Little Prissy Palmer by Joanne C. Hillhouse

One of mine.

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Illustration by Arushi Gupta Illustration by Arushi Gupta

Her father, Denfield Palmer, was to blame for her name. A fine sportsman, he approached football with precision and was a star with the village-side. He wasn’t too literate though. That’s what came of scudding school religiously for the football field. Maybe he’d heard someone refer to another girl as prissy and taken it to mean pretty. Long and short of it, while her mother was still out of it, he gave his preferred name for the birth certificate and turned his child into a pappyshow.

Red, that’s what they called the girl’s mother, a white woman, didn’t fuss; didn’t have as firm a hand as you needed to with someone like Denfield.

So, Prissy Palmer, it was. Wasn’t need for a nickname or a grinding name to ridicule her with after that. Also setting her apart from the children in the village was the…

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Caribbean Unity in support of Tambourine Army

Caribbean Unity in support of Tambourine Army activist Latoya Nugent As concerned members of the Caribbean region and diaspora, we are outraged by the unreasonable and absurd charges of three counts of “malicious communication” under Section 9 (1) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015 by the Jamaican state towards human rights defender and activist, Latoya […]

via Caribbean Unity in support of Tambourine Army activist Latoya Nugent — Feminist Conversations on Caribbean Life


I’ve re-ordered the ‘media’ page for, hopefully, easier sourcing of information. I cycle in and out of floods of student requests for information (February and November are peak periods here in Antigua, though March has been epic this year as well). And while I am grateful that my books are being read and studied, responding to each individual request for information is not practical or possible. This year especially so. Also, not everyone comes right or respects boundaries.

I cannot lay my bedgrass bare – some information is personal – and I only ever wanted to talk through my books, but this is my home on the web, pull from this space what you can. That means, students, you have to dig around and do the research (hitting up the author on social media is not doing the research). I have tried to better preview the links on the media page and there is a search tool to your right, as well.

I do want to try to help how I can, which is why I’ve taken the time to clean up the media page and improve the links. Because, in light of the recent tide and the tone of some of the approaches, I have had to adopt a policy of no longer responding to individual student information requests. That’s how it has to be right now.

I do remain grateful for any interest in my work and I will continue to put my energies in to producing better and more work.

Go here for those media links.

Reviews – With Grace

Readers who take the time to post a book review via whatever social media they use, make a world of difference by helping especially little known authors, authors trying to break through, authors without the name/status/backing to attract big media and big reviewer attention, ripple the waters. By letting others in your social media circle and beyond (if you post reviews on amazon, goodreads, and literary community spaces) know if you liked a book and, if so, what you liked about it, you can potentially get another reader interested and on like that. Also, while every author knows there’s no guarantee of a positive review, it’s often interesting to read how people react and what they react to, and why, in something you’ve written. And by interesting I mean nerve-wracking, but also exciting and potentially affirming.  These are some of the reasons I take the time to post about books I’ve read or books I’m currently reading, plus I just like talking books.

With With Grace, my Caribbean fairytale, my most heartwarming reactions have been the relayed reactions of the children and the reactions of the children in us all.

So far, the faerie is a favourite among the little ones.

Respect to all the readers and thanks especially to the readers who help more people become aware of the books by taking the time to pass it on. Click the link to see what they’ve been saying —> Reviews – With Grace

Blogger on Books IV

I’m making this my post for the Sunday Post Weekly meme. Only my second time participating. So what’s new? Mangoes started coming in and mango season is always a happy season, whatever else is going on in the world (or, more specifically, my world). And I finished Edward P. Jones’ The Known World. I finished it right around the time I got to see Jordan Peele’s Get Out, a life syncing up moment if ever there was one. I recommend both the book and the film, both are in their way entertaining and compelling, dealing in different times and coming from different angles, but both centering race (both, without preaching, making us uncomfortable in interesting ways; uncomfortable’s not a bad thing if it gets us thinking on things and moves the needle). I might do a separate post on the movie but I’ve already posted on the book. It’s the latest addition to my Blogger on Books series – follow the link –> Blogger on Books IV