Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Acclaimed poet Tanya Shirley is set to launch her sophomore collection The Merchant of Feathers (Peepal Tree Press, 2014).
Tanya Batson-Savage | Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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
Tanya Batson-Savage | Monday, July 7th, 2014
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.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Professor Mervyn Morris can now add Poet Laureate of Jamaica to his already impressive shelf of achievements, which include his 2009 receipt of the Order of Merit.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, November 10th, 2013
Nominations for the post of Poet Laureate of Jamaica are now open, with a view to naming the first honouree on January 26, 2014.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Thursday, August 29th, 2013
In every other way, it was an ordinary Tuesday evening. There was nothing unusually spectacular about the gathering of poets for the August edition of the Poetry Society of Jamaica.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Monday, August 26th, 2013
The Poetry Society of Jamaica will be engaging in poetic seance as they invoke the voices and memories of poets Blacka Ellis, Mutabaruka, M’Bala, and Tommy Ricketts, director and head of the School of Drama Eugene Williams as well as actress Hilary Nicholson in ‘Resurrecting Mikey Smith’.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
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.
Tanya Batson-Savage | Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
The pouring rains that showered down on Kingston on Wednesday, did little to dampen the a Yo! Yaddo! Word! fundraising event staged by A-dZiko Simba at Redbones the Blues Cafe, New Kingston. With words from Kei Miller, M’bala, Damali, Mel Cooke and Simba, it was poetry that rained.