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Five Writers Make 2015 Burt Award Shortlist

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2015 Shortlist Announced

Five manuscripts and one previously self-published novel have been selected as the finalists for the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The finalists who will be vying for up to CA$22,000 in prizes hail from Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

2015 OCM Bocas Longlist Announced

The 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Longlist

The longlist for the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, comprising nine poets, fiction and non-fiction writers from across the region has been announced.

Owen Blakka Ellis Revels in 'Riddim & Riddles' With New Collection

Ian 'Ity' Ellis and Owen Blakka Ellis at the launch of Riddim and Riddles

What a time to be a Jamaican. Although the country might be failing in many areas, the creative industries are in their prime and have been brewing a cultural paradigm shift that could change the common perspective on Jamaican art.

Kamau Brathwaite is 2015 Frost Medalist

Kamau Brathwaite - 2015 Frost Medalist

Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite has been named the 2015 Frost Medalist. The Frost Medal is the Poetry Society of America’s highest award. The Frost Medal is given annually for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

Another Heated Love Affair With Lit!

Prof Mervyn Morris, Sharon Millar, Tanya Shirley and Roland Watson-Grant

The Department of Literatures in English unsheathed another heated Love Affair With Literature to start off the 2015 edition of the Kingston Book Festival. With a quartet that Dr.

JaWS and JAMCOPY to Award $1M in Prizes to Jamaican Writers

The Lignum Vitae Awards: The Una Marson, Vic Reid and Jean D'Costa prizes

Potentially endangered is one way to describe the lignum vitae, a tree renowned for its medicinal and mechanical applications. This wood of life was once in great demand in shipping yards worldwide for its strength and durability.

Kingston Book Fest 2015: Over 24 Events in 8 Days

Poet Tanya Shirley reads at KBF2013

Members of Jamaica’s book industry are gearing up for the 4th annual Kingston Book Festival, which will turn the city’s attention towards all things bookish over eight days. The festival takes place March 1-8, 2015.

Mervyn and Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture Launched by Literary Icons

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

It was a celebration of two Jamaican icons as the Faculty of Humanities and Eduction at the University of the West Indies, Mona, launched Mervyn Morris’ Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture.

Mervyn Morris Miss Lou to Be Launched at UWI, Mona

Mervyn Morris' MIss Lou to be Launched

The combined talents of dub poets Oku Onuora, Jean Binta Breeze, and Mutabaruka as well as storyteller Amina Blackwook Meeks will set the stage for the celebration of the body of work and contributions of Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris with the launch of his latest book Miss Lou:  L

Verses Poetry Slam Grand Prize Doubles

Verses Poetry Slam 2015

The Bocas Lit Fest has doubled the grand prize for the 2015 Verses Poetry Slam, moving from a grand prize of TT$10,000 to TT$20,000 and therefore making it the Caribbean’s largest purse for a performance poetry competition. 

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