Jamaica’s Diana McCaulay wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean, for the second time

Huge congratulations to Jamaican writer and environmentalist Diana McCaulay, who is the Caribbean winner for the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize – her second win (she first won ten years ago). The regional winners were announced on May 23 (London time). Diana’s strong competitors were fellow Jamaican Sharma Taylor and 2019 winner Alexia Tolas from … More Jamaica’s Diana McCaulay wins Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Caribbean, for the second time

Three Caribbean writers shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

There are three woman writers, from The Bahamas and Jamaica, vying for the Regional Prize for the Caribbean in the 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The shortlist, announced on April 25, includes two previous winners, Jamaican Diana McCaulay (2012) – who has just completed her sixth novel, stay tuned! – and the Bahamas’ Alexia Tolas … More Three Caribbean writers shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Jamaica Update, June 18, 2021: The city’s hottest day, Trench Town blues, and an Uber surprise

Phew! What a week. We have been under a stifling blanket of Saharan dust for the past couple of days, and endured our hottest day ever in Kingston (June 12). The best thing to do is hide indoors in the daytime and come out to exercise etc. after dark. It has been an exhausting week. … More Jamaica Update, June 18, 2021: The city’s hottest day, Trench Town blues, and an Uber surprise

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)

Just a Little Bit More: A Kingston Bookshop Soiree…

I omitted two special “bookish” items from my last post. How could I? There’s a lot going on at the moment, and yes – I know that’s a lame excuse. So here goes… Firstly… Our bookstores are getting creative and doing special events for book lovers, writers and more. It’s a great way to mingle … More Just a Little Bit More: A Kingston Bookshop Soiree…

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

Aunty Roachy Festival Returns to Independence Village on Monday, August 3

This was a marvelous event last year – the first of its kind for the Independence Day holiday, and a great success. I wrote a review of last year’s in my blog, and now another year has rolled around. Take the kids for the children’s readings – enjoyment guaranteed! Here is the JCDC press release. … More Aunty Roachy Festival Returns to Independence Village on Monday, August 3

A Book-Filled Week Begins! The Kingston Book Festival, March 1 – 7, 2015

Today is March 1, the beginning of a full week of books, writers, readings and discussions. Yes, Kingston Book Festival begins today. In fact, it started today – but due to domestic issues I was unable to attend what I understand was a wonderfully lively Sunday morning session at the University of the West Indies … More A Book-Filled Week Begins! The Kingston Book Festival, March 1 – 7, 2015

Marcus Garvey’s Birthday, Kentucky Kid, and a Radio Tower: Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy birthday, Mr. Garvey! Celebrations have been taking place at our National Hero’s former headquarters, Liberty Hall on King Street. It’s been an edgy sort of week. No rain fell in Kingston this week. The drought has returned, and so has the heat. The holiday mood is steadily evaporating. One thing that has not returned is … More Marcus Garvey’s Birthday, Kentucky Kid, and a Radio Tower: Sunday, August 17, 2014