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
The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) presents the Kingston Book Festival (KBF) 2018! There is something for everyone… readers, writers, publishers and more. It is coming up fast, opening on March 4. Are you ready? The Festival has been endorsed by Mayor of Kingston Delroy Williams and it has what is called a “stellar lineup” … More Hurry, Book Lovers…Kingston Book Festival is Just Around the Corner!
The National Identification and Registration Act 2017 (known as the NIDS legislation) was passed in the House of Representatives on November 21, 2017, amidst considerable public debate. You can read the entire legislation here. For more information on NIDS, go to the dedicated website. You can also submit queries on the site, which has an extensive … More Submit Your Comments on the Privacy of Personal Data Bill By January 17!
There are lots of possibilities with this week’s challenge – and I found a couple of photos that reflect a “perfect match” of Jamaican creative people, all of whom I admire greatly. They are all poets! Firstly, I took this photo of poet Ann-Margaret Lim with one of her mentors, Professor Edward Baugh at an … More Weekly Photo Challenge: A Perfect Match…of Poets
Last year’s Kingston Book Festival (KBF) was a blast. You may remember some of my posts and the photographs. Now, the Book Industry Association of Jamaica has taken the decision to hold the next KBF in March, 2018. You can rest assured it will be something to look forward to! Please see the KBF’s announcement … More Kingston Book Festival Is On for March 2018
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
I think the rain dripping off the awnings at home puts me in a philosophical mood. It’s been a very wet weekend; the end of a month that has been in many ways edgy and distracting. I want to settle down again. And this morning I am thinking about…words. I am on Twitter a lot … More Words, Words…
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
There are lots of pop-ups, these days. Pop-up restaurants, pop-up stores… Why not a pop-up book club? Well, that is what local publisher Tanya Batson Savage has been doing with Kingston-based BluMoon Publishers, which has an imprint called Blouse and Skirt Books (“Blouse and skirt!” is a great Jamaican exclamation of pleased surprise). Founded in … More Books A-Poppin!
I was extremely saddened by the news of the death of Gabriel García Márquez, the great Colombian writer. He passed away at home in Mexico City, aged 87, after being hospitalized for a lung infection recently. Saddened is not a strong enough word, really. His works have always taken me into a world of intricate … More Thank you, Gabriel Garcia Marquez