Tuesday, 22 April 2014

INSIDE SCOOP: What's new, what's next, what's trending in Jamaican arts and entertainment

A trio of exemplary Caribbean writers (two Jamaicans and a Trinidadian) will go head-to-head as finalists for the overall 2014 OCM Bocas Literary Prize having topped their respective categories, organizers have reveald. While Lorna Goodison won the poetry category for her latest anthology, Oracabessa, and Robert Antoni bested all comers for fiction with As Whatless Flies to Boys, Kei Miller emerged the strongest candidate for the non-fiction award, thanks to the thought-provoking brilliance of his effort Writing Down The Vision: Essays and Prophecies. To say the least, the adjudicators were left mesmerized by Miller's skill and engaging style. "Miller is an original thinker who knows his own mind and is wary of orthodoxies," the judges report proferrs. "He is uncompromising and honest in his interrogation of issues and his experiences of these worlds." The overall winner of the 2014 OCM Bocas Literary Prize will walk away with a US$10,000 cash award.

On account of his magnanimous spirit and unwavering service to the people of Jamaica that have left an indelible mark, Robert Levy, Chairman of the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies, has been presented with the American Friends of Jamaica International Award.

Sprint legend Ato Boldon (Trinidad & Tobago), PM Ralph Gonsalves (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Mike Fennel, Michael Frater and Lisa Hanna lead an estimable panel of local and international speakers who will grace the podium at the 2014 Business of Sport International Conference, being held May 1 and 2 inside New Kingston's Pegasus Hotel, under the universally resonant theme "Transform The Game."

Now that the Thespies and the Actor Boy Awards have come and gone, local theatre producers are actively making preparations for the 2014-15 season. Among the new shows TALLAWAH is especially looking forward to seeing is Angie Binns' A Small Room, featuring a hefty ensemble cast that includes Thespy winner Rodney Campbell, it girl Lisa Williams and veteran leading man Alwyn Scott. Sporting the tagline "Great loves aren't only between lovers", the show starts previews at the Green Gables Theatre on May 23.

Not one to desert her loyal Christian supporters, playwright Dahlia Harris is hard at work putting the finishing touches to a new gospel revue (as yet untitled) that could do for Harris what Jamaica Sweet did for David Tulloch. Last Saturday night, the workaholic actress-writer-producer-director was going over musical selections with Tesfa Edwards at the Pantry Playhouse, where here most recent stage hit To The Finish continues to attract decent audiences. 

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