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You Are Not Forgotten – The Literary Heritage of John Figueroa

You Are Not Forgotten – The Literary Heritage of John Figueroa

John Joseph Maria Figueroa 4, August 1920 – 6, March 1999 Esther Figueroa, Ph.D. After my father died, I compiled and edited a collection entitled At Home The Green Remains. Caribbean Writing in Honor of John Figueroa which includes a selection of his poetry, short […]

VIDEOS: Inspired by the Archives at Bocas Literary Festival 2019

VIDEOS: Inspired by the Archives at Bocas Literary Festival 2019

The 2019 installation of this groundbreaking series at Bocas Literary Festival, in which writers of today are commissioned to explore the Caribbean’s literary archives and write new creative works. Featuring Kendel Hippolyte, Celeste Mohammed, and Alexandra Stewart, chaired by Alison Donnell. Alexandra Stewart Alexandra Stewart […]

Kendel Hippolyte on the St. Lucian Folk Research Centre fire

Kendel Hippolyte on the St. Lucian Folk Research Centre fire

My bond with the Folk Research Centre reaches back forty years – to 1977, when I came back from Jamaica to spend a year to help me determine whether I would settle in Saint Lucia or in Jamaica. I had left home in 1972 and […]

Alexandra Stewart and the Talking Postcards

Alexandra Stewart and the Talking Postcards

There are talking postcards in The Alma Jordan Library! Go to the third floor and ask for The West Indiana and Special Collections Section. Don’t tell them that you’re here to speak to the postcards (they won’t let you in) instead request the Michael Goldberg […]

Celeste Mohammed on the archival inspiration for ‘Hart’s Cut’

Celeste Mohammed on the archival inspiration for ‘Hart’s Cut’

I always follow my gut. So, when I accepted the commission to visit the archives at Alma Jordan Library, UWI, St. Augustine, and craft an original literary piece, I knew I would be writing about the Americans’ WWII presence in Trinidad. That period in our […]

Lawrence Scott’s Witchbroom Archives: ‘the life of a book’

Lawrence Scott’s Witchbroom Archives: ‘the life of a book’

Lawrence Scott sitting with exhibition at the Alma Jordan Library, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Photo credit: Juliet Chang Wing   By Marta Fernández Campa   I knew that no words here would have been possible without the poetry, prose, history, painting, sculpture, the […]

Raising Caribbean Women’s Voices at Norwich Library

Raising Caribbean Women’s Voices at Norwich Library

By Jen McDerra   The Millennium library in Norwich city centre is the busiest lending library in the UK.  By 6pm on 16th October staff had arranged eight neat rows of chairs in the main room among the books for our Caribbean Women’s Voices event. […]

Caribbean Literary Heritage: who matters and who cares?

Caribbean Literary Heritage: who matters and who cares?

By Professor Alison Donnell   Caribbean Literary Heritage: who matters and who cares? On International Archives Day 2018, it seems important to reflect on how the region’s literary archives speak to the asymmetries of visible histories and to note (more optimistically) how collaborations between scholars, […]

Listen to interview with Nicholas Laughlin, Programme Director of NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Listen to interview with Nicholas Laughlin, Programme Director of NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Nicholas Laughlin introduces ‘Secret Lives: Inspired by the Archives’ at NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2018. At the event, Breanne Mc Ivor, Andre Bagoo and Anu Lakhan read their creative responses to literary archives in Trinidad.     By Zakiya Mckenzie On Sunday April 29, 2018, […]

WATCH- ‘Secret Lives: Why Literary Archives Matter’ panel at Bocas 2018

WATCH- ‘Secret Lives: Why Literary Archives Matter’ panel at Bocas 2018

Photo credit: Marlon James   Caribbean Literary Heritage partnered with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest for “Secret Lives: Why Literary Archives Matter”. Scholars Alison Donnell and Evelyn O’Callaghan and writers Kei Miller and Shara McCallum discuss the value of Caribbean literary archives and the challenges of […]