NEWS

Kwame Dawes to hold master class, give Edward Baugh lecture and read in Kingston

Coming Home to Teach - Kwame Dawes for Three Events in Kingston

Kwame Dawes is coming home to teach - at least for a few days. The supremely prolific Dawes will be holding a master class, giving a lecture and be one of the headliners at the 2018 Love Affair With Literature.

In: Books Tags: Kwame Dawes, Love Affair With Literature, Kingston Book Festival 2018
Grace Jones biography Bloodlight and Bami to launch Voice of a Woman Festival

Grace Jones Biography Bloodlight and Bami Launches Voice of a Woman Festival

Grace Jones defines the physical manifestation of fierce. So it seems fitting that the Voice of a Woman Festival is launching on her impressively strong shoulders.

In: Film & TV Tags: Grace Jones, Bloodlight and Bami, Voice of a Woman, festivals, film, Caribbean Film, Caribbean women
Gretchen Allen's Genesis one of the pieces transformed by Hurricane Ivan

Art Through the Eye of the Storm: National Gallery of Cayman Opens New Photographic Series

In the wake of a hurricane most of our attention, and rightly so, goes to the trail of devastation, broken buildings, upended trees and often death that follows. Storms often take with them not only the things that can be easily replaced, but also the intangible.

In: Art & Design Tags: National Gallery of Cayman Islands, Art, Caribbean Art, Caribbean artists
Dublin Literary Award Longlist

Four Caribbean Writers Make Dublin Literary Award Longlist

Four Caribbean authors from Jamaica and Trinidad have made the longlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. A total of 150 books have made this year’s longlist, all of them nominated by public libraries around the world.

In: Books Tags: Caribbean writers, writing awards, Writing
Tanya Batson-Savage and Kim Robinson-Walcott announce 2017 Lignum Vitae Awards

Lignum Vitae Awards Shortlist Announced

Six writers, two of whom are making their return the list, have been shortlisted for the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, a trio of biennial prizes presented by the Jamaica Writers Society (JaWS) and the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY).

In: Books Tags: Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, writing awards, Jamaica, writers

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

Florenze Webbe Maxwell bring history to life with Girlcott

A Revolution for the Present Day: Girlcott by Florenz Webbe Maxwell

The year is 1959 and Desma Johnson is eight days away from her sixteenth birthday. When disaster strikes in the form of a cinema boycott, Desma must try to make sense of the rapidly changing world around her and find her place in it before she is swept away by the tides of history.

In: Books Tags: Caribbean writers, Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, Florenz Webbe Maxwell, Girlcott
Tamika Gibson's debut novel Dreams Beyond the Shore blends politics and romance

A Contemporary Hit: Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson

If you have ever been intrigued by the inner workings of the mind of a Trinidadian teenager Dreams Beyond the Shore is the book for you.

In: Books Tags: Tamika Gibson, Dreams Beyond the Shore, Caribbean writers, Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, Blouse and Skirt Books
Heist by Maya Wilkinson is a bright, funny new Jamaican play

Heist Steals the Spotlight

Heist came to life on the stage of the Tallawah Drama Festival in 2014 when it copped awards for Best Production, Best New Play, and Best Set declaring its writer and director Maya Wilkinson an interesting talent to watch.

In: Theatre Tags: Maya Wilkinson, Jamaican Plays, Heist, Jamaican theatre, Everaldo Creary
Losing Patience - The Show We've Been Waiting For

Losing Patience - The Show We've Been Waiting For

The new webseries Losing Patience explores the bringle-inducing encounters of Renee Patience. To be bringle is to be irate, impatient, or even angry (sometimes with a small dose of (h)ignorance - ie the loss of all rational thought).

In: Film & TV Tags: Losing Patience, Sevana, Jamaican television