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

Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh

My friend, the quietly dynamic publisher Tanya Batson-Savage of Blue Banyan Books sent me this information on three great authors for young adults, who will be traveling to the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival this summer. I reviewed the novel “Children of the Spider” by Guyana’s Imam Baksh two years ago, here. It was a … More Award Winning Caribbean Authors Journey to Edinburgh

Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour

As those of you who read my book reviews may have noticed, I have acquired a taste for young adults books. I have reviewed a few Caribbean titles, which I very much enjoyed reading (please click on links to some of my reviews here and here). I will be following up with more reviews, but meanwhile, … More Happening This Week: An Exciting Caribbean Young Adults Book Tour

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds – in Rockfort and Trench Town

Quite a tricky challenge this week – but as my fellow blogger Susan Goffe observes, sometimes it’s a question of being there at just the right moment. “Against the Odds” is also about confronting challenges, to me. I remember a community meeting in East Kingston, with the non-governmental organization Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Rockfort … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Against the Odds – in Rockfort and Trench Town

Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

2017 is well under way now, and so far it is looking challenging. You could say, however, that each year presents us with new challenges (and many old ones, hung over from the previous year). I asked some women about their expectations and hopes for Jamaica this year. Here are their thoughts, and I would … More Eight Jamaican Women Share Their Wishes and Hopes for Jamaica in 2017

Some Thoughts on Hallowe’en, and a Jamaican Duppy Story

Tonight is Hallowe’en. It’s a celebration of all things gloomy, dark and deliciously disturbing. We humans have always had a fascination for the supernatural, and there is nothing strange about that. And indeed it’s another grey, glowering evening in Kingston, after yet another day of heavy rain. Elsewhere in the world, it’s the time of … More Some Thoughts on Hallowe’en, and a Jamaican Duppy Story

“Woman Tongue” – An Absorbing Theatrical Experience Gets Ready for a Short Run

I wish to congratulate writer, publisher, entrepreneur (and now playwright) Tanya Batson-Savage on her first play, “Woman Tongue,” now running for a very limited period in Kingston. In fact, there are only six performances, so do make sure you catch one. Highly recommended!  Here is the press release: April 21, 2016 Woman Tongue Gets Ready … More “Woman Tongue” – An Absorbing Theatrical Experience Gets Ready for a Short Run

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