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Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:05 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“CAN YOU imagine the surge in writing that will come out of the enforced isolation and increased anxiety of the COVID crisis?” That question was asked this week by Dr Rachel Moseley-Wood, head of the Department of Literatures in English at The...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

JAMAICA’S CULTURAL and creative industries has been thrown a lifeline in the form of a stimulus package for COVID-19 relief. This is available for individuals and businesses which are registered with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

(Part 2 of an article based on an interview with Dr Edward Baugh, author of a recent biography on Nobel laureate Derek Walcott. Part 1 was published last Friday.) BAUGH’S “FIRST encounter” with Walcott excited him, he told me, but it was really a...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

(Part 1 of an article based on an interview with Dr Edward Baugh at The UWI.) “DEREK WALCOTT was one of the makers and changers of West Indian literature.” This was University of the West Indies Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh’s summation of the...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In a book that soars with poetry, American author and journalist Ross Kenneth Urken metaphorically describes his Jamaican nanny’s past as being “a fortified city”. But it was one he felt compelled to explore. This I learned when he and I chatted...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The past seven days saw two very significant events in Jamaican film occurring. One was the re-screening of an iconic movie; the other was the launch of a book on film. Had author and film-maker Perry Henzell been alive to celebrate his 84th...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

February, celebrated as Black History Month, was chock-full of directly and peripherally related events and it ended in a week with an increased flurry of cultural activities. The three functions that I was able to attend included one on the...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

On Sunday, various colleagues, friends and admirers of the late historian, essayist and poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite paid tribute to him in poetry, prose and music. The function held in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1) at The University of the...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Over the last 90 years or so, Jamaican ‘patwa’has gradually become a legitimate, even respectable language. That’s the essence of the thesis argued in the 2020 Philip Sherlock Lecture by educator and theatre practitioner Carolyn Allen last...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Though the Chinese involvement in Jamaican music is quite well known, many who have been attending Grounation 2020 at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) have been learning and expressing surprise about its depth and breadth. The Ninth Annual Reggae/...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:14 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Where does she find the time?” would be a reasonable question for you to ask before entering the Jamaica Shopping Club Theatre on Cargill Avenue to see the current play, Hell and Powder House. The question would be about Dahlia Harris, who has...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

In order to join in the conversations taking place this Black History Month, many people will be trying to learn a bit more about our national heroes. Their quest for information about the most popular, Marcus Garvey Jr, will doubtlessly cause some...

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

‘Jamaica Jamaica! How Our Music Conquered the World’ is the quite immodest title of the exhibition that opens at the National Gallery on Sunday. But there is a lot to be immodest about. As an international exhibition series, it is the largest one...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Because of the approach taken by the Edna Manley College’s School of Drama and the Sistren Theatre Collective, community drama in Jamaica is about helping communities to solve social problems. Often, the dramatic work is created through discussions...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The Cathedral Singers of Ontario, Canada, and their organists flew out of the island on Monday after helping out two local churches for 10 days. A spokesman said they all had a “wonderful time”. Members of the group conducted workshops with local...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

“Basil (Dawkins) doesn’t create superficial characters,” says theatre director Douglas Prout. Fans of Dawkins’ plays will probably agree, and the playwright has accumulated hundreds, perhaps thousands, since his first production, Flat Mate, in 1980...

Published:Friday | January 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Just three months shy of its 40th birthday on April 1, Chalice remains one of Jamaica’s most popular bands. Not surprisingly, then, there was standing room only for its lunchtime concert last Friday at the Bank of Jamaica. One of the 15 or so...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The senior curator of the National Gallery, Oneil Lawrence, is happy with the institution’s “cunning strategy” (his phrase) of attracting patrons to its fine arts exhibitions. For years, the gallery’s ‘Last Sundays’ performing arts presentations (...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

If you weren’t given a copy of Hugh Martin’s recently published, aptly named memoir, Days of Sunshine Days of Rage, for Christmas, buy one for yourself for January, the universally acknowledged month for the remembrance of things past. Since you’ll...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

When Rebecca Newman-Chung, a Campion College fifth-former, said to me, “Joining the school choir turned me on to classical music,” she might have been speaking for the scores of young people involved in two school concerts that took place within...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:11 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Part 1 of this article was published last Friday. Una Marson returned to England and made history as the first black and first West Indian woman employed as a programme assistant on the BBC’s Empire Service. Promoted to work with the famous...

Published:Friday | December 6, 2019 | 12:13 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Part 1 of a two-part article. A seven-year-old girl is among those currently getting acquainted with the woefully neglected but important Jamaican pioneering poet, playwright, feminist and social activist Una Marson. The girl has been reading...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Louise Bennett was a good person and a skilful poet.” That pithy statement about Jamaica’s most loved cultural icon was made last week Tuesday by long-time Bennett researcher, University of the West Indies Professor emeritus Mervyn Morris. The...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

Two different forms of the creative arts were offered to appreciative audiences on Sunday and Tuesday at two of Kingston’s major cultural institutions. The first – a collection of short films made by new film-makers – was shown at the National...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:28 AMMichael Reckord/Gleaner Writer

The figures tell only a fraction of the story, but they do indicate the success of the Jamaican Poets School Tour 2019. Led by Florida-based, internationally acclaimed Jamaican poet Malachi Smith, over a period of 10 days, 29 poets had readings and...

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