BIAJ Chairperson, Latoya West-Blackwood, selected to participate in prestigious Edinburgh Festivals Momentum International Programme


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

World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too


It’s well known that we Jamaicans are hooked on poetry. But this year, we will have an official World Poetry Day celebration, with the Governor General’s endorsement. It is a result of the close co-operation between the National Library of Jamaica and our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison. There is also a new prize for young … More World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

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

Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge Takes Root This Labour Day


Well, it’s a tall order, but Jamaica is aiming to plant one million trees in the next couple of years – and 155,000 trees this year!  Kudos to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for supporting the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) Trees for Life campaign this year, starting on Labour Day (May … More Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge Takes Root This Labour Day

International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda


The Women’s Movement in Jamaica, in the Caribbean, and I suspect worldwide, is going through some interesting times. This is a world of “fake news” and social media, hashtags and hardening positions. The concepts of love, peace, unity and solidarity are fighting for survival in the TrumpWorld. I get the feeling people aren’t listening to … More International Women’s Day 2017 in Jamaica: Gender-Based Violence on the Agenda