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

Bookish Delights: Highlights of the Kingston Book Festival 2016


Last week (March 5 – 12) was a delight. It was the Kingston Book Festival 2016. Spirited discussions took place. There were insightful information sessions, entrancing readings of poetry and prose…and the Kingston Book Fair, bright, noisy and fun. Throughout the week and at every event, there was busy networking, quiet sharing of ideas, mutual … More Bookish Delights: Highlights of the Kingston Book Festival 2016

Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books


The Kingston Book Festival is about to spring into action, for the fifth year. The first public (free) event will be on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. – Love Affair With Literature 5 at the N1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus. Beloved … More Kingston Book Festival: Celebrating the Creative City, Nurturing a Love of Books

The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul


Elections are over! Many of us (except perhaps the outgoing administration) are breathing a sigh of relief. Today we are having healing rain. Let’s look forward now to a week of enjoyment, delight, refreshment, relaxation – all in support of the written word! Here comes the Kingston Book Festival, with so many things happening it … More The Kingston Book Festival Will Refresh Your Soul

Moving the Stones


This dropped into my inbox yesterday from a powerful women’s network that I am fortunate enough to be engaged in. This article by Honor Ford Smith really struck home with me. It is something I have often turned over in my mind. Why do so many creative Jamaicans – especially writers – leave the island … More Moving the Stones