LITERARY GOLD: For the 14th time in the history of the awards, a woman has claimed the Nobel Prize for Literature. The 2015 recipient is Svetlana Alexievich, a 67-year-old Belarussian journalist and author, whose books have been published in more than 15 countries (five translated into English) and who has written plays and screenplays for 21 documentaries. In paying tribute to Alexievich, the Nobel committee praised the author’s “polyphonic style” and a distinctive voice that merges the literary and the journalistic. Alexievich studied journalism in her native Belarus. Both her parents were teachers.
TRUE ORIGINAL: The Jamaican trade union movement lost one of its most devoted fighters in modern history with the passing of Clive Dobson. The National Workers’ Union (NWU) stalwart died at his home in St. James last Sunday. According to reports, he had been ailing for some time. In tribute to his departed colleague, the NWU’s Granville Valentine hailed Dobson as “an invaluable contributor to the trade union movement who can never be replaced.” PM Portia Simpson Miller called Dobson “a staunch and formidable advocate.”