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”

Remembering on November 11: The Old World, and the “New”

Today was Remembrance Day in the UK (always a Sunday). It’s a weekend when football fans have to momentarily stop their chanting as the Last Post is played on a bugle before every match. Then, after two minutes of echoing silence, the cheering is louder than before. It’s as if the fans are saying: “Well, … More Remembering on November 11: The Old World, and the “New”

The Second Coming

Last night, the great African writer Chinua Achebe passed away in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 82 years old. Up until his death, he was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in the United States. Chinua Achebe has a special place in Jamaicans’ hearts – largely because of his … More The Second Coming