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

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women


Wow. What a combination! Poetry and martial arts. However, the healing power of poetry and the strength and focus of martial arts do actually compliment each other. It’s a two-pronged approach to dealing with the issue of gender-based violence. As the summer winds down, it’s good to look back at some of the many – and … More All Flowers Are Roses: National Library of Jamaica Uses Poetry to Fight Violence Against Young Women

Summer Reading: Two Caribbean Young Adult Novels from Blue Banyan Books


At this time of year, we are all supposed to be going through “Summer Reading Lists” (fellow blogger Susan Goffe knows all about these!) and I’m going to step up my reading, too I think. In the past I have really enjoyed reading and reviewing Young Adult titles (although I am rather an Old Adult, … More Summer Reading: Two Caribbean Young Adult Novels from Blue Banyan Books

Professor Mervyn Morris Will Soon Be Peelin’ Orange


Although we will soon have a new Poet Laureate (Lorna Goodison, who I am sure will be wonderful, too) I will certainly miss Professor Mervyn Morris when he “demits office,” or whatever it is that Poet Laureates do. I will miss his deep, resonant voice and the wry smile that belies his dignified demeanour. But the … More Professor Mervyn Morris Will Soon Be Peelin’ Orange