A Review of In Time of Need

IT IS SO CAPTIVATING when a writer lifts off the stereotypical veneer of a tourist-dependent society as “paradise” and excavates the real lived experiences of the people. Shakirah Bourne does just that in her collection of short stories, In Time of Need. For those who reside in Barbados or those who have a good knowledge of Barbadian heritage, the opening words to the national anthem immediately come to mind when they hear Bourne’s title. “In plenty and in time of need when this fair land was young” is the beginning of an anthem that describes the struggle of a nation.

China, The Dragon that Breathes New Perspectives

ArtsEtc intern Racquel Griffith: touching the dragon with one hand while still grasping The Broken Trident with the other.  Photo Copyright  © 2017.


A Review of Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett

What Robert Edison Sandiford gives us in his latest short story collection, Fairfield, is the apparent restoration and enhancement of stories that were bound and concealed in a stationery box belonging to a deceased Barbadian-born author. Sandiford brings thirteen of these “Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett” (the collection’s subtitle) to us in a seemingly random way which propels us to create an order out of seeming disorder.

Plot Twist: A Lit Degree is Just the Beginning

ArtsEtc's intrepid Lit major and editorial assistant on her current trip to South Korea: discovering just how much the world really has to offer. 

WHENEVER someone asks me what my degree is in, I swear 99.9% of the time the person’s response is guided by a perplexed look—‘What do you wanna do…teach?” —which is always met by a very annoyed facial expression on my end. So one day I just stopped playing off my irritation by responding, “Maybe,” and started telling people how many doors a Literature degree can actually open.

Speaking Caribbean – A Review of Born to Slow Horses

BORN TO SLOW Horses is a complex collection of poems by Kamau Brathwaite that do not conform to poetic conventions at all. Unlike your typical collection of poetry, there is no labelling of the contents page as such; what the reader gets is a list of the poems with the corresponding page numbers.