Book Review: Houseboy (Ferdinand Oyono)

Book Review: Houseboy (Ferdinand Oyono)

“There are two worlds,…ours is a world of respect and mystery and magic. Their world brings everything into the daylight, even the things that weren’t meant to be…” The novella, Houseboy, by Ferdinand Oyono is an amusing, sarcastic and...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – the Dugu

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – the Dugu

In today’s blogpost I want to shine a spotlight on an ancient ritual, still practiced by the Black Caribs (Garifuna) to this very day, which has been integral to their way of life since long before the Second Carib War – the ‘Dugu ceremony.’ In...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Garifuna Language

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Garifuna Language

In a recent blogpost about authenticity in writing historical fiction I mentioned that I would elaborate more about how the Garifuna language has evolved since the 1790s. It has indeed been quite a dramatic transformation which has its roots in the tragic deportation...
Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Liberty-Law-Equality

Behind the Scenes: Children of the Ocean God – Liberty-Law-Equality

The ideas of the French Revolution reached the shores of St. Vincent in 1795 due to the concerted efforts of one man. Victor Hugues, French revolutionary commander and Commissioner of Guadeloupe. Hugues, who was officially sent out to the Windward Islands to implement...

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