One of the flagship projects of Commonwealth Writers, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open for entries, with an international judging panel comprising judges from each of the five Commonwealth regions: Zukiswa Wanner (Africa); Mahesh Rao (Asia); Jacqueline Baker (Canada and Europe), Jacob Ross (Caribbean) and Vilsoni Hereniko (Pacific).
The chair of this year’s panel is the novelist Kamila Shamsie, who is the author of six novels, including Burnt Shadows, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and A God in Every Stone which was shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction......read more
The eminent Jamaican writer Olive Senior, winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, will head the bill at a special event in New York City, hosted by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest at the Brooklyn Book Festival in September 2016. This is the fourth time Bocas has hosted an event showcasing contemporary Caribbean writers at the Brooklyn Book Festival, which is the largest free literary festival in New York City. Senior, who will read from her award-winning book.....read more
This year has seen the launches of some outstanding Trinidadian works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction, the Paper Based Book Shop is proud to reprise readings from four of this year's writers who launched books at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. These launch readings form the foundation of our fourth official Evening of Tea and Readings, to be held on Saturday, May 28th, at 4:30 pm. Their presenters are.....read more
It was a Caribbean first.
Nine editors from all over the region travelled to Guyana for a free, weeklong, intensive, residential fiction editing workshop.
Led by Jeremy Poynting of Peepal Tree Press (UK) and Johnny Temple ofAkashic Books (USA), the two largest publishers of Caribbean literature, last week’s workshop was part of an on-going region-wide project to develop publishing skills in the Caribbean and support Caribbean books and writers.
According to Marina Salandy-Brown of the Bocas Lit Fest.........read more
Thursday 21 January, 2016, at 6.30 pm
Moray House, 239 Camp Street, Georgetown, Guyana
Fiction and poetry readings by Tanya Batson-Savage (Jamaica), Felene Cayetano (Belize), Richard Georges (British Virgin Islands), Joanne Hillhouse (Antigua and Barbuda), Naijah Imoja (Barbados), Ruel Johnson (Guyana), Jane King (St. Lucia), Shivanee Ramlochan (Trinidad and Tobago), and Kim Dismont Robinson (Bermuda)
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The North Coast Creative Writing Retreat is accepting applications. The course is 3 days long and will include master classes in life writing, with Monique Roffey, and poetry, with Loretta Collins Klobah.
Held on the Caribbean island of Trinidad from 7-10 January, 2016, the retreat is for writers who have experience of work-shopping their work, and have either been published or are working towards publication. The course is open to between 16-20 participants, and the cost of the retreat is $TT 900 per day (including tuition, accommodation and meals) or $TT2700 for three days (USD $420 in total). To apply, please submit two poems, or 2000 words of life writing (or both) and a short resume detailing your writing experience to date to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is.......see more
Facilitated by Jean D'Costa, The Jamaican Writers Society in association with The Department of Literatures in English UWI, Mona present a workshop in writing fiction for children, this Saturday November 7........Read more
As part of its programme to develop publishing skills in the Caribbean, CaribLit, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, with support from the British Council and CODE, will conduct a skills development workshop for emerging fiction editors from 18 to 22 January, 2016. Administered by the Bocas Lit Fest, the workshop will take place in Georgetown, Guyana, with assistance from the Moray House Trust.
Led by Jeremy Poynting, managing editor of Peepal Tree Press, and Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books, the workshop is aimed at emerging editors from the Anglophone Caribbean resident in the region. Focused specifically on editing fiction, including both novels and short stories, for publication in both books and periodicals, the workshop sessions will include areas such as:.......Read more
Internationally renowned author, Honorary Visiting Fellow at The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (2014-12015), Dr. Erna Brodber, will conduct a prose fiction writing workshop at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. The workshop is hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona.
Dr. Brodber, a graduate of the University College of the West Indies (1963), was born in a small town, Woodside, in St. Mary, Jamaica, where she grew up with a keen sense of active community involvement and of the importance of oral stories and folklore in identity construction and politics. Her works thematically focus on culture, memory, displacement, Pan-African ideology, Diasporic spirituality, class, and gender...........Read more
Filmmaker-in-Residence at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Mr. Storm Saulter, will participate in the “March is Movie Month at Mona” series on Friday, March 20. Mr. Saulter will speak on the topic “Towards a New Caribbean Cinema” in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education and Humanities at 6:00p.m. His talk will be supported by partial screenings of his work
Mr. Saulter is Filmmaker-in-Residence in the Department of Literatures in English where he has responsibility for delivery of the course “Creative Writing: Screen/Stage”. A graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, Jamaican-born Saulter created a sensation in Jamaica with the release of his debut feature, the award winning film, Better Mus’ Come, in 2011........Read more
Professor Emeritus, Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris will launch his latest book, Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture, on February 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Lecture Theatre 3 (Faculty of Medical Sciences) at The University of the West Indies, Mona. The launch is hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, and will form part of the University Research Days 2015 activities at the UWI, Mona Campus.
The publication of Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture in March 2014 by Ian Randall Publishers coincided with Professor Morris’ appointment as Poet Laureate of Jamaica, the first since the country’s independence..........Read more
By popular demand, Kellie Magnus, Founder and Editorial Director of Jackmandora, a Caribbean children’s media company, will conduct a second workshop that focuses on writing picture books, early readers and chapter books for early childhood and primary markets. The workshop is hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona.
Ms Magnus is the author of more than fifteen children's books and stories, including the popular Little Lion children’s book series and several books for the Ministry of Education’s Literacy 123 series. Two of Jackmandora’s books A Book for Baby and Trixie Triangle were selected for the 2011 BookStart Jamaica Pilot Programme. She also co-authored the Jamaican translation of the best-selling children’s book parody, Go the F*** to Sleep with celebrated poet, Kwame Dawes.........Read more
The Guyana Prize for Literature was established in 1987 to provide encouragement for the development of good creative writing among Guyanese in particular and Caribbean writers in general.
During the Awards Presentation on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Prize it was declared that after contributing to the advancement of the literature through the recognition of Guyanese writers, the pledge to Caribbean writing should now be honoured in a specific and direct way. This need was further felt since there was still no literary prize offered within the Anglophone region with Awards for Caribbean Fiction, Poetry and Drama. The pledge became a reality when it was announced in Georgetown on November 2, 2010, that the Government of Guyana had provided funds to the Management Committee of the Guyana Prize for the first Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award, starting with the Prize for 2010. There will be three Awards.....Read More
CODE is proud to announce the winners of its inagural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. A-dZiko Gegele received the first prize of $10,000 CAD for All Over Again (published by Blouse and Skirts Books), Joanne Hillhouse, from Antigua and Barbuda, won the second prize of $7,000 CAD for her soon to be published manuscript Musical Youth, while the third prize of $5,000 CAD went to Colleen Smith-Dennis of Jamaica for Inner City Girl (published by LMH Publishing)... Read More
The biennial BIM Lit Fest returns May 15 - 17, under the theme "Crossings: Breaking Borders." Leading Caribbean writers and literary professionals including Erna Brodber, Verna Wilkins, Eddie Baugh, Esther Phillips, Mark McWatt and Ramabai Espinet will participate in a series of readings and panel discussions as well as an interactive children's programme... Read More
Theatre503 is now accepting submissions for its 2014 Playwriting Award.
"This exciting opportunity is open to both established and new playwrights, and to writers from all over the world. There are no restrictions on age, experience or number of past productions. The winner will receive a guaranteed production at Theatre503, and £6000."Deadline: March 31... More details
More than 40 children’s literature enthusiasts and aspiring writers turned out for the CODE/CaribLit workshop on writing for children and young adults, held first in Kingston, Jamaica as part of the Kingston Book Festival. The workshop ran on March 6 and 7 and will be repeated in Guyana and Trinidad over the next few weeks. Led by Jamaica’s Diane Browne and Canada’s Richard Scrimger, the workshop covered the craft of and opportunities for writing for children and young adults. Highlights from our facilitator’s remarks can be downloaded... Read More