Bloggers are special,” she said. And so we are. Dr. Forbes’ company Phase Three Productions is a major sponsor … More #theOnlineMind 2015: The First Digital Publishing Conference in the Caribbean

June 30 is the Deadline for the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards

The deadline is coming up fast! Please do share with Jamaican writers whom you think might be interested! The categories for this year’s awards are Adult Literature, Young Adult Literature and Children’s Literature. Many thanks are due to the Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) for this ground-breaking effort, and to JAMCOPY and the Broadcasting Commission of … More June 30 is the Deadline for the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards

Bookish Things: The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Are Up and Running

I am trying to catch up on all the happenings of the past few weeks. Most importantly, as I backtrack furiously, was the launch last month of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. In the comfortable surroundings of the Jamaica Library Service headquarters in Kingston, President of the Jamaica Writers Society (JaWS) Tanya Batson-Savage proudly introduced … More Bookish Things: The Lignum Vitae Writing Awards Are Up and Running