NEWS

Aston Cooke’s Single Entry slated for Queens

Aston Cooke’s Comedy Joins the Immigration Conversation in New York

Immigration is currently one of the most topical issues in the United States, and Queens based Braata Productions is once again tapping into that debate, this time around through the comedic lens of Aston Cooke’s award-winning play Single Entry.
In: Theatre Tags: Jamaica, Jamaican comedy, Plays, immigration, Braata Productions
Kevin Jared Hosein Cops 2nd Commonwealth Writers Prize with Passage

Kevin Jared Hosein Cops Second Commonwealth Writers Prize

For the second time in just three years, Trinidadian author Kevin Jared Hosein has snagged the regional prize (Caribbean) for the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, this time with his short story ‘Passage’. Hosein first won the regional prize in 2015. 

In: Books Tags: Commonwealth Writers, Short Story, Caribbean writers, Commonwealth Writers Prize 2018, Kevin Jared Hosein
Four Writers from Jamaica & Trinidad and Tobago - Commonwealth Writers Shortlist

Four Writers from Jamaica and Trinidad Make Commonwealth Writers Shortlist

Four Caribbean writers hailing from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago made their way to the shortlist for the 2018 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize. The 2018 list features 24 stories from only 7 of the over 40 eligible countries and territories. 

In: Books Tags: Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018, Caribbean writers, writing prizes
Kwame Dawes co-founder and programming director of Calabash

Literary Heavyweights for Calabash Literary Festival 2018

Like moths seeking respite from the encroaching darkness, members of Jamaica's literati flocked to the lights of Redbones the Blues Cafe in n early April for the announcement of the 2018 Calabash Literary Festival.

In: Books Tags: Calabash International Literary Festival, Book Festivals, festivals, Caribbean writers
L-R: Alex Wheatle (2018 Judge), Shakirah Bourne (2018 finalist), Imam Baksh (201

Imam Baksh Cops Second Burt Award Prize

For the first time in its five year history, The Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, a writer has won the award for second time. Guyanese author Imam Baksh copped the award for the second time with his manuscript The Dark of the Sea.

In: Books Tags: Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, Imam Baksh, Burt Prize, Caribbean YA

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

Female writers had strong representation at the Calabash Literary Festival 2018

Big Ooman Tings at Calabash 2018

“All I had were words which are as flimsy as air,” read Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage.

In: Books Tags: Calabash Literary Festival 2018, calabash, Literary Festivals, Jamaica
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