Call for interviews: Share your stories about Hurricane Janet


I like this…a great idea for gathering the information required for any project…

Originally posted on freshmilkbarbados:

Fresh Milk‘s latest international residents, Saada Branker and Powys Dewhurst, share the project they will be working on while on the platform, commemorating and documenting the upcoming 60th anniversary of Hurricane Janet’s landfall in Barbados on September 22, 2015. You can read about their connection to Barbados here, and see below for more information on how to get involved and share your stories about the hurricane:

Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr Rebuilding as part of recovery: Workers in Barbados band together to rebuild stronger homes after thousands of people lost their houses to Hurricane Janet on September 22, 1955. PHOTO: UK National Archives/Flickr

The Project

Saada describes it this way: “We are in beautiful Barbados to record, gather and preserve a collective remembering of Hurricane Janet for generations to come.”

She and Powys believe the hurricane’s Category 3-landfall on September 22, 1955, and the subsequent rebuilding throughout Barbados, are worth telling and…

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Creative Skills for the Creative Economy


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Originally posted on Creative Economy 2015:

Kate O’Connor

As we come to the end of the 2010 Coalition government, it is striking is how much the concept of the creative industries has endured in public policy. When the-then Culture Secretary Chris Smith launched the Creative Industries Mapping Document in 1998, few would have predicted that 17 years later a Conservative Chancellor in his last budget of the Parliament would be describing the sector as a ‘powerhouse’ and ‘huge contributor to the UK economy’, as he announced another round of fiscal incentives to promote its growth.

Perhaps even more surprising is how, as part of this, education and skills for the sector have become so firmly embedded in creative industries policy. On its establishment by the Coalition government, the Creative Industries Council immediately identified skills as an initial priority, and established a working group to produce a report, outlining recommendations for ‘industry led approaches and proposals…

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Publishers Open To Submissions


Good news for writers…

Originally posted on kaywritesheretoo:

I’ve been committed to professional independent publishing since I sat round a table with the three other founder members of Electrik Inc and we agreed we would not only write our own books, we would edit, line edit, proofread and publish them independently, to a professional standard. I’m still committed to the creative freedom that independent publishing offers. But I know there are other writers out there who would love to submit their work directly to a traditional publisher if only they could, but those pesky agents get in the way, like sand flies at a beach party.

Well, here’s a bit of good news for those writers who feel agents don’t ‘get’ them and won’t take them on or submit their novels to publishers. Guardian Books has mentioned that  HarperCollins, Jonathan Cape, Little Brown and Tinder Press have decided to take the initiative and are offering…

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All Publishing Paths Can Lead to Author Discovery


I am encouraged by the efforts of TPC…they have a great business model for self-publishers

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It’s been stated before that there’s never been a better time to be an author. This is largely because there are so many ways to bring your work into the world. This best epitomized by the recent post on publishing pathways by Jane Friedman. Below find what she describes as the key 5 publishing paths, their value to authors, the potential pitfalls, and examples of each.

These five paths are as follPublishing Pathsows:

  1. Traditional publishing: where you query and submit to agents and editors in an effort to land a contract that pays an advance and royalties (and typically involves nationwide bookstore distribution).
  2. Partnership publishing: one might consider this the evolution of traditional publishing, where authors are positioned more as partners, receive higher royalties, but usually no advance.
  3. Fully-assisted publishing: the old “vanity” self-publishing model, where you write a check and get your book published without lifting a…

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HFC Bank’s love turns sour


I am still trying to get the love story of two banks gone sour…

Originally posted on Nana Boakye-Yiadom's Blog:

One of Ghana’s indigenous banks that is doing so well is about to lose its majority shares to the Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, but the transition has turned ‘bloody,’ literally.

Asare Akuffo is Managing Director of HFC Bank Asare Akuffo is Managing Director of HFC Bank

How this story is turning out is a bit strange because HFC Bank literally went out there to invite Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago to be a key partner in the business.

The relationship started just like when two lovers find each other and want to quickly marry and consummate. But even before the marriage is blessed, there is already suspicion, seeming betrayal of love and trust. Hatred is literally oozing out from their veins. It is a sad end to a relationship that blossomed beautifully.

The media is also feeding on like vultures on a carcass.

According to some banking analysts and industry players I have spoken to…

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GO_tmrw: Why the sudden interest in Creative Industry projects?


this is great information for creatives…

Originally posted on Go International Group - BLOG:

What is this sudden drive, or rather recognition for projects from the Creative Industries? Why the sudden spur? I mean, to be honest, we’ve been doing this for a long, long time. Since 2002, to be exact. And some people have been flogging the ‘creative’ horse for way longer. But why now?


The advent of technology makes content, creative and unique content, even more important! Content that create eyeball stickiness. Content that can create buzz from within the community. Content that is tweeted and re-tweeted.

I had coffee this morning with a friend, who’s also a lecturer at a design school and a freelance illustrator. We were just toying with some ideas. Chatting about some potential projects. There are so many! But it all goes back to the question of, who’s going to fund it.

So if the crowd, the community, are now willing to fund such creative projects…

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Kingston Book Fair 2015 was Booktastic!


Great work Nadine…

Originally posted on nadine tomlinson | live, love, write:

View of one of the aisles at Kingston Book Fair 2015. View of one of the aisles at Kingston Book Fair 2015.

If there’s one thing the annual Kingston Book Festival proves, it’s that Jamaica is a nation of book lovers and readers.

Psst, did you know that Jamaica has the Guinness World Record for the most books donated to charity in a seven-day period?

On Saturday, March 7, the Devon House grounds welcomed these bibliophiles of all ages to not only buy books, but to also meet emerging and seasoned authors, listen to book readings, and enjoy the range of this year’s Kingston Book Fair activities. Like the last one I attended, the day was bright and sunshiny, a boon for any outdoor event.

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March 9, 2015 · 5:27 pm