Crime pays for writer Barbara Jenkins

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The Bocas Lit Fest site recently featured Barbara Jenkins (shown above as she reads from Sic Transit Wagon, her debut collection of short stories, published by Peepal Tree Press), saying that her short story “The Long Arm of the Lawless,” has won her much praise and a trip to Scotland. Here are excerpts:

[. . .] The theme of crime writing was introduced during the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in partnership with Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, and the British Council. Participants in a one-day workshop, led by two prize-winning Scottish crime writers, were encouraged to enter a mini Bloody Scotland short story competition with the winner being offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the Bloody Scotland Festival as part of an ongoing international exchange between the two events.

Dom Hastings, Festival director, says, “We were delighted to be able to attend the NGC Bocas Lit Fest earlier this year, both to showcase Scottish writing and experience a fantastic festival and burgeoning literary scene. I’m incredibly excited to be able to bring a small piece of this back to Scotland and invite a Trinidadian writer as talented at Barbara to our Festival in 2015.”

As a guest of Bloody Scotland, Barbara Jenkins will attend a crime writing masterclass with the University of Stirling and be introduced to the Scottish literature scene. The author says, “I am thrilled. This is my first crime story but I do plan to continue to mine real life in Trinidad for inspiration. Denise Mina and Allan Guthrie led an inspiring workshop. They even got us started writing at the workshop. From then, there was no way I could just let their gift lie unused. I must thank the NGC Bocas Lit Fest for creating this opportunity.”

Since starting a writing career after retirement from teaching, Barbara Jenkins has emerged as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most recognized new talents. She has won several international awards, attended many festivals internationally, published a debut book of short stories and is at work on her first novel.

For full article, see http://www.bocaslitfest.com/2014/crime-pays-for-writer-barbara-jenkins/

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