Living in the Gyre


These are treacherous times. We have to put one foot in front of the other, and try not to slip. These are anxious times. We have to close our eyes, count to ten, pray, meditate, take deep breaths. These are angry times. We have to hold onto our reason; some people have abandoned theirs, and … More Living in the Gyre

Crowdfunding Campaign to Publish Biographies of Marcus Garvey and Mary Seacole


Jamaican entrepreneur and publisher Tanya Batson-Savage, not in the least intimidated by the current COVID-related economic uncertainties, has come up with a great way to move forward with a new project aimed at Jamaican young people through her company, Blue Banyan Books. She is that kind of determined entrepreneurial woman. I agree with Tanya: children … More Crowdfunding Campaign to Publish Biographies of Marcus Garvey and Mary Seacole

Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)


What is Caribbean literature, who is writing – and where? This weekend, tune in to two online sessions celebrating Caribbean Literature Day. Yes, this is a “first”! And a wonderful concept. See the information below… And thanks to National Librarian Beverley Lashley for letting me know about this. By the way, I have reviewed a … More Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)

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

The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review


The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review

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”

The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica


The story of the Windrush continues, in different ways. Or rather, should I say “stories”? Because I see the Windrush as a mosaic of many human stories – of endurance and success, determination and disappointment. There has been some more local coverage; the Sunday Gleaner’s Arts & Education section included an article by Amitabh Sharma last … More The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica