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CFP: Caribbean Science/Speculative Fiction Symposium

November 23, 2018 UWI Cave Hill, Barbados CFP deadline: June 29, 2018  From the organizers: The Department of Languages,  Linguistics and Literatures at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill is inviting papers that explore themes related to Caribbean speculative fiction. The last two decades have seen an increase in the publication of SF works by Caribbean writers who bring a Caribbean sensibility to a genre that has been steadily gaining global academic recognition. These... Read more

2018 OCM Bocas Prize winner: Jennifer Rahim

The overall 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature was won by Trinidadian Jennifer Rahim's short-story collection Curfew Chronicles (Peepal Tree, Aug 2017, 208pp). The award was announced on 28 April at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain.Also on the shortlist - and winner of the Poetry prize - was Shara McCallum's collection Madwoman (Peepal Tree, Jan 2017, 72pp).The judges declined to name a non-fiction winner for 2018.For more information, see the announcement... Read more

Caribbean Meridians conference, Australia, February 2019 – CFP

AUSTRALIAN ASSOCATION FOR CARIBBEAN STUDIESCaribbean Meridians Female Orphan School, Parramatta South Campus Western Sydney University, February 7-9, 2019 Confirmed Speakers: Alexis Wright (University of Melbourne) Michael Bucknor (University of the West Indies at Mona) from the organizers:AACS conferences are interdisciplinary and papers on all topics are considered, including from the natural sciences. Recent conferences have taken the themes of ‘Land and Water’ (Wollongong,... Read more

Calabash 2018 – June 1-3, Treasure Beach, Jamaica

The line-up of authors for this year's Calabash International Literary Festival includes poets Safiya Sinclair, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Ishion Hutchinson; novelist Tayari Jones; hip-hop artist Akala, and cultural analyst and UWI lecturer Isis Semaj Hall.See the full line-up... Read more

Review of Rachel Manley’s first novel

Rachel Manley's new novel, The Black Peacock, appeared in December 2017 from Cormorant Books. Ms. Manley has published extensively as a poet and memoirist; this is her first work of fiction. Quill and Quire says of the novel Manley slowly unfurls a somewhat labyrinthine narrative, revealing the couple’s shared history – and secrets – in jerks and starts.... Otherwise, The Black Peacock tells an engaging story of a love affair in a state of suspended animation. Themes of grief,... Read more

Collection of Mittelholzer’s early writings appears from Peepal Tree

Creole Chips and Other Writings: Short Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Essays by Edgar Mittelholzer, edited by Juanita Cox, February 2018. From the publisher's website:This compendium of Edgar Mittelholzer's mostly uncollected writings brings together his early collection of sketches of Georgetown life, Creole Chips, his speculative novella, The Adding Machine, twenty-four short stories, five plays, his published and unpublished poetry and essays covering travel, literature and his personal... Read more

CFP: 37th Annual West Indian Literature Conference

37th Annual West Indian Literature Conference Hosted by: Hemispheric Caribbean Studies (HCS), University of Miami October 3-6, 2018 CALL FOR PAPERS Global Caribbean Studies: “Scapes” abstract deadline: May 1st, 2018from the organizers:This year’s conference recognizes the vast routes/roots that link the Caribbean to the hemisphere and the globe. As many writers and literary scholars have noted, the immense bodies of water that appear to isolate belie the currents that... Read more

Winners of the 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature

The winners of the 2017 CODE Burt Award for Young Adult Literature (announced at the Bocas Lit Fest) were:1st place: The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Núñez (Puerto Rico/USA)2nd place: The Beast of Kukuyo by Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago)3rd place: Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad & Tobago)The Art of White Roses and Home Home will appear from Papillote Press in May 2018; The Beast of Kukuyo is as yet unpublished.The Burt Award... Read more

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