Just published an interview I did with young author-illustrator-artist Kerron Clarke on the UNICEF Jamaica blog, about her illustrated novel Pick-Ni Cherry. The as-yet-unpublished novel is Kerron’s very personal attempt to warn children, families and society about sexual abuse happening within the home. Continue reading
Kingston has a tourist problem. Well, the problem is that the city doesn’t actually have any tourists, thanks to the violence afflicting its inner city communities and a lack of promotion. Yet one of these communities is gradually attracting hundreds of curious visitors based upon the work by a group of artists who got together to help transform the visual environment and brighten the lives of residents. Continue reading
Someone said to me the other day that there isn’t much of an art scene in Jamaica, which sounds crazy; or is it just that the work is hard to find? Either way, Artists of Jamaica by Paint Jamaica’s Marianna Farag invites artists, like the above, to submit their work to be displayed within a growing online directory so hopefully, y’know, people don’t think PNP or JLP sprayed on walls is the only thing on offer.
View the work or submit your own: artistsofjamaica.com
Got a chance to learn from the best, Brief History of 7 Killings author Marlon James, in a workshop he held at the University of the West Indies last week. James’ next workshop should follow in March when he’s back in Jamaica. Interested in creative writing then this is for you, obviously. Contact UWI’s English Literature Dept for info.