NEWS

Richard Georges, Malika Booker & Ishion Hutchinson shortlisted for Forward Prize

Three Caribbean Poets Shorlisted for Forward Prizes 2017

Three Caribbean poets have made it to the 2017 Forward Prizes shortlists as Richard Georges (British Virgin Islands) has received a nod for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection while Malika Booker (Guyana/Grenada) and Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica) bot

In: Books Tags: Caribbean Poets, Forward Prizes 2017, Richard Georges, Malika Booker, Ishion Hutchinson
Ingrid Persaud reaps Commonwealth Regional Prize with 'Sweet Sop'

Ingrid Persaud's 'Sweet Sop' Reaps Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean

Ingrid Persaud’s ‘Sweet Sop’ has reaped the Caribbean Regional Award in the 2017 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize.

In: Books Tags: Ingrid Persaud, Commonwealth Writers Prize, Commonwealth Writers Prize 2017, Caribbean writing
Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys and E. R. Brathwaite films for Word Fest 2017

Caribbean Literary Icons Celebrated in Film for Word Lit Fest 2017

With June, celebrated as Caribbean American Month in the United States, fast approaching, the Caribbean Cultural Theatre has announced its line up for Wordfest 2017.

In: Film & TV Tags: Caribbean Literature, Word Literary Fest, Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys, E.R. Brathwaite
Jean Lowrie-Chin collects a signature from Mervyn Morris

Double Dose of Poetry 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.

In: Books Tags: Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Peelin Orange, In This Breadfruit Kingdom, Poetry, Jamaican poets
The cast of Karl Williams' Welcome to America - A Caribbean Musical

'Welcome to America Again'? Caribbean Musical gets Extended Run

With immigration as one of the hot-button topics currently gripping the United States, the debut of Karl William’s musical Welcome to America - A Caribbean Musical could not have been better timed. And that timing seems to be paying off.

In: Theatre Tags: Caribbean Plays, Theatre, Caribbean theatre, musicals, immigration, Karl Williams

INTERVIEWS

Tanya Stephens calls for banning of the word 'female' as a label before artists

Tanya Stephens Talks Sex, Reggae and How Hatred Shaped Her

An eloquent and talented lyricist, Tanya Stephens delivered an engaging and provoking talk as the penultimate speaker in the 2016 Reggae Talks series staged by the Department of Literatures in English at the UWI, Mona.

In: Music
Tags: Tanya Stephens, Reggae, Reggae Talks, Music, Jamaica
Naomi Jackson debut author of Star Side of Bird Hill

Five Questions With Naomi Jackson

While at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Susumba caught up with the bright-eyed and charming Naomi Jackson debut author of The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin Press), published in June this year.

In: Books
Tags: Naomi Jackson, Brooklyn Book Festival, Caribbean writers, Star Side of Bird Hill
Christopher McFarlane and Maylynne Lowe in Basil Dawkins' Toy Boy

Chris McFarlane on the Art and Craft of Acting

Prolific is one word that comes to mind when describing Christopher McFarlane, veteran actor of stage and screen.

In: Theatre
Tags: Christopher McFarlane, Jamaican theatre, Jamaican Actors

REVIEWS

Safiya Sinclair reads at Bookophilia

Notes from a Cannibal - How to Eat Your Words, Safiya Sinclair

Safiya Sinclair is the author of Cannibal her lyrical and entrancing debut collection of poems. Cannibalism is not a delicate art, it requires a strong stomach to deal with the entrails and blood.

In: Books Tags: Safiya Sinclair, Caribbean Poets, Jamaican poets, Poetry
Heartbreak & Healing: Lynn Joseph's Dancing in the Rain

Heartbreak and Healing: Lynn Joseph's Dancing in the Rain

A twelve year old girl who believes she is a mermaid and an eight year old boy far wiser than his years find solace in each other in the aftermath of 9/11.

In: Books Tags: Lynn Joseph, Dancing in the Rain, Caribbean writers, Young Adult novels, Burt Award for Caribbean Literature
Jacqueline Bishop's The Gymnast and Other Stories - a literary patchwork quilt

Her Patchwork Aesthetic: Jaqueline Bishop’s The Gymnast and Other Positions

Having traversed the genres of novel writing and poetry, writer-painter-photographer Jaqueline Bishop dips her toes into the well of short stories and essays in her collection The Gymnast and Other Positions.

In: Books Tags: Jaqueline Bishop, The Gymnast and Other Positions, Caribbean Literature, Caribbean writers
Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun exposes the murky underbelly of tourism

Rejecting the Single Story: Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel Here Comes the Sun should come with a trigger warning. Despite the sunny, cheerful cover, these pages are filled with drought, desperation and desire – a scathing exposé on tourism.

In: Books Tags: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun, book reviews, Caribbean writers, Caribbean literarure