C'BEAN LIT: Jamaica's Ann-Margaret Lim is among 10 writers from six Caribbean nations who've made the longlist for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The list was announced by judges on February 28, in categories that cover poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. The winners in the three genre categories will be announced on March 17, and the prize will be presented on April 27, during the third annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port of Spain. The overall winner of the prize will receive a US$10,000 award. Lim's debut collection, The Festival of the Wild Orchid, scored a nod in the poetry category, alongside Vahni Capildeo’s Dark and Unaccustomed Words; Fault Lines by the St Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte; and South Eastern Stages by Barbadian Anthony Kellman. "I'm honoured to be in a group with Hippolyte and to be the only Jamaican and only female in the category," Lim said. "Hippolyte is someone I read while in school and he has been writing from the 70s, so I feel really good that my very first book is in this company."
ART: The preparations for Art Fresh 2013, the Mutual Gallery's first exhibition of the year, are well underway. 15 artists have been selected to participate. They are: Corey Breneisen, Sashawana Buckland, Rohan Cargill, Esther Chin, Shediene Fletcher, Aundre France, Amanda Gibson, Lisa Golding, Stacy-Ann Hyde, Christopher James, Cavel Johnson, Jermaine Morgan, Leo Rhule, Nicholas Rose and Marc Thomas. Art Fresh, a juried exhibition for artists who have less than ten years experience in doing art, is scheduled to open on Thursday, March 21 at the Oxford Road-based gallery.