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Farewell, Poet

Statement on the death of Sir Derek Walcott by Mrs. Winsome Hudson, National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of Jamaica   So Derek Walcott, the poet is dead. But, Derek Walcott was not just any poet; he was the poet who unconditionally loved the people...

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Ishion Hutchinson nominated for prestigious poetry award

Jamaican poet, Ishion Hutchinson has been nominated for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. This nomination is for his second and latest collection, House of Lords and Commons; published last year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Hutchinson is among...

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Today the NLJ salutes the life and work of Trevor Rhone CD, one of Jamaica’s most celebrated playwrights.
The washbelly of 21 children, Rhone was born in Bellas Gate, St. Catherine and attended Beckford and Smith High School (which is now St. Jago High). He wrote radio plays for the Jamaica Broadcasting Company (JBC) before moving to England to study drama. After returning to Jamaica in the 1960s, he founded the group, Theatre 77, and later the Barn Theatre. He would later join the staff of UWI, Mona as a lecturer and travel as a visiting lecturer to several schools in the US.
His best known works include the plays 'Smile Orange', 'Two Can Play', 'School’s Ou't and 'Old Story Time' – which toured widely throughout the Caribbean and North America.
Rhone also co-authored, with Perry Henzell, the screenplay for the internationally successful film, 'The Harder They Come' (1972). He was awarded a Gold Musgrave Medal in 1988 for his outstanding contribution to Jamaican drama.
Rhone died of a heart attack in 2009, at the age of 69.
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We're still celebrating World Poetry Day!

Here's Chantelle Richardson, Special Collections Librarian reading one of her favourite poems, 'Colonial Girls School' by Olive Senior.
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