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Three Emerging Voices From Jamaica Head to Bristol

Mel Cooke, Yashika Graham & Dingo are set for some reverse cultural colonisation

Miss Lou captured the mass migration of Jamaicans to England in the wittily titled ‘Colonization in Reverse’. Now three Jamaican poets have borrowed and tweaked the title for their own journey to the England as they stage a fund-raising event dubbed Colonization in (Re)Verse.

Kei Miller Captures Forward Prize 2014

Kei Miller wins 2014 Forward Prize

Jamaican novelist, essayist and poet Kei Miller has captured the 2014 Forward Prize with his collection The Cartographer Tries to Map the Way to Zion, the latest addition to his already enviable list of published works comprising two novels, four poetry collections, a collection of sh

Colon Man a Come - Olive Senior Gives Lecture on the Panama Canal

Olive Senior

For many of us, knowledge of West Indian participation in the building of the  Panama Canal barely goes beyond the lyrics of the folksong ‘Colon Man a Come’.

Halcyon Days: All Over Again by A-dZiko Simba Gegele

A-dZiko Simba Gegele reads from All Over Again

In her debut novel, award-winning poet and playwright A-dZiko Simba Gegele brings us the story of a boy who is figuring out what it means to grow up.

Mervyn Morris: Advice to Aspiring Poets (Sort Of)

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris’ witty speech at the JCDC 2014 literary awards should not be missed by anyone aspiring to call themself a poet nor by many of those who already do.  Shrouded in Prof Morris’ guise of humility, the speech is a poet's guide to understanding craft, housing me

Caribbean and Scottish Writers Trade Places

Diana McCaulay, Jane Harris and Lisa Allen Agostini

Trinidadian Lisa Allen Agostini and Jamaican Diana McCaulay will be trading places with Scotland’s Jane Harris as a part of the Trading Tales project from the British Council.

Poets Play Word Cup at Redbones

Mutabaruka

There was no football in sight, and so, being poets they played with words instead. The event was Word Cup an evening of word play. But poetry, was not the only art form to take over the field of play, as singers and musicians also had their time at the microphone.

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kei Miller Listed in 50 Greatest Love Poems in 50 Years

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kei Miller

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kei Miller have been included in the South Bank Centre’s list of 50 Greatest Love Poems in 50 Years, with Derek Walcott also included as one of two brawta poems on the list, which actually comprises 52 poems. 

Kei Miller Shortlisted for Forward Prize 2014 for Best Collection

Kei Miller shortlisted for Forward Prize 2014

Kei Miller’s most recently published collection of poetry The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, published by Carcanet Press, has charted its way to the shortlist of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection. 

Knowing Yourself is Wonderful: A Calabash Reasoning Wtih Jamaica Kincaid

Kwame Dawes and Jamaica Kincaid at Calabash International Literary Festival 2014

Theoretically, the Calabash International Literary Festival has no headliners. But in truth all writers are not equal and from the pack of heavy hitters piled on to the 2014 installation of the festival, Jamaica Kincaid stood head and shoulders above the rest.

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