13th Annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival
“Miss Lou Views”
Persons attending the 13th annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Reading Festival will enjoy an evening of rich cultural conversations to be staged on Saturday (February 1), starting at 2:00 p.m., at the South Broward Regional Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines.
Under the patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General, Oliver Mair, the event will feature accomplished actress Dahlia Harris, who will share perspectives of the works and legacy of the late Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, “Miss Lou” OJ, MBE. (1919-2006), Jamaica’s internationally famous cultural ambassador. The ReadingFestival is free to the public, and is titled “Miss Lou’s Views” and continues the celebration of Miss Lou’s Centenary (100th) Birthday.
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
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.
THE LOUISE BENNETT-COVERLEY
HERITAGE COUNCIL (FL) INC.
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.