NEWS

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
Richard Georges, Malika Booker & Ishion Hutchinson shortlisted for Forward Prize

Three Caribbean Poets Shorlisted for Forward Prizes 2017

Three Caribbean poets have made it to the 2017 Forward Prizes shortlists as Richard Georges (British Virgin Islands) has received a nod for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection while Malika Booker (Guyana/Grenada) and Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica) bot

In: Books Tags: Caribbean Poets, Forward Prizes 2017, Richard Georges, Malika Booker, Ishion Hutchinson
Lignum Vitae Writing Awards 2017 Now Open

Lignum Vitae Awards 2017 In Full Bloom

The 2017 edition of the Lignum Vitae Writing Awards is now in full bloom. The second iteration of the awards is now open for entries, offering $1 million in prizes across three categories.

In: Books Tags: Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, writing awards, Jamaican Writers, Writing Competitions
Ingrid Persaud reaps Commonwealth Regional Prize with 'Sweet Sop'

Ingrid Persaud's 'Sweet Sop' Reaps Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean

Ingrid Persaud’s ‘Sweet Sop’ has reaped the Caribbean Regional Award in the 2017 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize.

In: Books Tags: Ingrid Persaud, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Commonwealth Writers Prize 2017, Caribbean writing
Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys and E. R. Brathwaite films for Word Fest 2017

Caribbean Literary Icons Celebrated in Film for Word Lit Fest 2017

With June, celebrated as Caribbean American Month in the United States, fast approaching, the Caribbean Cultural Theatre has announced its line up for Wordfest 2017.

In: Film & TV Tags: Caribbean Literature, Word Literary Fest, Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys, E.R. Brathwaite

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

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
Safiya Sinclair reads at Bookophilia

Notes from a Cannibal - How to Eat Your Words, Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal her lyrical and entrancing debut collection of poems. Cannibalism is not a delicate art, it requires a strong stomach to deal with the entrails and blood.

In: Books Tags: Safiya Sinclair, Caribbean Poets, Jamaican poets, Poetry