Wednesday, 5 December 2012

CULTURE BEAT: 13 nominated for RJR Sportsman/woman Awards + LKJ lands prestigious British writer’s award

LITERARY GOLD: Jamaican-born father of dub poetry, Linton Kwesi Johnson, is the 2012 winner of Britain’s Golden PEN Award, one of the UK’s most prestigious literary awards. The confirmed the 60 year-old poet as the latest recipient of the award following an interview with the Independent last weekend. “I'm not exactly in the mainstream of the British literary scene; I'm nearer the periphery,” said Johnson, adding that he’s not written in years. “If a poem happens to come to me, I write it. But I am not bothered. If I never write another poem, so be it.” Previous winners of the Golden PEN Award (launched in 1993) include Salman Rushdie, Margaret Drabble and Harold Pinter. It is awarded to writers whose work has “a profound impact on readers and who is held in high regard by fellow writers and the literary community.” 

THE STANDOUTS: Ace sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce headline this year’s list of 13 athletes (seven male and six female) nominated for the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards. The winner will be announced on Jan. 11 during a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus. Among the other male nominees are sprinters Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Hansle Parchment and Nickel Ashmeade, and cricketers Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle. Rounding out the list of women are runners Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kaliese Spencer, cricketer Stafanie Taylor, swimmer Alia Atkinson, and boxer Alicia Ashley. Meanwhile, JFF boss, Captain Horace Burrell, sprint coach Glen Mills, and hockey administrator Kathleen Kay Wilson are the nominees for the Sagicor Iconic Award.

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1 comment:

  1. big up and nuff respect to Linton Kwesi Johnson on his award!!