The 2016 IndyList

Photo by Terris Scott, 2016, Bim LitFest, May 2016.  The Stiltman Cometh.

THE ArtsEtc Independence Reading List is now six years old!

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 has expanded to include book reviews by Karen Lord, Mark Jason Welch, Racquel Griffith, Jasmine Sealy, and ArtsEtc editor Robert Edison Sandiford.

To come: our guide to the authors themselves and their wider works.

We wish to thank the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, Days Books and Bajan Reporter 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!


’Membering, Austin Clarke

The late Barbadian-Canadian writer's final, fierce memoir

The Heartman, Matthew Clarke

Barbadian folklore at its graphic-novel grittiest

Emancipation Still Comin’: Explorations in Caribbean Emancipatory Theology,

Kortright Davis

Experience the religion of freedom

Barefoot on Ice, Winston Farrell

Poetic reflections on slipping and sliding between here and there, home and away

It Happened in Barbados, G. Addinton Forde

True tall tales about this island life

The Star Side of Bird Hill, Naomi Jackson

What mothers pass on to daughters is often immortal

In the Castle of My Skin, George Lamming

The coming of age of a people, not just a young boy, in the Caribbean

Fairfield: The Last Sad Stories of G. Brandon Sisnett, Robert Edison Sandiford

Decay, death, resurrection—and the sustaining power of memory

Reader, I Married Him, Dorothea Smartt

Love, like dreams, rarely runs straight

Pearl, A Caribbean Story, Melanie R. Springer

A dark comedy featuring obeah, the death of an older sister, and one quirky community

Stories for the Young & Young at Heart, Cynthia Wilson

Watch for the high-flying green monkey

The ArtsEtc Winning Words Anthology: NIFCA 2013-2014, Various

Presenting more of the best work from the next generation of Barbadian writers


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