The 2015 IndyList

The ArtsEtc 2015 IndyList

For the fifth year running, ArtsEtc is pleased to bring its annual Independence Reading List. The IndyList, as we like to call it, is a selection of 12 Barbadian books to make friends with over the coming year.

The list, which first appeared in 2011, is part of the Editors' ongoing "Mapping Our Literature" mission, which promotes awareness of and celebrates Barbadian books and authors. Each year, we recommend new, classic and noteworthy titles in fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and children’s literature. The mapping will expand shortly to include reviews of chosen books and information about the authors.

We wish to thank The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Committee, The Bajan Reporter and Days Books for their continued forward thinking and support of the IndyList. We invite schools, reading groups and book clubs interested in learning more about the IndyList to contact us.

Happy Independence—all year long!



Ancestors, Kamau Brathwaite
The great poet’s language is at its most accessible in this landmark collection.

It So Happen, Timothy Callender
Insight into everyday Bajan interaction as only the late humorist could deliver it. 

One Touch of Nature, Bruce Hutchinson
A novel about race and relationships in Barbados that still resonates almost 50 years after its publication.

Students A to Z: The Essential Guide to Barbados’ Student Kingdom, Lois Ince
The life of a student is much like that of other creatures in the wild (or wild creatures).

The Galaxy Game, Karen Lord
Much is at stake in this anticipated sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds.

Going Home in Chains, Glenville Lovell
You can go home again…just don’t expect to find everything where you left it.

Sugar, Bernice L. McFadden
Coming to terms with your past can be more bitter than sweet.

Bengal to Barbados: A 100-Year History of East Indians in Barbados, Sabir Nakhuda
A look at the arrival, character and contribution of a people to another.

Leaving Atlantis, Esther Phillips
One Barbadian writer’s spiritual quest to understand the literary icon she calls GL.

Maya Mends the Moon, Lilian Sten
The imagination may have the power to heal more than the moon.

This Too Will Pass, Sonia Williams
A soul can bear much if guided by hope.

Down Danesbury Gap, Austin Yearwood
A series of rambunctious reminiscences about growing up in Barbados and finding your independence. 


Catch up on your local reading by checking out our previous Lists: