Two Jamaican Poets at BBC Festival “Contains Strong Language”

This is only the second festival of poetry and the spoken word to take place in Hull, UK and we are proud that two Jamaicans, Tanya Shirley and Ishion Hutchinson, will be participating, thanks to the British Council. I really love Far District, Hutchinson’s first collection (he was born in Portland). Ishion teaches at Cornell … More Two Jamaican Poets at BBC Festival “Contains Strong Language”

Deaf Poets Take the Stage at Kingston Book Festival

There’s a very exciting element in this year’s Kingston Book Festival, which opens today. There will be one day dedicated to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – this coming Thursday, March 8. British Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus will participate; his visit is sponsored by the British Council in Jamaica. See if you can meet, join and … More Deaf Poets Take the Stage at Kingston Book Festival

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Perfect Match…of Poets

There are lots of possibilities with this week’s challenge – and I found a couple of photos that reflect a “perfect match” of Jamaican creative people, all of whom I admire greatly. They are all poets! Firstly, I took this photo of poet Ann-Margaret Lim with one of her mentors, Professor Edward Baugh at an … More Weekly Photo Challenge: A Perfect Match…of Poets

Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Today has been surreal. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order has created chaos, anger and pain at many airports across the United States. Here are a few of the almost nightmarish occurrences, which unraveled on Twitter this evening. It went something like this: On International Holocaust Remembrance Day (of all days) Donald Trump signs an Executive Order (EO) restricting immigration … More Of Refugees, the Huddled Masses…and Home (A Poem)

Spreading Our Wings for International Migratory Bird Day 2016

I have been observing the birds in our yard today and wondering if they sense the approaching hurricane. The unusually wet weather has brought one charming visitor to our garden though – the Ovenbird, who has been running in erratic bursts along the ground, tipping his tail, turning over leaves to find insects. Now, the … More Spreading Our Wings for International Migratory Bird Day 2016

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

The Caribbean Campaign on Climate Justice Kicks Off

“1.5 to stay alive.” What’s that? By the end of a recent journalists’ training workshop in Kingston, we were all muttering this slogan to ourselves as we left the Liguanea Club. The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, the United Nations Development Program and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, was … More The Caribbean Campaign on Climate Justice Kicks Off