LITERACY MATTERS: First held in2016 in seven parishes, the Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic’s week-log summer camp returns to the literary scene, starting July 24. Catering to approximately 1,500 kids, the camp spreads islandwide this year: 15 locations across the 14 parishes. According to executive director of the strategic non-profit, Santana Morris, the camp will be targeting children in need of literacy intervention and will address the key components of literacy, namely fluency, comprehension skills, vocabulary and phonological development. Visit their website jamaicaintensivereadingclinic.com for more info.
TELLING OUR STORIES: The Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA), in partnership with Jampro and the Chase Fund, has announced this year’s batch of finalists participating in the Propella Film Initiative, a script-to-screen programme championing the creation and sustainable development of Jamaican film content and storytelling. The five finalists are filmmaking veterans Nile Saulter and Kyle Chin, alongside Danielle Russell, Angela Magnus and Sarah Manley. Propella also aims to showcase the new works of established and emerging Jamaican filmmakers and promote Jamaican film to international audiences. For last year’s inaugural instalment, the finalists were Janet Morrison (“Silent Hearts”), Kurt Wright and Noelle Kerr (“Origins”), Natalie Thompson and Tony Hendricks (“Shoot the Girl”), Adrian Lopez (“Shock Value”) and Sharon Leach and Michelle Serieux (“Sugar”).