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:
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 Worlds. Our theme, Caribbean Meridians, spotlights the ways in which Caribbean worlds are made and the relations and alignments these worlds have with worlds elsewhere. (Please note: proposed papers are not required to address the theme; all topics within Caribbean studies will be considered.)
The conference will feature a landmark collaboration between two preeminent writers from the Caribbean and Australia: Patrick Chamoiseau from Martinique and Alexis Wright from the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria. In the conference’s keynote roundtable, Chamoiseau and Wright will discuss the meridians that align their imaginative worlds. Our other keynote presenters Michael Bucknor and Anna Cristina Pertierra will consider meridians that extend from the Caribbean to Canada and the Philippines, taking in, respectively, the transnational literary world of the Caribbean diaspora and the ways in which the study of transatlantic media and digital technologies can inform thinking in the transpacific world.
The deadline for abstracts is September 30, 2018. All inquiries to aacsconf2019(at)gmail.com or Ben Etherington (b.etherington(at)westernsydney.edu.au).
More details, and a link to the call for papers, here.
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 appear here:
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 readers the opportunity for sustained reflection and aesthetic pleasure, uncluttered by academic jargon. Submissions to the Raritan Book Prize competition should reflect Raritan’s commitment to enlarging the life of the mind through reasoned argument and interpretation, and to reaching a well-read but nonspecialist audience. Subject: Any nonfiction subject in the realms of history, politics, literature, or the arts. Prize: A $1,000 advance and publication by Rutgers University Press under the Raritan imprint. (All those who submit a manuscript will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to Raritan.) Submission fee: $25 Submission period: 1 September 2018 through 1 November 2018.
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 here.
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.
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, Geoffrey Philp, Joanne C. Hillhouse, and Shara McCallum.
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:
The editors of the Caribbean Journal of Education invite submissions for a special issue entitled “Poetry Beyond Borders,” to be guest-edited by Dr. Aisha Spencer (UWI), Dr. Schontal Moore (UWI), and Dr. Georgie Horrell (U of Cambridge). The issue is slated to appear in June 2019.
Abstracts (no longer than 250 words) should be submitted by September 3, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, click on the image below.
Charles Carnegie, professor of anthropology at Bates College (Maine, USA), is publishing a series of essays on Kingston on the online magazine Public Opinion. An elegant amalgam of ethnographic observation, historical reflection, and critical advocacy, Professor Carnegie’s writing brings Kingston to life for far-away audiences, and reminds those closer to home of its wonders as well as its challenges, and what both say about the people who circulate through its streets and public spaces every day.