New Writing Club

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Welcome to Caribbean Intelligence’s NEW WRITING CLUB.

We showcase new writing by Caribbean and Diaspora storytellers. There are competition opportunities in the Caribbean and beyond and news of successful Caribbean writers. Good luck in your endeavours!

 
 

Writing and literary opportunities

New prize: The HopeRoad Prize for Postcolonial Literary Studies

Caribbean , Asian and African publishers, HopeRoad, has announced support for the Postcolonial Studies Centre, at Nottingham Trent University, with a 3 years renewal sponsorship of a prize awarded to graduating students in English who demonstrate excellence in specialist fields. 

HopeRoad will provide £50 worth of books from its catalogue to be divided between the two students whose work demonstrates the best originality and rigour in the field of postcolonial literary studies. Students will be nominated for the prize by their lecturers, and the prize will be awarded at graduation.

Details available at the Post Colonial Studies Centre site.

 

 
Windrush experiences - podcasts available from The University of London.
 
Summer viewing: Special films to mark 55 years of independence in Jamaica and Trinidad. CaribbeanTales-TV is dedicated to distributing older content from the Caribbean diaspora, so every month, along with new releases, it will be presenting classic original content – old favourites and new classics.
 

Caribbean literary news

Ingrid Persaud Trinidadian Ingrid Persaud wins Commonwealth Short Story Award 2017.

The Trinidad Guardian called her book "A tale of chocolate and terminal illness". 

 

The Trinidad express said "Death, terminal illness, chocolate – it all melted into ‘The Sweet Sop’."

 

Other books by Ingrid Persaud If I Never Went Home 

 

Jamaica on film

If Jamaica were an actor she would have appeared in more than 141 films. The list of movies where the name Jamaica plays a prominent part is probably closer to two hundred.

Jamaica The Land of Film by Peter Polak chronicles over one hundred years of international film making in Jamaica from 1910, and provides many previously unpublished details of locations, actors and directors.


As such, Jamaica, the Land of Film provides a comprehensive history which will be of great interest to all cinema aficionados and fans of Caribbean history.

Click above to buy.

 

Sugar, Sugar

Bitter-sweet Tales of  Indian Migrant Workers Book Sugar, Sugar

 

 

Inspired by historical documents between 1838 and 1917, and the living memories of the descendants of indentured workers, Lainy Malkani’s collection offers an Indo-Caribbean collection of tales with sugar at its heart.

 

Available from Hope Road Publishing 

Caribbean Intelligence reviews Sugar, Sugar.

 

 

Laurene has published a book of short stories exploring life's crossroads.

You can download the hardback, paperback and e-book editions of Walking in the Shadows and The Heir here. 

 

Dominican writer-singer Rita Indiana has won the Region Guadeloupe's Great Literary Award of the 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean

The 5th Congress of Writers of the Caribbean has finished in 9 April. After a tribute to Derek Walcott, Rita Indiana was awarded the 2017 Grand Prix for her novel La Mucama de Omincunle released in 2015.

Rita Indiana Hernández Rita Indiana Hernández was born in Santo Domingo in 197. 

 Listen to the France Caraïbe podcast.

 

 

Twenty-one outstanding stories have been selected by an international judging panel out of almost 6000 entries from 49 Commonwealth countries.

 

Author Gardenia Destang wrote a blog for Caribbean Intelligence© readers. You can read Gardenia's blog by clicking here. More to read further down this page. 

 
 
About our 2012 Short Story Competition winners
 
Caribbean Intelligence© announced Jennie D’Ambra from Victoria, Australia as the winner of our first short story competition held in late 2012.
 
Jennie’s story Box, which takes its inspiration from Guyanese-born, Barbadian-raised boxer Joe Walcott(later known in the US as Barbados Joe Walcott) was chosen unanimously by the team of judges.
 
Her story was described by one judge as having “the mysterious power of a folk tale and the excellent writingevokes first the harsh, cold life of the poor in Boston and then the brilliant sunshine of the Caribbean”.
 
The runner-up is Delroy Williams from Dominica for his story Cricket in the Streets, which tells a tale of a young boy facing down his fear, both with a cricket bat and beyond the field of play.
 
Delroy describes himself as a poet, but adds that he also enjoys writing short stories and that his influences are George Lamming, Michael Eric Dyson and Louise Bennett.
 
The theme set for the competition was to write about being “Connected to the Caribbean”.
 
Judges from British and Caribbean literary circles chose Jenni and Delroy from the global entries.
 
One of the judges, Elizabeth Smith, who runs the broadcasting consultancy Transforming Broadcasting and ran the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, said:  “The standard of the entries was high, evoking Caribbean imaginings and experiences. There is something special about the Caribbean that triggers exceptional short stories.”
 
 
 
 
If you'd like to contact us, please email newwriters@caribbeanintelligence.com and caribbeanintelligence@gmail.com.
 
 

 

Other literary developments 

 
- Sharing a love of Caribbean writing with Wadadli Pen promoting literature in Antigua and Barbuda.Click here to find out more.
 
- Virtual book tour - Author Gardenia Destang has included Caribbean Intelligence© on her virtual book tour. Her tour started on 10 June. Keep checking this page for links to her journey as she talks about her book which reflects life in Florida, Chicago and Jamaica to write Becoming Me. 
You can email Gardenia with your questions through the blog link.
 
Becoming Me poster
 
 
 
 
 
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