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Olive Senior (+ audio tape on the initial website)

Article from : http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/05/torontos-olive-senior-wins-overall-2016-ocm-bocas-prize.html

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Toronto’s Olive Senior wins overall 2016 OCM Bocas Prize

Monday, May 2, 2016

Author Olive Senior was named the overall winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for her short story collection The Pain Tree.

Senior has lived in Toronto since 1993, but was born and raised in Jamaica. The Pain Tree is her fifth work of fiction and is set in Jamaica over a period of almost 100 years.

The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is awarded to books written by Caribbean authors. There are three winners declared, one each in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The overall winner selected from that group. The overall winner receives an award of $10,000 U.S. ($12,548 CDN), while the other two finalists receive $3,000 U.S. ($3,764.40 CDN).

Senior won the prize’s fiction category in early April, and was declared the overall winner on Saturday against Tiphanie Yanique, who won the poetry category for Wife and Jacqueline Bishop, who won the nonfiction category for The Gymnast and Other Positions.

In 2015, Senior won the nonfiction category for Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal. The overall grand prize that year went to poet Vladimir Lucien for Sounding Ground.

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Senior won the prize’s fiction category in early April, and was declared the overall winner on Saturday against Tiphanie Yanique, who w..  the poetry c…….  for Wife and Jacqueline Bishop, who won the nonfiction category for The Gymnast and Other Positions. In 2015, Senior won the nonfiction category for Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal. The overall grand prize that year w… to poet Vladimir Lucien for Sounding Ground.

 

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Olive Senior has published two books of poetry: Talking of Trees(1986) and Gardening in the Tropics (1994). She is the author of three collections of short stories: Summer Lightning (1986) which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1987, Arrival of the Snake-Woman (1989) and Discerner of Hearts (1995) and of several non-fiction works on Caribbean culture, including: A-Z of Jamaican Heritage (1984) and Working Miracles: Women’s Lives in the English-Speaking Caribbean (1991).

SLIDESHARE :
http://fr.slideshare.net/poetrylover2/olive-senior-meditation-on-yellow
http://fr.slideshare.net/priyaangel3110/the-role-of-women-portrayed-in-olive-seniors-gardening-in-the-tropics
POETRY from : http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/
http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/601/auto/0/DISCOVERY
DISCOVERY
Always
like the futile march of crab-armies
from mangrove fortress to the beachAlways
like the palm-fringe waiting
to be breached

Already I know, the moment you land I
become islanded

In the shadows of the rain forest
I wait in submission

Amidst the trembling of the leaves
I practise hesitant discourse

Always
my impenetrable heart.

© Olive Senior
Publisher: First published on PIW
HURRICANE STORY, 1988
My mother wasn’t christened
Imelda but she stashed a cache
of shoes beneath the bed.She used to travel to Haiti,
Panama, Curacao, Miami,
wherever there was bargain

to catch – even shoes that
didn’t have match. Back home
she could always find customer

come bend-down to look and talk
where she plant herself on
sidewalk. When the hurricane

hit, she ban her belly and bawl,
for five flights a day to Miami
grounded. No sale and her shoes

getting junjo from the damp (since
the roof decamp) and the rest
sitting in Customs, impounded.

My mother banked between her
breasts, lived out her dreams
in a spliff or two each night.

Since the storm, things so tight
her breasts shrivel, the notes
shrinking. Every night she there

thinking. Every morning she get up
and she wail: Lawd! Life so soak-up
and no bail out. To raatid!

© 1994, Bloodaxe Books
 Derek Walcott
  • Derek    WALCOTT (1930 – )I know Caribbean writers dans Caribbean Writers 220px-Derek_Walcott Photo in 20 May 2008

He is from St Lucia and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992. He wrote his first collection of poems Twenty-Five Poems when he was 18…

Two of his poems:

PENTECOST

Better a jungle in the head
than rootless concrete.
Better to stand bewildered
by the fireflies' crooked street; 

winter lamps do not show
where the sidewalk is lost,
nor can these tongues of snow
speak for the Holy Ghost; 

the self-increasing silence
of words dropped from a roof
points along iron railings,
direction, in not proof. 

But best is this night surf
with slow scriptures of sand,
that sends, not quite a seraph,
but a late cormorant, 

whose fading cry propels
through phosphorescent shoal
what, in my childhood gospels,
used to be called the Soul.

Untitled

This page is a cloud between whose fraying edges

a headland with mountains appears brokenly

then is hidden again until what emerges

from the now cloudless blue is the grooved sea

and the whole self-naming island, its ochre verges,

its shadow-plunged valleys and a coiled road

threading the fishing villages, the white, silent surges

of combers along the coast, where a line of gulls has arrowed

into the widening harbour of a town with no noise,

its streets growing closer like a print you can now read,

two cruise ships, schooners, a tug, ancestral canoes,

as a cloud slowly covers the page and it goes

white again and the book comes to a close.

Derek Walcott

  • George LAMMING from  Barbados wrote In The Castle Of My Skin.
  • Geoffrey DRAYTON from Barbados wrote Christopher.
  • V.S. NAIPAUL  was born in 1932 in Trinidad And Tobago. He  lives in London. His masterpieces are Miguel Street and A House For Mr Biswas.
  • NAIPAUL, Seepersad
  • NAIPAUL, Shiva
  • SELVON, Samuel from Trinidad and Tobago  (1924 – 1994)
  • Jamaica KINCAID from Antigua.
  • Merle HODGE from  Jamaica.
  • Claude McKay (1890-1948) from Jamaica.
  • BISSOONDATH, Neil(1955 – ) from Trinidad and Tobago / Canada 

    Neil Bissoondath was born in Arima, Trinidad & Tobago, in 1955 and emigrated to Canada in 1973. He is the nephew of V.S. Naipaul and the late Shiva Naipaul.

  • LOVELACE, Earl(1935 – ) Trinidad and Tobago

  •  MANLEY, Rachel from  Jamaica

    Drumblair – Memories of a Jamican Childhood (Toronto: Knopf, 1996).

  • MELVILLE, Pauline from Guyana / England

  • MITTELHOLZER, Edgar from Guyana  (1901 – 1965)

You can do some research about one of them…

Here is a link  with a list of Caribbean writers:

http://www.westindiesbooks.com/Index.aspx

 

Bibliography : Makers of the Caribbean, James Ferguson, Ian Randle Publishers, 2005

To be continued…

 

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