Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex


I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex

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

Styling in Rio


Well, the city of Rio de Janeiro is not getting very good press, with the Olympic Games around the corner. It’s afflicted with Zika virus fears, polluted waters, collapsing buildings and security concerns. Rio is a magnificent city. It is overwhelmingly beautiful, crazy, energetic, disturbing and ugly – all at the same time. When I … More Styling in Rio

Jamaican Writer on Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist


It seems our Jamaican writers are going from strength to strength. Here is some more good news from Commonwealth Writers. The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize attracted nearly 4000 entries from 47 countries, and a Jamaican writer is on the list: Nova Gordon-Bell. According to the website, Ms. Gordon-Bell is “a graduate of the University of the … More Jamaican Writer on Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist

Something Rotten


In the state of Denmark, yes.  A Jamaican version of “Hamlet” would be a challenge for any playwright (who would be our Ophelia, for example?) but let’s just insert the name of our hapless island in there, for Denmark, anyway. Last week was celebrated (if that’s the word) as International Anti-Corruption Day.  And oh, it … More Something Rotten

Postscript on Peace


Did you know there is a Global Peace Index?  It tries to measure peace (always so much harder to measure than war) and this year, it surveyed 149 countries – in the Caribbean, only Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti (in order of peacefulness).  Right at the top is New Zealand, where nothing ever happens; and at … More Postscript on Peace