THE SWELL LIFE: At last week's Arts in the Park at Devon House, Inilek Wilmot, in addition to discussing the emergence of his band From the Deep, brought TALLAWAH up to speed on the state of surfing in his neck of the woods and Jamaica by extension. "It's going good but surfing is still a lifestyle thing. So most surfers are into surfing just because of how much fun it is," explains Wilmot, a prize-winning expert on the subject, who along with his brother Icah and other siblings are considered among the most talented wave runners in the region. "It's not primarily a competitive sport; it's primarily a recreational sport. You would consider it in the same category as yoga and other such activities." As for its future locally: "I don't see surfing stopping in Jamaica, once we make an effort to keep it going," Wilmot predicts. "People are still enthusiastic about it. And right now it's as strong as ever."
>> NEW IN BOOKS: A new release from Kei Miller is always cause for (some) celebration. Just in time for Black History Month, the award-winning Jamaican scribe delivers Writing Down the Vision: Essays and Prophecies. Published by Peepal Tree Press, the 160-page effort finds the poet (The Fear of Stones) and novelist (The Last Warner Woman) chronicling experiences, both personal and otherwise, spanning the gamut from religion/spirituality and homophobia to migration and the fine art of making new connections. Order your copy HERE.