NEWS

Burt Award 2017 finalists announced

2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Finalists Announced

Trinidadians Kevin Jared Hosein and Lisa Allen-Agostini and Puerto Rican Viviana Prado-Nunez will be vying for the three top spots and CA$22,000 in prizes in the 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The three finalists of the award were announced today, March 22, 2017.

In: Books Tags: Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, YA literature, Caribbean YA, Caribbean writers, writing competitins
Lorna Goodison announced as next Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Lorna Goodison First Female Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Poet Lorna Goodison will step into the role of Jamaica’s second official Poet Laureate becoming the first Jamaican woman appointed to the post.

In: Books Tags: Lorna Goodison, Jamaica Poet Laureate, Poetry, Caribbean Poets, National Library of Jamiaca
2017 Bocas Prize Longlist

Bocas Literary Prize 2017 Longlist Announced

The 2017 Longlist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature has been announced and it is dominated by younger writers from the region, with six Jamaican writers included on the list of nine.

In: Books Tags: Bocas Literary Prize, Caribbean writers, Caribbean prizes, Bocas Longlist
Michael Thompson's heroes and street culture populates Sangster's Airport

Reggae Art Skanks into Montego Bay Airport

The vibrant, energetic interpretations of Jamaican history, lifestyle, and culture, especially music, that went into the late Michael ‘Freestylee’ Thompson’s distinctive designs, now greets passengers arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Ba

In: Art & Design Tags: Michael Freestylee Thompson, Reggae, Jamaican Art, Jamaican artists, Art
Erna Brodber and André Alexis are two of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Awardees

Two Caribbean Writers Earn 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize

Two Caribbean writers, Jamaica’s Erna Brodber and Trinidad and Tobago’s André Alexis were among the eight recipients of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize which awards writers at two ends of the spectrum - those who have made significant literary achievement and t

In: Books Tags: Erna Brodber, Andre Alexis, Windham-Campbell Prize, Literary 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

Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun exposes the murky underbelly of tourism

Rejecting the Single Story: Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel Here Comes the Sun should come with a trigger warning. Despite the sunny, cheerful cover, these pages are filled with drought, desperation and desire – a scathing exposé on tourism.

In: Books Tags: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun, book reviews, Caribbean writers, Caribbean literarure
Leasho Johnson's Belasario provocative exhibition the Sounboy and Belasario

When the Soundboy Rules: Leasho Johnson's Solo Exhibition

In his first solo exhibition, Belasario and the Soundboy, Leasho Johnson draws a pulsating, drum and bass laden line between Jamaica’s colonial/plantation history, tourism and contemporary Jamaican sexuality as it is often uncovered in dancehall.

In: Art & Design Tags: Leasho Johson, Jamaican Art, NLS, art exhibitions, Jamaican artists
Shara McCallum's Mad Woman dabbles in fire and duppies

Memory and Spirits Haunt in Shara McCallum’s Mad Woman

If madness means being plagued by memory, haunted by ruins of the past, and housing oneself in the thick of life, then may we all be so afflicted.

In: Books Tags: Shara McCallum, Poetry, Jamaican poets
Richard Nattoo 2016 solo exhibition Lost in the Echo opened at the Hub

Lost in the Echo - A Vibrant, Enigmatic Exhibition

Beautiful is not a word easily or often associated with crocodiles. But under the skillful artistry of Richard Nattoo, this gruesome, fearsome reptile is rendered a work of absolute and enigmatic beauty, in ‘Sobek’s Blessing’. 

In: Art & Design Tags: Richard Nattoo - Jamaican artists, Caribbean Art, Art Exhibition