Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape


The Kingston Buttercup has a small yellow flower. It grows with determination by the roadside, prickly but ignored. Ann-Margaret Lim’s title poem in her second collection of poetry Kingston Buttercup describes a glimpse of this little city flower as a kind of release from the pressure of traffic, winding down from her home in Red Hills. It’s … More Kingston Buttercup: Duppies, Families and Yellow Tape

Yes, Kingston is a Creative City, But It’s Not Just Reggae Music


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

Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books


The Kingston Book Festival is about to spring into action, for the fifth year. The first public (free) event will be on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Love Affair With Literature 5 at the N1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus. Beloved … More Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books

The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul


Elections are over! Many of us (except perhaps the outgoing administration) are breathing a sigh of relief. Today we are having healing rain. Let’s look forward now to a week of enjoyment, delight, refreshment, relaxation – all in support of the written word! Here comes the Kingston Book Festival, with so many things happening it … More The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul

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

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