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I haven’t had much quiet time lately. Reading, and writing about books – and writing in general – requires a great deal of quiet time. Gradually, however, I will settle down and have three book reviews coming up shortly: two memoirs (autobiographies if you prefer) and one is poetry and poetic prose. Here they are: … More Book reviews loading…

ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

It’s been one of those weeks that makes you weary. But, we toil on. The New Year (which we welcomed in rather muted fashion) already seems old. However, we were described by one overseas media house as a “gutsy” island. Sometimes one just feels tired. Perhaps it’s the humid, not-quite-ready-to-rain weather in Kingston. Nevertheless, let … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

Two Jamaican Poets at BBC Festival “Contains Strong Language”

This is only the second festival of poetry and the spoken word to take place in Hull, UK and we are proud that two Jamaicans, Tanya Shirley and Ishion Hutchinson, will be participating, thanks to the British Council. I really love Far District, Hutchinson’s first collection (he was born in Portland). Ishion teaches at Cornell … More Two Jamaican Poets at BBC Festival “Contains Strong Language”

On Fathers and Family, and Keeping Families Together

Fatherhood is complicated. For Father’s Day, I wrote about the many challenges, including those that face the family in general, on my Jamaica Gleaner blog post here. We know that often families struggle to stay together and to maintain some sense of cohesion. Poverty, crime, violence, separation, and ill health (including mental illness) can tear families apart … More On Fathers and Family, and Keeping Families Together

My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

Just eleven days ago, I posted the second part of Professor Bernard Headley’s article about family and migration – written against the background of the “Windrush scandal” in the UK. He was very happy to see both pieces published; we had been communicating via email over the last few weeks about it. Then, on Friday … More My Sincere Tribute to Professor Bernard Headley – May He Rest Peacefully

I could have been among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Conclusion): Guest Post by Professor Bernard Headley

I am pleased to present to you, for your reading pleasure, the second part of Professor Bernard Headley’s family story of migration, and what might have been. In those days, as now, these are weighty and complex decisions that vary from one family – or one family member – to the next. Sometimes, too, timing … More I could have been among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Conclusion): Guest Post by Professor Bernard Headley

I Could Have Been Among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Part 1): A Guest Post from Professor Bernard Headley

I am honored and pleased to share the first part in a two-part article, submitted by my friend Professor Bernard Headley, who has remained steadfastly focused on the plight of immigrants, including deportees, over the years. This is a personal story, as they all are: stories about people, families, fathers and sons and daughters. I … More I Could Have Been Among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Part 1): A Guest Post from Professor Bernard Headley

Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis

Following on from my last post, here are some thoughts from Secretary General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) José Graziano da Silva, ahead of next week’s Regional Conference in Montego Bay. I shared some thoughts on the obesity/hunger issue on Gleaner Blogs yesterday. These issues are so complex and interlocking, but solutions there are…and … More Hope in Times of Nutritional Crisis

“Demystifying” Great Britain – and Singing Its Songs

It was Monday morning at the British High Commission, and on the lawn some guests were getting a little restive under a tent. Calming music played, however, as High Commissioner Asif Ahmad and his staff waited politely in ones and twos for the Minister to arrive. A large banner in red, white and blue – … More “Demystifying” Great Britain – and Singing Its Songs