It is said that fiction writing is never really fiction. After all some of the best literary works are borne from personal experiences and observation. Oonya Kempadoo pulls her readers into a colourful world filled with dynamic characters and captivating story-telling set against the backdrop of the ‘culturally-rich’ island of Trinidad. All Decent Animals is a love story in many ways, capturing vivid cultural and island images, relationships and the loyalties that hold them together.
CODE is proud to announce the finalists for its inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. The finalists were selected by a jury administered by The Bocas Lit Fest and made up of writers, literacy experts and academics from the Caribbean and Canada. The three winners of the first edition of this annual Award will be announced on April 25th, 2014 at a Gala to be held as part of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago... Read More
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
St. George’s University, Grenada, and CaribLit, the Caribbean Literature Action Group, are pleased to announce that Trinidadian Lisa Allen-Agostinihas been chosen as the 2014 Dame Hilda Bynoe Writer-in-Residence at SGU. Intended to support a Caribbean writer in completing a work in progress, and to expose both the SGU academic community and the Grenadian community to the contemporary Caribbean literary scene, the writer-in-residence programme will run for the first time in 2014, from January to May... Read More
The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is now open for entries, for the 2014 prize of US$10,000. In three years, the region’s largest literary prize — sponsored by One Caribbean Media, parent company of the Express and TV6 — has become much sought after by Caribbean writers all over the world who qualify by being of Caribbean birth or citizenship... Read More