Despite all the pain and sadness, I love my Kingston… Kingston Creative is building momentum again (when did they stop?) and has announced an Open Call for concept designs. The deadline is just two weeks away – Friday, April 15, 2022. Hurry! There is always hope and resilience. Let it shine! Kingston Creative has launched … More Paint the City! An open call for concept designs from Kingston Creative
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Cast iron building on Orange Street – photo: Paul Hamilton This post was first published as a two-part article in the Jamaica Monitor, on May 2 and May 9, respectively. It is published here as it was in the Monitor, but with more images added. Part 1 A few weeks ago,…
Last week was an anxious week. The pandemic has infiltrated every aspect of our lives now, both at a personal, local and national level. And there’s more than a dash of politics, to give it some spice. Tropical Storm (now Hurricane) Laura gave us a rough time as it passed by. And we are now … More ICYMI in Jamaica, August 25, 2020: COVID-19, Elections, COVID Parties, and Laura
Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?
Kingston is our creative city. It always has been really, but now the enthusiastic team at Kingston Creative and increasingly, private sector supporters, are taking it to another level of possibilities (yes, more than one possibility – there are myriads). There is a bit of a flowering going on in downtown Kingston. As a cynical … More Design Week and Kingston Creative: A Flowering Downtown
This post has several of my personal “favorite things” wrapped up in it. Firstly, my always-abiding interest in Japanese culture (I have a Master’s in Japanese Studies); secondly, my great love of museums since childhood, when I spent a great deal of time in those places, and am now happy to say that I am … More A Great Partnership: Kingston Creative and the Institute of Jamaica, Celebrating Child Month
It has not been an easy week in Jamaica, I think it’s fair to say. Our island has had a bit of drama. On the plus side, the weather is gentle and warm… and I hear a pair of parrots chatting to each other in our back yard. Yes, we have urban parrots, woodpeckers, warblers … More Focus on Montego Bay, Shackelia’s Mission and Kemesha’s Inspiration: Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Well, it’s that time of year again. Email flyers are landing in my inbox, thick and fast! There is so much happening in and around Jamaica in this pre-Christmas season that I thought I would share some of this information with you. Then you can see what interests you. There is a mixture here of … More Jamaica’s Getting Busy Before Christmas!
Here is some news about the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. I am sorry to see that there were no shortlisted submissions for the Vic Reid Award, which shows there is perhaps some way to go with writing for young adults, at least in Jamaica. I have reviewed a few Caribbean YA novels, which I … More Six Writers Shortlisted for 2017 Lignum Vitae Awards
I am very much looking forward to this. Especially, perhaps, the presentation by Ms. Eartha Cole of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica on environmental education… Here’s a note about this Symposium from the National Gallery of Jamaica. On Friday, November 3, 2017, the Researchers and Curators Committee of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) will … More The Institute of Jamaica Research Symposium: Friday, November 3