The Jamaica National Building Society has contributed J$100,000 to offset the publishing costs for a new book of short stories, Tallawah’s Son Lightning and Other Jamaican Stories, to be published by the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
JIS Manager of Research and Publications Celia Lindsay explained that the publication of the book is part of the agency’s efforts to preserve Jamaica’s oral traditions. “We have been asked on a number of occasions by members of the public [about information on storytelling and Jamaican stories].” Now, the JIS has found a product that is relevant to part of their mission “to archive or record aspects of Jamaica’s cultural heritage.”
Tallawah’s Son Lightning and Other Jamaican Stories, which should be ready for sale by mid December, will feature 12 stories written by teachers Vinola Bailey-Waysome and Nicole Williams, and a student of Northern Caribbean University, Zarah Henry. Group Executive in charge of Communications at JNBS, Carmen Tipling, will write the foreword to the book. The publication of the book, she points out, will not only benefit the JIS and the storytellers, but young people in schools island-wide. An audio version of the book will also be produced by the JIS Radio Department and Acting Radio Manager, Alva Lindsay Blair, expressed pleasure in being a part of the initiative, explaining that “They are Jamaican stories and they pull you in, so you feel and see the duppies (and other characters), and we are really glad to be a part of it.”
In the photo featured here: CEO of the Jamaica Information Service Donna-Marie Rowe (center) receives a check from coordinator of the Jamaica National Building Society School Savers Program, Diana Cunningham; Nicole Williams (right), one of the three storytellers who will be featured in the text.