Tuesday, 8 April 2014

NEWS AND NOTES: Poet Kendel Hippolyte reissues Night Vision anthology + Beryl Rochester becomes St. Elizabeth's first female Custos

LEADING LADY: When Norma Walters was installed as Custos of St. Ann last month there was widespread rejoicing that (finally) a dame had ascended to the high office in the garden parish, poised to carry out the weighty responsibilities with a woman's touch. Weeks later, St. Elizabeth has followed suit with the appointment of Beryl Rochester as the parish's first female Custos. On March 27, Rochester, a retired accountant and a former financial controller at Alpart who has also served as a director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, officially entered office following a ceremony at Independence Park in Black River, where Governor General Sir Patrick Allen made her a member of the National Order of Distinction (Commander Class) and presented her with the Magistrates' Roll for St. Elizabeth, popularly nicknamed the bread-basket parish.

WELL VERSED: Recently in Jamaica for this year's iteration of A Love Affair with Literature at UWI Mona, noted West Indian poet Kendel Hippolyte has just republished his seminal anthology, Night Vision (Peepal Tree Press). According to the publishers, the 80-page collection, replete with dramatic monologues, blues and rap poems, calls on Hippolyte's verbal mastery and critical insight to draw sharp focus upon a nation in flux, his beloved St. Lucia, incidentally the home of that Nobel-winning master lyricist Derek Walcott. "Hippolyte turns his vision upon the people, the land and the culture," Peepal Tree notes, "and finds a microcosm of the Caribbean in the 21st century."

>> In recognition of Bob Marley's timeless message of peace and unity, the Tatnall Playground in the US state of Delaware has been renamed the One Love Park.

>> It's about time. Acclaimed novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Booker Prize for 1989's The Remains of the Day, is set to publish The Buried Giant (Knopf), his first new work of full-length fiction in over a decade. Ishiguro's bestselling Never Let Me Go (2005) was adapted for a 2010 film version starring new Spider Man, Andrew Garfield and Carrie Mulligan (The Great Gatsby).

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