What is Caribbean literature, who is writing – and where? This weekend, tune in to two online sessions celebrating Caribbean Literature Day. Yes, this is a “first”! And a wonderful concept. See the information below… And thanks to National Librarian Beverley Lashley for letting me know about this. By the way, I have reviewed a … More Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)
This is a story of stories. African stories, with just an occasional touch of Jamaica. But where and what is this Africa? It’s an Africa of our dreams: a continent we may be familiar with, and yet, something else. It is a technicolour tapestry of legend, landscape, history and humanity. When woven together with threads … More Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the Jamaicans who had been selected for Chevening Scholarships in the UK. It was great getting to know them, and I am sure they benefited greatly from their year of study. This year, even more Jamaicans (and one Bahamian) are going off to the UK shortly. Please find … More 23 Jamaicans Selected as Chevening Scholars: Congrats to All!
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
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
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
Jamaican men may, from time to time, get a bad rap. Sometimes (as in the case of the God’s-gift-to-women, egotistical Christopher Gayle) it is probably deserved. But – you know something? There are some wonderful Jamaican men out there, doing fantastic work, all over the island. I am mentioning just a few in this … More A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!
This dropped into my inbox yesterday from a powerful women’s network that I am fortunate enough to be engaged in. This article by Honor Ford Smith really struck home with me. It is something I have often turned over in my mind. Why do so many creative Jamaicans – especially writers – leave the island … More Moving the Stones
The last few days have been surprising, and interesting. One of the pleasant surprises was that we are celebrating the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize, Marlon James. A bit of good news here and there can’t do any harm; God knows, we need it. Positive energy news: There is good news from … More The PNP Does a Wobbly, Marlon James Makes a Killing, and What Color Are Mosquitoes? Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The political temperature continues to soar, despite cooling showers recently. One particular issue has dominated the news this week. A political “snowball” effect… Or rather, a very murky fog that seems to be enveloping…yes, you’ve guessed it… Outameni: Inevitably, considering the mess and confusion since the Prime Minister’s “explanation” in Parliament a week ago, lots … More Outameni One Confusion, A Sea of Green and A Distinguished Judge: Tuesday, November 18, 2014