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Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:29 AM

It was in St Ann’s Bay that Christopher Columbus is assumed to have landed when he first ‘discovered’ Jamaica in 1494. Columbus named the spot he landed on Santa Gloria, claiming that the land was the most beautiful he had ever laid eyes on. The...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:12 AM

Naandeyé García Villegas’ earliest memories of delving into creative pursuits were ‘drawing’ letters on the earliest known Word programme. The palette had a choice of four fonts and black and white colours to fill – minimalism driven by technology...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“And some will think outside the box.” – Damian Marley During this time of social distancing and quarantining, it has become evident that even with the principles of science and technology that provide us with access to practical methods for...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:11 AM

The spaces in between When you connect you want to always be It could simply be in writing or in body Consistent communication is very key Relationships are sustained on this primarily. It's hard to stay away but the process you must trust When...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:17 AM

The ‘Mona Lisa’ found herself all alone. The coronavirus had emptied her room at the Louvre Museum of its usual throngs of admirers. In a silence worthy of a cathedral, she could gaze undisturbed at the huge canvas on the opposite wall, The...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad”, goes an adage, a poignant reminder that merely fathering a child does not make one a father in the real sense. It is about shouldering responsibilities and caring and nurturing...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:18 AM

More than a few There’s an evolutionary theory in society that has many wondering if you are going extinct. But in many spaces, we see your need and significance. Not for a woman’s or your kid’s currency but an active contributor in your family...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:18 AM

The day his boss looked over at the TV screen and gave a forlorn nod at the plunging red lines of the stock market, my husband could feel the lay-off coming. It was a gut punch when it hit our family, like millions of others. But we didn’t have...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM

For the 2020 Father’s Day edition of Meeting Ground, we present poets from New Zealand and Jamaica sharing poems on fatherhood. We celebrate fathers in their many manifestations. Happy reading from the curators, Ann-Margaret (Jamaica) and Shane (...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJanine Jkuhl - Contributor

When I left Jamaica for a two-month creative residency in Bali, Indonesia, little did I know that I would be getting far more than I bargained for. The residency, arranged through a Jamaican-Balinese collaborative programme, Esirom Sama Sama, was...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney - Sunday Gleaner Writer

In June 1986, I had to meet two friends at the Montego Bay airport to drive them to Negril. I left Kingston on Saturday morning for Montego Bay in light rain to meet the afternoon flight. The rain remained light but steady for the entire journey...

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Published:Sunday | June 7, 2020 | 12:00 AM

“As the only black student in my first year of medical school,” recalled Chika Oriuwa, “I found it difficult to confront the inherent isolation and otherness. However, reclaiming my narrative is what enabled me to thrive in this environment.”...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:11 AM

This is a piece of history that one has to traverse on a long, winding and rocky road to reach. The road takes a path that was chiselled out on the face of the mountain by slaves. Nestled in the lush mountainous expanse of north-eastern Clarendon...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:06 AM

Scrawled or masterfully crafted on walls and roads are messages of hope and warning. Street art is getting inspiration from the coronavirus pandemic gripping the globe, offering some comic relief, wit, and beauty in a world where people are cut...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2020 | 12:06 AM

In the two poems below, the personas are in isolation, but that doesn’t stop the creativity bred from their pandemic observations. – Ann-Margaret Lim (Meeting Ground coordinator) April 2020 My iPhone keeps me company. Plays music for me, shows...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:19 AMPatrick White - Contributor

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented crisis in journalism that could decimate media organisations around the world. The future of journalism – and its survival – could lie in artificial intelligence (AI). AI...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:19 AM

Tumbling down The walls cave in tight The bricks shift their place In one sudden gaze The day has changed to night, The stars shimmer in the sky The ground shimmys to the right All that’s in front of me dazzles in my sight My vision breaks...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:00 AM

With all schools closed due to COVID-19 and students staying home, education experts are encouraging parents and guardians to provide the necessary support to ensure that children feel safe, loved, and supported. “Families are handling the pressure...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Despite schools being shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, learning continues for tens of thousands of Jamaican students who are benefiting from free access to e-learning platform EduFocal. EduFocal, which prepares students from grades four...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Below, poets from across the world share their pandemic experiences and observations. Edward Baugh’s poem is a gift and a wish for us all. – Ann-Margaret Lim The Plague that first night thrushes woke...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:12 AM

The House of Issa is inviting eligible female students to apply for the Elias A. Issa Scholarship. The House of Issa established the Issa Scholarship for Jamaican men and women in 1938. At the behest of Elias Issa, the scholarship was set up “to...

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