Carib Plus Lit News (Early October 2019)

This article on homework is part of the Plus in Carib Plus Lit News. It caught my eye because it’s a conversation I’ve been having with a parent (frustrated at the amount of homework children are being given) lately…more than one person actually, but not all of them, parents. The article on calls for a ban on homework, especially at the elementary (or in our case pre-k and primary level):

“When homework comes prematurely, it’s hard for children to cope with assignments independently—they need adult help to remember assignments and figure out how to do the work. Kids slide into the habit of relying on adults to help with homework or, in many cases, do their homework. Parents often assume the role of Homework Patrol Cop. Being chief nag is a nasty, unwanted job, but this role frequently lingers through the high school years. Besides the constant conflict, having a Homework Patrol Cop in the house undermines one of the purported purposes of homework: responsibility.

What works better than traditional homework at the elementary level is simply reading at home. This can mean parents reading aloud to children as well as children reading. The key is to make sure it’s joyous. If a child doesn’t want to practice her reading skills after a long school day, let her listen instead. Any other projects that come home should be optional and occasional.”

Pictured: children reading right here in Antigua and Barbuda – one at home, and two at the Cushion Club reading club for children.

Read the full article here.


“I was astounded when I got the call. It was very unexpected and, as astounded as I was, I was at the same time equally grateful as I never expected to be honoured in this way, considering that very often our artistes are not recognised by their fellow Jamaicans. What it says is thank you and that my work has not been in vain. It also says, despite how rough it gets, people appreciate the time and effort I have put into my work and it has touched their hearts” – Burt Award winning Jamaican author A-dZiko Simba Gegele on becoming one of 10 2019 Musgrave Award winners – the Musgrave Award dates back to 1889 and is the oldest award of its kind in the western hemisphere, according to the Jamaica Observer


Booker Prize winner Marlon James is no stranger to winning and being in contention for major literary prizes. He’s up for another one: his latest epic novel – the first part of a planned fantasy trilogy – Black Leopard Red Wolf is up for a National Book Award in the fiction category. National in this case is the US and the Jamaican stands a good shot at copping another prize with the critically acclaimed work. red wolfAll nominees listed here.


University of Belize and East Carolina University are teaming up for an international Caribbean Studies Forum to be held in Belize October 10th to 12th 2019. Venue is the University Center in Belmopan.


Lulu’s Book Journey is a mother and daughter book blog. Their September Reading Journey (a monthly series on their blog) included Caribbean-themed A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley found her Voice. Their October list, meanwhile, has former Melody Makers member Cedella Marley’s Get up, Stand up, inspired by her dad, reggae superstar, Bob; and her brother Ziggy’s – lead singer of the aforementioned Melody Makers back in the day – I love you Too. The Cuba themed book All the Way to Havana is also in the mix. Speaking of lists, be sure to check out and weigh in on our post about which Caribbean books released in the last 10 years will people still be reading 10 years from now, and the global (America-centric) list that inspired it.


Barbados-based Montserratian writer, Yvonne Weekes, whose latest release is Nomad, will be speaking at the Norwich Science Fair in the UK later this month at the invitation of the University of East Anglia. Catch her on October 26th 2019, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. She will be reading from both Nomad and earlier book Volcano. A special exhibition on the Montserrat volcano will be unveiled. Open to all.


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This is a July 2019 newspaper clipping from Antigua and Barbuda, but I think it’s still worth posting for the tribunal information.


Don’t forget to take part in the two just for fun quizzes currently running on the blog – which Caribbean book released in the last 10 years do you think people will still be reading in 10 and the Antigua and Barbuda Independence arts and culture trivia quiz.

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