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Kitch makes the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 shortlist

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Jamaica Observer interviews Shara McCallum

3 March 2019's The Sunday Observer Bookends column ran an #InConversation between Peepal Tree authors Jacqueline Bishop and Shara McCallum, discussing the latter's poetry, absent fathers, and 'passing' as a mixed race Black woman.

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Jan Lowe Shinebourne: "I'm a product of the sugar estate"

A new essay by Jan Lowe Shinebourne has been published on Facebook. In "I'm a product of the sugar estate", Jan writes about Guyana and its history, and its influence on her work. She talks especially of the connections she has with Rose Hall.

The essay originated as a talk given at Senate House, University of London, on 27 October 2016.

Read the essay on Facebook.

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Pedro Mir symposium recap

Check out the videos of last month’s Approaches to Mir (with David Cortés-Caban, Roberto Márquez, and Dan-el Padilla Peralta), and Mir in Translation (Jonathan Cohen, Sintia Molina, and Rosa Mirna Sánchez)—as well as Silvio Torres-Saillant’s keynote speech.

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Bookends' moving tribute to Hazel Campbell

Last Sunday's edition of Bookends in the Jamaica Observer had a wonderful tribute to Hazel Campbell, written by writer Erna Brodber.

Jamaican author Hazel Campbell, who died December 12, 2018, was eulogised at a service of thanksgiving at Church on the Rock, on January 5, 2019 by her friend, the writer Erna Brodber. Bookends shares the moving remembrance.


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Read two poems from Lauren K. Alleyne at Porter House Review

Lauren K. Alleyne has two poems from Honeyfish published this month at Porter House Review.

Read the poems online.

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Read 'The Woman Who Lived in a Restaurant' by Leone Ross

In his newsletter about short stories, Thomas Morris shared Leone Ross' 'The Woman Who Lived in a Restaurant', with a fabulous short review.

Read the story online for free.

If you enjoy it, why not buy the book from our website?

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Caribbean Writing with Claire Adam, Jamaica Kincaid and Jacob Ross (BBC Radio 4)

BBC Radio 4 has published a special programme celebrating the breadth and power of writing from the Caribbean, featuring Jacob Ross, Jamaica Kincaid and Claire Adam.

Listen to the show online (international listeners may need to use the BBC Radio app instead).

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Sharon Leach recommends 10 books in Jamaica Observer

Sharon Leach gives us a to-be-read pile with a difference:

I write to excavate what I know, but I read to find out what I don't. Without reading, therefore, there is no writing. For someone who makes their living by words, like me, reading is not just for pleasure; it is oxygen. Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out.

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Opal Palmer Adisa publishes Interviewing the Caribbean Volume 2

Peepal Tree writer Opal Palmer Adisa has launched Volume 2 of Interviewing the Caribbean.

Interviewing the Caribbean is an online journal that celebrates Caribbean artists everywhere—and to invite you to participate. Each issue will feature works from Caribbean artists at home and in the Diaspora.

This issue is dedicated to Jamaican novelist Garfield Ellis (1961–2018), Jamaican master ceramic artist Gene Pearson (1946–2018) and St. Lucian novelist Garth St. Omer (1931–2018).

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