Tuesday, 18 February 2014

CULTURE VULTURE: News on the 2014 BAFTAs, J.K. Rowling's latest, the Bristol Short Story Prize, and L'Antoinette Stines

PERSONAL ACCOUNT: L'Acadco's Artistic Director L'Antoinette Stines has joined the growing list of Jamaican cultural icons who have taken to writing things down for future generations. In addition to releasing a book devoted to her original dance technique, L'Antech, in June she will publish Soul Casing: Inside the Spirit, a motivational-spiritual tome which focusses on the body as a store-room of information. She is incredibly proud, to say the least, of finally making her foray into the literary arts, to write especially about Caribbean dance, the life's passion for which she is best known. "I am the only person who has developed a technique in dance in the Anglophone Caribbean," she tells TALLAWAH, "a technique that's a training procedure which is now examinable and codified." 

PAGE BY PAGE: The Silmworm, the long-anticipated sequel to J.K. Rowling's (aka Robert Galbraith's) mystery bestseller The Cuckoo's Calling will debut in the UK on June 19 and Stateside on June 24. The skinny: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife summons private detective Cormoran Strike, and when Quine is found dead it becomes a race against time to understand the motivations of a ruthless killer.....Closer to home and on a lighter note, acclaimed poetess Millicent Graham tells TALLAWAH her sophomore collection of poems, The Way Home, will be published in May. 

SHORT ORDER: Calling all aspirants to the Alice Munro throne! The 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open. Stories can be written on any theme or subject of your choosing and entry can be made online via the website (bristolprize.co.uk) or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4000 words. There is no minimum length and the entry fee is £8 per story. The winner gets £1000, first runner-up £700, and second runner-up £400. 17 additional prizes of £100 each will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol short Story prize Anthology Volume 7. This year's awards ceremony will be held in October, when the winners will be announced and the BSP vol. 7 anthology launched. Closing date for entries is April 30. Log on to bristolprize.co.uk for complete details.

WINNER'S CIRCLE: The 2014 BAFTA Awards (the British equivalent of the Academy Awards) took centrestage in London on Sunday. Among the top awardees: Best Film (12 Years A Slave); Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity); Best Actress (Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine); Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofore, 12 Years A Slave); Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips); Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle); Adapted Screenplay (Philomena) and Original Screenplay (American Hustle).

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