Louise Bennett – Miss Lou – is celebrated for her extensive cultural legacy to Jamaican arts as a poet, storyteller, actress, activist, singer, and comedienne.


"Ah So We Tallawah: The Multitalented and Diverse Miss Lou”

The Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council and the Friends of the South Regional/Broward College Library, are pleased to invite you to the launch of its distinguished Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Lecture Series, 2:00pm-3:30pm Saturday, June 20th, 2020.   This event is presented under the distinguished patronage of the Consul General of Jamaica – Mr. Oliver Mair.

Professor Opal Palmer Adisa, Ph.D. - author, artist, lecturer and University Director of The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica will deliver her lecture titled “Ah So We Tallawah: The Multitalented and Diverse Miss Lou”. Professor Palmer Adisa is an award-winning photographer, cultural activist and gender specialist, a diverse and multi-genre writer of essays, poetry and prose, plays and children’s literature with twenty-two titles to her credit.

Dr. Heather Russell, Senior Associate Dean at Florida International University School of Environment, Arts and Society will be the Zoom Host for the inaugural, virtual, Honorable Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Lecture.


Please join us for the "Boo-noo-noo-noos", Virtual Community event 2:00PM - 3:30PM Saturday, June 20th, 2020.

Click on this link to register with Zoom. You will then get an email from Zoom with the access information.


T0 join the presentation, click on this link to register with Zoom. You will then get an email from Zoom with the access information.


 A LIKKLE MISS LOU - How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice

 Nadia Hohn's delightful new children's book

"Miss Lou’s sweet Jamaican patois speaks to a whole new generation." - Toronto Star


"Hohn offers young readers a glimpse into Louise’s childhood and, more importantly, her love of language and delight in Jamaican patois [while] Fernandes’s illustrations beautifully capture the heat of Miss Lou’s world." - The Globe and Mail


"This is a picture book that must be read aloud. It’s a wonderful tribute to a woman who found her voice and shared it with the world, and it reminds us that language should be celebrated and preserved." - Mighty Village

Miss Lou

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Fabulous concert featuring the Jamaican Folk Singers with Colin Smith and Musicians, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Malachi Smith and Maxine Osbourne at the Coral Springs Arts Center, Coral Springs, Fl. - Sept 7,2019.

Don Parchment photos


      The second annual Writers Clinic presented by the Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council was a great success. Fiction was taught by Jamaica-born retired Miami-Dade College professor and author of Garvey's Ghost, Geoffrey Philp, and renowned Jamaican author Christine Craig taught Poetry. Malachi Smith taught a join session on Performance Poetry.

      The Writers Clinic is held annually in South Florida to pay homage to Jamaican cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, and to assist aspiring writers with developing their craft. The Clinic was held in partnership with Broward County West Regional Library, with sponsorship by Friends of the Broward County South Regional and West Regional libraries.

      There were 29 participants and feedback included:

     “Excellent! Delivery was clear and provided a good basis to grow.”

     “Dub poetry presentation was captivating, informative

     “Presenters were knowledgeable, creative, kind and helpful.”

     “Excellent day! Should be held more frequently.”

     “I enjoyed the hands-on aspect and opportunity to share.”

     “I learned so much, I can’t wait to perform my poetry.

      “Good format.” "It was amazing." "Excellent delivery."


Geoffrey Philp with participants in the fiction workshop

      Geoffrey Philp said this of the Clinic— “I had a wonderful time conducting the Make it Real workshop with Christine Craig and Malachi Smith, two writers whose work I have admired for a long time. The wide range of participants, from retired teachers to middle school students, created an atmosphere in which deep learning could flourish during our conversation about craft. Judging by their probing questions and written responses that I have received so far, many of the writers, especially some of the middle school students, are on the path to becoming outstanding writers.

For information on what's happening in the Broward arts scene go to:  www.artscalendar.com.



Reading Festivals

Louise Bennett-Coverley - Reading Festivals -


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Writing Clinics

Write it Now

- Writing Clinics -

Annual Events


The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley Memorial Scholarship


Cheers and Applause Greet Unveiling of Miss Lou Statue

There were loud cheers and spirited applause from the massive crowd, which gathered in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew on Friday, Sept. 7, to witness the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in honour of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou.”

Celebrating Miss Lou's 100th

As part of the Miss Lou 100th anniversary celebrations,

The Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council (Fla) Inc., commissioned articles on Miss Lou from Jamaican writers living in South Florida for distribution to local Caribbean newspapers.

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