Pandemic Poems, First Wave: Olive Senior’s fragments of last summer

Our first wave of COVID-19 in Jamaica was the summer of 2020. Almost a year later, we seem to be just creeping out of the second – and fearing a third. The summer of 2020, at least for me, was a slow recognition – a dawning – that life wasn’t simple any more. It wasn’t … More Pandemic Poems, First Wave: Olive Senior’s fragments of last summer

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I haven’t had much quiet time lately. Reading, and writing about books – and writing in general – requires a great deal of quiet time. Gradually, however, I will settle down and have three book reviews coming up shortly: two memoirs (autobiographies if you prefer) and one is poetry and poetic prose. Here they are: … More Book reviews loading…

“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 Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

There was a lovely book launch at the Institute of Jamaica last Monday morning. It was all about a book titled Breadfruit Recipes, Sweet and Savoury, by Andrea V. Whyte. The Lecture Hall is to me always a delight, with its wooden floors and its soft pink and dove grey furnishings. I sat at the end of a … More The Humble Breadfruit Has Its Day – and a Cookbook

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