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Lawrence Scott hands over WITCHBROOM archive to UWI St Augustine Library

At a handover ceremony on November 22, 2018, author Lawrence Scott gave the archive of papers and materials related to his novel Witchbroom (originally published 1992; re-issued 2017 by Papillote Press) to the Alma Jordan Library at the UWI St. Augustine. The acquisition was also celebrated by an exhibition entitled The Genesis of a Book: Lawrence Scott’s Witchbroom (curator Lorraine Nero, Senior Librarian).

See Caribbean Literary Heritage’s post for more details.

CFP – CACLALS at Congress 2019, Vancouver – d/line 1/15/19

Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

CFP: CACLALS at Congress 2019 University of British Columbia (Vancouver, B.C.)

June 1-3, 2019

“Listening and Speaking: Postcolonial Circles of Conversation”

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Dr. David Chariandy (Simon Fraser University)
Prof. Jasbir Puar (Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers University)


From the organizers:

In the spirit of postcolonial circles of conversation, we invite papers, panels, roundtables and workshops to reflect on critical, theoretical and creative acts of listening and speaking. What are the conversations that the “postcolonial” has failed to adequately address? What are the silences, gaps or points of erasure in postcolonial circles of conversation? What are the new conversations generated by or beyond the field, in terms of new theoretical crossroads or points of intersection, new forms of alliance, new acts of cross-cultural listening, new comparative mappings, etc.? How do we approach modes of listening in the context of indigenous knowledge (such as notions of “deep listening”)? How does listening occur across species boundaries? How does the aesthetic or creative, more generally, facilitate original modes of listening and speaking?

CACLALS welcomes conference paper or panel proposals that address any aspect of the CFP’s central questions or issues. We also welcome proposals otherwise related to the Association’s broader mandate to examine postcolonial and global literatures.

Proposals of approximately 350 words should be sent by January 15, 2019, as a Word doc. attachment to with the subject heading of “CACLALS Proposal at Congress 2019.”

Conference queries should be sent to CACLALS President, Dr. Mariam Pirbhai:

More details here.

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 The Night

Gleaner: “Musgrave Medal Awards Pioneers


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 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) or Ben Etherington (b.etherington(at)

More details, and a link to the call for papers, here.

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 appear here:

Kenneth Ramchand in the Guardian (U.K.)

Kei Miller in the Jamaica Gleaner

Joel Julian in the Trinidad Guardian

The Irish Times

Meena Kandasamy in Time magazine (U.S.)

BBC news (U.K.)

The New York Times




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 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.

Click here for more details.

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 here.

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 here.

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, Geoffrey Philp, Joanne C. Hillhouse, and Shara McCallum.

Find the project here.