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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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

A Conversation with Karen Lord

A Conversation with Karen Lord

Photo credit: Marlon James   Interview by Marta Fernández Campa    Barbadian writer Dr. Karen Lord is a case study author in one of the research strands in Caribbean Literary Heritage that examines authors’ relationships to their papers (as materials related to their work), literary archives, and […]

‘Oh Eric, Me Too!’, Anu Lakhan on Eric Roach Manuscripts

‘Oh Eric, Me Too!’, Anu Lakhan on Eric Roach Manuscripts

I get the same feeling from libraries I get from being in a cold country. A deep and life-long aversion to anything wintery drives me like a cornered thing towards warmth; I look for shelter and heat and a very, very small place. A screen […]

John Robert Lee on The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre, Saint Lucia

John Robert Lee on The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre, Saint Lucia

On the evening of Sunday March 25th, a raging inferno burned down the headquarters of the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre in St. Lucia. It had been established 45 years ago and had stood on the scenic Mount Pleasant overlooking the capital Castries, from […]

A Writer’s Guide to Inspiration by Breanne Mc Ivor

A Writer’s Guide to Inspiration by Breanne Mc Ivor

When I was nineteen, I studied medieval English. If it weren’t a compulsory part of my degree, I wouldn’t have gone through the trouble. Nevertheless, one of the most memorable moments of my studies was visiting the Emmanuel College Library to look at medieval texts. […]

Interrogating History and Researching the Unknown: Looking for Lost Caribbean Lit

Interrogating History and Researching the Unknown: Looking for Lost Caribbean Lit

Street art, Bristol Uk Photo credit: Paul Townsend   By Zakiya Mckenzie  June 2018 will mark seventy years since the of docking of the Empire Windrush – the iconic ship that sailed from Jamaica to London in 1948, bringing the first mass influx of West Indian’s […]

Andre Bagoo On writing ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of Eric Williams’

Andre Bagoo On writing ‘The Agony and Ecstasy of Eric Williams’

Photo credit: Marlon James On March 22nd, 1981, Mongolia sent a man to space, John McCain’s father died in a military plane, the top song in the US was ‘Keep On Loving You’ by REO Speedwagon, British summer time began, and Eric Williams sat at […]