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Esther Phillips in We the People Are Barbados on BBC World Service

Esther Phillips's poem "We Island People" (from Witness in Stone) is featured in the recent BBC World Service documentary podcast We the People Are Barbados.

In the documentary, award-winning author Candice Brathwaite explores Barbados’ transition to a republic and interviews poet laureate Esther Phillips, historian Dr Pedro Welch, artist Oneka Small, journalist Krystal-Penny Bowen and socio-economics expert Professor Don Marshall. What emerges is a sense of the nation's changing identity.

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RIP Edward Baugh 1936-2023

We are saddened to learn of the death of yet another giant of Caribbean writing and letters. It was a shock to realise that Eddie Baugh was 87. In his later years, he was always so spry and engaged that he seemed indestructible. For over fifty years he made an outstanding contribution to the postcolonial development of Caribbean writing, as a critic, a university teacher and administrator, actor, public orator (at university graduations), a literary biographer and as a very fine poet.

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The Dread Unsayable: A Free 2024 Poetry Intensive with Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan has posted the following news about an upcoming poetry workshop:

Mentoring - giving or receiving - has always stuck in my craw as a fraught enterprise. Service, on the other hand, has always been how I’ve understood why I am here at all. Please think of this as a service, a way for me to tangibly and truthfully share what I’ve learned so far to help writers who find themselves crossroaded, short of options.

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