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Dublin Literary Award Longlist

Four Caribbean Writers Make Dublin Literary Award Longlist

Four Caribbean authors from Jamaica and Trinidad have made the longlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. A total of 150 books have made this year’s longlist, all of them nominated by public libraries around the world.

In: Books Tags: Caribbean writers, writing awards, Writing
Tanya Batson-Savage and Kim Robinson-Walcott announce 2017 Lignum Vitae Awards

Lignum Vitae Awards Shortlist Announced

Six writers, two of whom are making their return the list, have been shortlisted for the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, a trio of biennial prizes presented by the Jamaica Writers Society (JaWS) and the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY).

In: Books Tags: Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, writing awards, Jamaica, writers
Marjorie Whylie as she receives her PSCCA Award from Peter Ashbourne in 2013

Edna Manley College Presents Sabor Hispano - A Fusion of Rhythms from Hispanic America

With our closest neighbours, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico currently trying rebuild after the catastrophic hurricane season in the region, it is probably more than just perfect timing that for its first faculty concert of the academic year, The S

In: Music Tags: Music, Edna Manley College, Marjorie Whylie, Jamaica
Jamaican Tony Hendriks Wins International Scriptwriting Award

Jamaican Filmmaker Tony Hendriks Wins International Screenwriting Award

Tony Hendrik’s Shoot the Girl began life as a statement of intent. Now it has become much more, bringing accolades and opportunities for the writer and announcing him as one of the Caribbean screenwriters to watch.

In: Film & TV Tags: Tony Hendriks, Jamaican, film, Jamaican filmmakers, JaFTA, Shoot the Girl
Ingrid Persaud reaps Commonwealth Prize with 'Sweet Sop'

Ingrid Persaud Wins 2017 Commonwealth Writers Prize With A Story of Death and Chocolate

Ingrid Persaud’s story of death, chocolate and fathers and sons proved sweet enough to earn the 2017 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize.

In: Books Tags: Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Ingrid Persaud, writing prizes, Caribbean writers

INTERVIEWS

Tanya Stephens calls for banning of the word 'female' as a label before artists

Tanya Stephens Talks Sex, Reggae and How Hatred Shaped Her

An eloquent and talented lyricist, Tanya Stephens delivered an engaging and provoking talk as the penultimate speaker in the 2016 Reggae Talks series staged by the Department of Literatures in English at the UWI, Mona.

In: Music
Tags: Tanya Stephens, Reggae, Reggae Talks, Music, Jamaica
Naomi Jackson debut author of Star Side of Bird Hill

Five Questions With Naomi Jackson

While at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Susumba caught up with the bright-eyed and charming Naomi Jackson debut author of The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin Press), published in June this year.

In: Books
Tags: Naomi Jackson, Brooklyn Book Festival, Caribbean writers, Star Side of Bird Hill
Christopher McFarlane and Maylynne Lowe in Basil Dawkins' Toy Boy

Chris McFarlane on the Art and Craft of Acting

Prolific is one word that comes to mind when describing Christopher McFarlane, veteran actor of stage and screen.

In: Theatre
Tags: Christopher McFarlane, Jamaican theatre, Jamaican Actors

REVIEWS

Florenze Webbe Maxwell bring history to life with Girlcott

A Revolution for the Present Day: Girlcott by Florenz Webbe Maxwell

The year is 1959 and Desma Johnson is eight days away from her sixteenth birthday. When disaster strikes in the form of a cinema boycott, Desma must try to make sense of the rapidly changing world around her and find her place in it before she is swept away by the tides of history.

In: Books Tags: Caribbean writers, Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, Florenz Webbe Maxwell, Girlcott
Tamika Gibson's debut novel Dreams Beyond the Shore blends politics and romance

A Contemporary Hit: Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson

If you have ever been intrigued by the inner workings of the mind of a Trinidadian teenager Dreams Beyond the Shore is the book for you.

In: Books Tags: Tamika Gibson, Dreams Beyond the Shore, Caribbean writers, Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, Blouse and Skirt Books
Heist by Maya Wilkinson is a bright, funny new Jamaican play

Heist Steals the Spotlight

Heist came to life on the stage of the Tallawah Drama Festival in 2014 when it copped awards for Best Production, Best New Play, and Best Set declaring its writer and director Maya Wilkinson an interesting talent to watch.

In: Theatre Tags: Maya Wilkinson, Jamaican Plays, Heist, Jamaican theatre, Everaldo Creary
Losing Patience - The Show We've Been Waiting For

Losing Patience - The Show We've Been Waiting For

The new webseries Losing Patience explores the bringle-inducing encounters of Renee Patience. To be bringle is to be irate, impatient, or even angry (sometimes with a small dose of (h)ignorance - ie the loss of all rational thought).

In: Film & TV Tags: Losing Patience, Sevana, Jamaican television