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Mervyn Morris wins gold Musgrave Medal

Former Poet Laureate of Jamaica and UWI Professor Emeritus Mervyn Morris was awarded a gold Musgrave Medal for literature by the Institute of Jamaica at a ceremony held Wednesday 10 October. Other literary winners were poet Dr. Jean "Binta" Breeze (silver) and novelist Roland Watson-Grant (bronze).More details of the awards and the ceremony are here:Jamaica Observer: "KC choir receives Musgrave Medal silver award"Gleaner: "Story Of The Song | 'Ryddim Ravings' Comes Complete In... Read more

CFP: Caribbean Meridians conference, Western Sydney University, February 2019

The Australian Association for Caribbean Studies announces its 2019 conference, "Caribbean Meridians," to be held 7-9 February 2019 at Western Sydney University in Australia. Keynote speakers will be Patrick Chamoiseau, Alexis Wright, Michael Bucknor, and Anna Cristina Pertierra.From the editors: The next biennial Australian Association for Caribbean Studies conferences will be held at Western Sydney University in conjunction with the Australian Research Council funded project Other... Read more

V.S. Naipaul dies, aged 85

Trinidadian fiction-writer and essayist Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad (V.S.) Naipaul died on August 11, 2018, in London, at 85 years of age. Naipaul was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, in 1932; he attended Queen's College in Trinidad and went to Oxford University in 1950, settling in England from that point onwards. His extensive literary production attracted many accolades - including the Nobel Prize in 2001 - and much critique.Some of the many obituaries and retrospectives on Naipaul's career... Read more

First annual Raritan book prize

from the editors of Raritan: The Editors of Raritan in collaboration with Rutgers University Press invite submissions for the first annual Raritan Book Prize.Introduction: In the current frenzied media climate, there’s greater need than ever for thoughtful, independent writing that takes the time to cultivate care and grace. Raritan has provided a forum for that kind of writing for thirty-seven years. A wide-ranging journal of literary and cultural criticism, Raritan offers writers and... Read more

Rosamond S. King wins a Lammy

Rosamond S. King has won a 2018 "Lammy" - a Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ literature - for her poetry collection Rock | Salt | Stone (Nightboat Books). The awards were presented in New York City on June 4, 2018.The Lambda announcement on the awards event and other winners is... Read more

Kevin Jared Hosein wins second Commonwealth Writers short story prize

For the second time in three years, Trinbagonian author Kevin Jared Hosein has won a Commonwealth Writers Short Story prize for the Caribbean region. The title of Hosein's winning story is "Passage." He first won the prize in 2015 for his story "The King of Settlement 4."Hosein is also the author of two novels and a children's book; his novel The Repenters was longlisted for the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.More details... Read more

Caribbean Literary Heritage “Ten Questions” for Caribbean Writers

The UK-based Caribbean Literary Heritage project is steadily building its archive of "Ten Questions" interviews, in which Caribbean authors submit responses to a standard set of questions on Caribbean literature and their own reading and writing histories. Entries posted to date include responses by Karen Lord, Sharon Millar, Merle Collins, Caryl Phillips, Thomas Glave, Lawrence Scott, Tessa McWatt, Rosamond S. King, Monique Roffey, John Robert Lee, Pamela Mordecai, Kevin Jared Hossein,... Read more

BBC “Windrush” documentary parts 1&2 available on YouTube

In light of recent actions by the British government toward members of the Windrush generation and their families, it might be time to re-visit the 1998 BBC documentary Windrush. Parts 1 and 2 are currently available on YouTube:Windrush Part 1Windrush Part... Read more

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