Jamaica declares November 23rd Mary Seacole Day

Jamaica is hurrying down towards Christmas now, it seems. Not a gallop yet – just a gentle canter. Lots of happenings and running up and down, and things seem a little brighter and more lively than last year’s season, which was fairly glum. There is some cheerful news here, though. The Government of Jamaica has … More Jamaica declares November 23rd Mary Seacole Day

“Sickle Cell, Jamaica and Beyond” book presented to National Library of Jamaica

Professor Emeritus Graham Serjeant is one of those people from overseas who came to Jamaica “for a year or two” and ended up remaining for decades. I know a few of those! Now, in recognition of World Sickle Cell Day (June 19) the Professor presented two copies of his book of memoirs and thoughts to … More “Sickle Cell, Jamaica and Beyond” book presented to National Library of Jamaica

“I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

Our recently installed Poet Laureate, Olive Senior, has pledged to help foster environmental awareness through her poetry. She was guest speaker at this year’s World Poetry Day celebration organised by the National Library of Jamaica in partnership with UNESCO – a virtual event, of course. I am hoping that next year we will all be … More “I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

The Resilient Reggae Tiger Inspires National Library Staff in a Difficult Time

“Resilience” is a popular word these days. We apply it to many things: climate change, economic decline, hurricanes and other disasters. And COVID-19. Looking back at our Emancipation/Independence Day holidays, that was what it was all about. Amidst the online celebrations, the usual good wishes and Jamaican colors on social media, the underlying theme was … More The Resilient Reggae Tiger Inspires National Library Staff in a Difficult Time

“Physically Closed, Virtually Open”: National Library of Jamaica Offers History Resources to High School Students

The National Library of Jamaica must be rather a lonely place at the moment. No pesky members of the public requesting manuscripts, firing questions, asking where the bathroom is, and whether they can make photocopies. All the usual traffic has faded away; but the NLJ has always done a whole lot more than the regular … More “Physically Closed, Virtually Open”: National Library of Jamaica Offers History Resources to High School Students

Ross Urken is in Kingston to Launch His Book, “Another Mother”

Heads up for book lovers – and all the many people who I think would be so interested in this book! Ross Kenneth Urken is in Kingston and getting ready to launch Another Mother, on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Redbones Blues Café(a place that has moved quite a bit, but now … More Ross Urken is in Kingston to Launch His Book, “Another Mother”

Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison Receives the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

Quite apart from her considerable literary skills, our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison is a warm-hearted woman who has gathered all in her embrace through programs such as All Flowers Are Roses. Ms. Goodison is the first Jamaican to receive this award, and we congratulate her! You might be interested to know that Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott … More Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison Receives the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence

What a fascinating headline that is! Quite a combination, all adding up to a week of empowerment for youngsters from stressed communities, along with teachers, caregivers, and youth workers.  This week is Trafficking in Persons Week in Jamaica. I am not sure if many Jamaicans have fully grasped the meaning, depth, and significance of this … More The National Library of Jamaica Fights Human Trafficking with Poetry and Self-Defence