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Commonwealth Writers Snuffs the Book Prize: Focus on Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Commonwealth Writers

The Commonwealth Writers Book Prize has died. It’s death was announced via the Commonwealth Writers website where the 2014 Prize was recently announced.

Signifcant Changes to Inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

On Thursday afternoon, the organizers of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature announced some significant changes to the competition, widening the pool of books now eligible for entry.

National Book Awards Entries Double


According to the numbers being produced by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, the island’s book industry is in a state of reasonable health, especially for a country with a small publishing industry and a populace constantly berated as ‘non-reading’.

Female Authors Dominate Man Booker 2013

Man Booker Prize longlist 2013

The 2013 ‘Man Booker dozen’ the 13 novels making this year’s longlist for the Man Booker literary prize has been announced.

Kei Miller Named Rex Nettleford Rhodes Fellow 2013

Dr Kei Miller 2013 Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies

In his latest body of poetry, Dr Kei Miller is charting a course through the intangible.

Stephanie Saulter's Gemsigns: Marked for Enjoyment

Stephanie Saulter's Gemsigns

It’s interesting the kinds of holes into which we try to pigeon our writers, even with the best of intentions.

Imagination Unchained - Debut Novelist Roland Watson-Grant

Roland Watson- Grant, author of Sketcher (photograph by Marvin Bartley)

It isn’t very often that a Jamaican living and writing at home chooses to create a story that, at least on the surface, seems to have nothing to do with Jamaica.

Official Poet Laureate of Jamaica to be Appointed

Jamaica is on the cusp of having its first officially sanctioned poet laureate.  While the post of Poet Laureate is not completely new to Jamaica, this will be the first one sanctioned and created by officialdom.

Intellectual Bad Gyal Unleashed at Poetry Society

Cherry Natural at the launch of Intellectual Bad Gyal

Dub poet Cherry Natural, let loose her latest collection of poetry, Intellectual Bad Gyal, at the June installment of the Poetry Society of Jamaica’s monthly fellowship.

Ezekel Alan on Writing, Jamaica, and Disposable People

One of the images author Ezekel Alan prefers to use as a 'picture' of himself

Ekezel Alan, author of Disposable People copped the 2013 Regional Award for the Commonwealth Writers Book Prize.