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Double Dose of Poetry from Mervyn Morris

Jean Lowrie-Chin collects a signature from Mervyn Morris

At the dusk of his tenure as Poet Laureate of Jamaica, a tenure which began in May 2014 and came to an end May 2017, Professor Mervyn Morris gifted the world with a double dose of poetry.

Talking Trees 2015: A Few Fine Moments But Less Than the Sum of Its Parts

Lorna Goodison closes off Talking Trees 2015

The Labour Day weekend journey from Kingston, through the hills of Manchester and winding down to the St. Elizabeth seaside has become a tradition for many of Jamaica‘s lit lovers. Usually, its to get to the Calabash Literary Festival, which is now unfortunately biennial.

Prof Mervyn Morris Enters the Drawing Room: Poet Laureate to Lead Writing Retreat

Prof Mervyn Morris to Lead DRP Retreat 2015

Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Professor Mervyn Morris will be leading the second Annual Drawing Room Project Writers’ Retreat, slated for the Liberty Hill Great House and Spa in Lime Hall, St. Ann, Jamaica.

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.

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: 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

Calabash 2014 - A Delicious Literary Fest!

Zadie Smith and Colum McCann at Calabash 2014

Last weekend, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, sizzled as the words of some of the world’s most renowned writers contested the sun’s unrelenting heat for supremacy.

‘Creating Space and Time for Well-Crafted Poetry’: Mervyn Morris Installed as Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris Poet Laureate of Jamaica

With his clear, insightful speech that was to the point yet engaging, Professor Mervyn Morris exemplified the reason he is an excellent choice for Jamaica’s first officially declared Poet Laureate.

Mervyn Morris is Poet Laureate of Jamaica

Professor Mervyn Morris, Jamaica's first officially appointed Poet Laureate

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.

Olive Lewin Gets Posthumous OM: Culture Dominates Jamaica's Highest Honours

Dr. Olive Lewin to receive Order of Merit, Jamaica's 4th highest honour

When musicologist and folk researcher Dr. Olive Lewin receives her much deserved, albeit posthumous, Order of Merit on Heroes Day 2013, she will become Jamaica’s 11th cultural icon to do so.

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