Three Peepal Tree writers have made it to the seventh OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist. Ann-Margaret Lim has been longlisted for Poetry, and both Marcia Douglas and Kevin Jared Hosein have been longlisted for Fiction. A winner will be selected for each category (the shortlist), with an overall winner selected in April at the festival.
Writing of the books, the prize said:
'Ann-Margaret Lim’s lyrical Kingston Buttercup has a deep grounding in the landscape of Jamaica, whether the penetrating poems address the persistent legacy of slavery, Lim’s relationship with her mother, or the complications of contemporary Kingston.'
'Marcia Douglas’s magical realist novel The Marvellous Equations of the Dread is set at one of the bleakest moments of Jamaica’s recent history, after the deaths of Bob Marley and Emperor Haile Selassie, and coveys a sense of both history’s dread and the hope born of human creativity.'
'In his debut novel The Repenters, Kevin Jared Hosein tells a transgressive, almost gothic tale of violence and punishment, exploring the darkest side of Trinidadian society and family history.'
Ishion Hutchinson and Kei Miller have also been longlisted.
The 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist:
- House of Lords and Commons, by Ishion Hutchinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Kingston Buttercup, by Ann-Margaret Lim (Peepal Tree Press)
- Cannibal, by Safiya Sinclair (University of Nebraska Press)
- The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, by Marcia Douglas (Peepal Tree Press)
- Augustown, by Kei Miller (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
- The Repenters, by Kevin Jared Hosein (Peepal Tree Press)
- The First Black Slave Society: Britain’s “Barbarity Time” in Barbados, 1636–1876, by Hilary McD. Beckles (University of the West Indies Press)
- Virtual Glimpses into the Past: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad and Tobago/A Walk Back in Time: Snapshots of the History of Trinidad and Tobago, by Angelo Bissessarsingh (Queen Bishop Publishing)
- Inward Yearnings: Jamaica’s Journey to Nationhood, by Colin A. Palmer (University of the West Indies Press)
The winners in each genre category will be announced on 27 March, 2017, and the Prize of US$10,000 will be presented to the overall winner on Saturday 29 April, during the seventh annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain.
Find out more at the Bocas Lit Fest website.