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Latest reviews: 13 December 2016

We're pleased to see a slew of reviews in the latest issue of The Caribbean Writer.

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Esther Phillips on her NIFCA and GG's Awards

by Esther Phillips

Every year in Barbados, the National Foundation for Creative Arts (NIFCA) runs a competition inviting entries from Barbadians across the Arts: culinary, performing, visual and literary. In each section, there is a professional category. The Governor General's Award for Excellence (official title) is given only in the professional category. The award comprises a plaque as well as BDS7,500.

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Launch: Shara McCallum's Madwoman at UWI, Mona

The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona will host the launch of Shara McCallum’s collection of poetry Madwoman on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), Faculty of Humanities and Education, at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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New reviews for Colin Channer, Shara McCallum, Ralph Thompson and Karen Lord

We've had some great reviews in the last month.

Both New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (ed. by Karen Lord) and Madwoman by Shara McCallum received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. We're very proud indeed!

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Jennifer Rahim story translated to Spanish!

Jennifer Rahim’s story 'Sea' has been translated into Spanish by Maria Grau Perejoan et al. and published in the University of Barcelona's journal, Blue Gum. This is an exciting moment for us, as we hope to see more of our authors' works translated for overseas markets.

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#WATCH: Vladimir Lucien reads poem 'Basil' in Amsterdam

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Interview: Leone Ross: 'Magic realism is just freakin’ fun'

Leone Ross gives an insightful new interview with Musa Okwonga, talking about writing, the sexualisation of women and the magic in the everyday:

I’m writing magic realism for a simple reason. It’s this: it’s fun. I was the kid who loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, who always loved weird crap, and so it took time for me to give myself permission to write weird crap. It took [reading] Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez at university for me to think, ‘oh my God, the adult version of weird crap, that’s so cool!’.

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Respects to New Beacon at 50

RESPECTS TO NEW BEACON AT 50

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Desiree Reynolds: We Are Still Writing against Ourselves

Why do our heroines have to be ‘beautiful’? Can a female character… just be? What is it saying about literature that we as women still produce, if our heroines have to be beautiful? Does it not say more about the society in which it’s written? I’ve recently been a part of a shortlisting process and the experience left me disturbed and depressed. I can’t begin to count the amount of times I was told, by a writer, how ‘beautiful’ the heroine was. How her ‘beauty’ then motivates the other characters and the story. What?

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Patrice Lawrence nominated for Costa Book Awards

Patrice Lawrence, who appears in our Inscribe title Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (edited by Jacob Ross with series editor Kadija Sesay), has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards for her novel Orangeboy. Congrats, Patrice! We're crossing our fingers for you.

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