Carib Plus Lit News (early July 2019)

Please note that the date on this post is an indication of when I’m posting it more so that when it happened. Because the latest editions of Interviewing the Caribbean, a literary journal edited by renowned Jamaican author Opal Palmer Adisa, are actually Winter 2018 and Spring 2019. All of the issues can be found here.

Jamaican Alecia McKenzie has been longlisted for The 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. One of 18 from 950 eligible entries. Good to see one of us in the mix. Alecia is longlisted for Trees. Congrats to her. And here’s a bit more about her: Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer and journalist currently based in France. She won the regional Commonwealth Writers Prize (1993) for best first book for her short-story collection ‘Satellite City’ (Longman), and the regional Commonwealth Book Prize (2012) for her novel ‘Sweetheart’ (Peepal Tree Press). ‘Sweetheart’ has been translated into French as ’Trésor’ (Envolume) and was awarded the Prix Carbet des lycéens in the French Caribbean in 2017. Alecia’s other books are ‘Stories From Yard’ (Peepal Tree Press), ‘Doctor’s Orders’ (Heinemann) and ‘When the Rain Stopped in Natland’ (Longman). She recently edited a collection of contemporary Jamaican short stories and is working on a second volume. Her stories have appeared in a range of literary magazines and anthologies, and her journalistic articles have been published in various international newspapers.

Barbados’ Cultural Foundation has announced another edition of its collected works of Bajan writers who have participated in its annual competition

Still in BIM – The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) will be producing a Radio Drama Series as part of its 2019 Crop Over celebrations to commemorate the Day of National Significance. NCF Cultural Officer Literary Arts and Producer of the series, Mrs. Ayesha Gibson-Gill recently made the announcement regarding the production at the Cultural Ambassadors’ Recording Studio (CARS), Shop 16 Pelican Village, Bridgetown. This edutainment radio drama series, an adaptation of the 2014 musical production How Hard The Times, is in honour of the events of the 1937 Disturbances and its impact on our history.  The original musical, the mastermind of Michelle Cox featuring some of her father, Anthony Hinkson’s poetry, was reworked to a radio script for this drama series by award winning writer Sharikah Bourne. Read more.

The inaugural Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival has been announced for September 6th – 8th 2019. One of our favourites, multi-award winning writer Barbara Jenkins (Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean, Sic Transit Wagon, De Rightest Place), of Trinidad and Tobago, has been announced for the event. Festival organizers have highlighted that “Caribbean culture is quickly entering the mainstream and being hungrily consumed in the form of its music, cuisine and art; it currently holds mass appeal. We expect the same type of response to our literature and a forum of this nature, since the region has birthed honorific prize-winning writers who have indelibly changed the writers’ landscape. With respect to place, Brooklyn is the largest hub of Caribbean migrants and the dwelling place of many writers of the diaspora.”

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