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Writers Unite: Jamaican Writers Society to be Launched

Jamaica’s literary landscape is about to get a little bite with the formation an association of writers dubbed the Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS). JaWS is intended to be an inclusive professional society, for writers working across varied media and genres.

Linton Kwesi Johnson Chairs Bocas Lit Prize 2014

Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson heads up the Panel of Judges for Bocas Lit Prize 2014

Poet Linton Kwesi Johnson has been named Overall Chair of the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize, the major literary prize for Caribbean writing coming out of the Bocas Literary Festival. The 2014 Prize, its fourth installation, opened for entries earlier this week.

A-dZiko Simba Gegele Launches Debut Novel: All Over Again

A-dZiko Simba Gegele speaks at the launch of All Over Again

For years, A-dZiko Simba Gegele has been steadily building a reputation as a strong storyteller and spoken word artist. Her growing body of anthologized work, largely poetry and some fiction, also cemented her identity as an emerging Caribbean writer.

Roots and Memory: Adrian Augier's Navel String Launched at the UWI, Mona

Adrian Augier, reads from Navel String

“St Lucian poetry, in the wake of Derek Walcott, is alive and well,” Declared Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh as he uncovered the roots surrounding Adrian Augier’s Navel String. Augier, a St.

CaribLit Launches Book Club with Ezekel Alan

CaribLit the Caribbean Literary Action Group

Caribbean publishing industry organization, The Caribbean Literary Action Group (Cariblit) is getting into the reading game. This week the  organization launched a virtual book club to encourage and promote the reading of Caribbean authors.

'Laaaaawd!' - Poets Resurrect Mikey Smith

Owen 'Blakka' Ellis remembers dub poet Mikey Smith

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.

Poetry Society of Jamaica 'Resurrects' Mikey Smith

Dub Poet Mikey Smith

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’.

Commonwealth Writers Snuffs the Book Prize: Focus on Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Commonwealth Writers

The Commonwealth Writers Book Prize has died. It’s death was announced via the Commonwealth Writers website where the 2014 Prize was recently announced.

Signifcant Changes to Inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

On Thursday afternoon, the organizers of the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature announced some significant changes to the competition, widening the pool of books now eligible for entry.

National Book Awards Entries Double


According to the numbers being produced by the Book Industry Association of Jamaica, the island’s book industry is in a state of reasonable health, especially for a country with a small publishing industry and a populace constantly berated as ‘non-reading’.