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Tallawah Drama Festival: A Beacon of Possibility for Caribbean Theatre

Maya Wilkinson's The Heist, Tallawah 2014

When the curtains came down on the 2014 edition of the tertiary drama festival Tallawah, Maya Wilkinson’s hilarious comedy The Heist had snatched up five of the trophies including that for Best Production.

An Artistic Oasis Grows in the City: Plant Jamaica and Paint Jamaica

Paint Jamaica

“You know where Fleet Street is?” we call to the driver in the car sitting beside us at the stoplight. My friend and I are trying to make it down to the Plant Jamaica and Paint Jamaica projects down in South Side, Kingston.

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

Two Sisters and a Cookbook: Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau

Michelle & Suzanne Rousseau the women behind Caribbean Potluck

The heat of the summer’s day was beginning to dissipate but the CPJ Market Place, one of the current hubs of Kingston’s trendy, was crackling with energy from the official launch of Caribbean Potluck: Modern Recipes from Our Family Kitchen by Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau .

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kei Miller Listed in 50 Greatest Love Poems in 50 Years

Linton Kwesi Johnson and Kei Miller

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. 

Colour Me: Vibrant and Inventive!

Quilt - Colour Me

If you haven't yet donated to Go Fund Me campaign to get The Quilt performing arts company to the 2014 Contacting the World Festival, it's about time you did!

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.

'We're hardwired to desire stories': Salman Rushdie at Calabash 2014

Paul Holdengraber interviews Salman Rushdie at Calabash 2014

When Sir Salman Rushdie took over the thatched-roofed stage by the bay at Calabash International Literary Festival 2014, it seemed that the venue suddenly had more patrons than grass.

Of Poets and Crickets: The Drawing Room Project

Christine Craig

“Bring yuh blanket” the poster for Reading Nights in Air advised, warning of the cool St. Mary nights. It was good advice, and though there were no blankets about, the poets in the audience had instead armed themselves with their verse.

A-dZiko Simba Gegele Snags Inaugural Burt Award

A-dZiko Simba Gegele receives her award from William 'Bill' Burt

From a field of six shortlisted entrants for the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, Jamaica’s A-dZiko Simba Gegele’s vibrant debut novel All Over Again (published by Blouse and Skirt Books) danced to the finish line to earn the top award.

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