Thursday, 18 April 2013

BITS & PIECES: Cherine's ROC foundation accepting scholarship applications + Jamaican among Commonwealth Book Prize nominees

HELPING HAND: Jamaican singer-actress and TALLAWAH cover girl Cherine, through Reach One Child Jamaica, is presently accepting applications for the ROC Scholarship 2013 initiative, which will assist parents of sixth-grade students as they move into secondary schools this fall. "The idea of helping students isn't new to us. We've been giving aid and supplies to students for more than 8 years without any fanfare," says Cherine. "I am fortunate to reach and teach a lot of people through my music, but I am a huge advocate of school and education. It's a solid foundation, and we do have some of the best and brightest students right here in Jamaica." The scholarships are small, meant to be supplementary, and will generally cover full tuition, uniform, school supplies, and textbooks. Applications are available via or can be obtained from participating schools. The deadline for all applications is June 30, 2013. For further details, send email to 

THE WRITE STUFF: Jamaica's Ezekel Alan is among the authors shortlisted for the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. Alan's self-published effort Disposable People joins 19 others on the list. "Our five judges did an admirable job of shortlisting from a bountiful harvest of debut novels, based on originality, linguistic flair, depth, quality of writing and freshness of tone," explains Godfrey Smith, Chair of the Prize committee. "A number of books boldly pushed the boundaries of form and explosively rebelled against the conventional structures of fiction writing, inspiring lively and passionate debates among the judges." The winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize receives £10,000, with regional winners receiving £2,500. The winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize receives £5,000, with regional winners receiving £1,000. For more info, visit

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1 comment:

  1. Natalie Campbell-Rodriques22 May 2013 at 23:40

    Ezekel Alan is the regional winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize.We should big up our Jamaican brother!!!!