An image of a samurai looks on as a visitor explores the Spirit of Budo exhibit

Exhibition on Japanese Martial Arts Opens in Kingston

The word budō, is hardly known in Jamaica, but the Japanese martial arts to which it refers has fascinated Jamaicans for decades. The travelling exhibition The Spirit of Budō:

In: Art & Design Tags: Japan, Jamaica, Martial arts, Exhibition, Institute of Jamaica
David Scott, Editor of Small Axe

David Scott of Small Axe Receives Distinguished Editor Prize

With a name hewn from the Jamaican proverb ‘small axe fall big tree’, the Small Axe journal of Caribbean criticism is a journal built on the understanding the small things can have an impact that far outstrips their size.

In: Books Tags: David Scott, Small Axe, journals, criticism, prizes
Monica Minott launches her debut collection Kumina Queen

Monica Minott Launches Kumina Queen

If one was to believe in stereotypes, accounting would seem the profession least likely to produce a poet.

In: Books Tags: Monica Minott, Jamaican Poet, Kumina Queen, Kumina, Caribbean Poetry
Small Axe 2016  Literary Competition Winners Announced

Trinidadian Writers Dominate Small Axe Prize 2016

The winners of the 2016 Small Axe Literary competition have been announced. The top places have been claimed by ‘Mango Feast’ by Portia Subran for fiction while ‘Learning to Swim’ by Soyini Ayanna Forde earned first prize for poetry.

In: Books Tags: Caribbean writers, Trinidad, Small Axe Literary Prize, writing prizes, Caribbean writing prizes
ReadCaribbean brings over 50 Caribbean writers to 2016 Miami Book Fair

ReadCaribbean Brings Caribbean Literary Massive to Miami Book Fair 2016

The 2016 staging of the Miami International Book Fair will have a massive influx of Caribbean writers as the new ReadCaribbean initiative results in over 50 writers from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean participating in this year’s festival.

In: Books Tags: ReadCaribbean, ReadJamaica, Caribbean writers, Book Festivals


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


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
Jazmyn delivered an energetic and diverse set at Last Sundays in November

Jamming with Jazmyn at National Gallery of Jamaica

As the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sunday’s programme slowly and steadily ingrains itself into Jamaica’s artistic calendar, with each installment it is becoming the place and space to discover (possibly in that Christopher Columbus sense of the word) new

In: Music Tags: Music, Jamaica, national gallery of jamaica
Trevor Nairne uses Dancehall as a lens to explore Dennis Scott's Dog

Dancehall Highlights Social Strife in Dennis Scott's Dog

Trevor Nairne’s dancehallesque adaptation of Dennis Scott’s fantastic fable Dog is rife with sweet possibilities.

In: Theatre Tags: Dennis Scott, Jamaican play, Edna Manley College, Trevor Nairne