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Bridget Jones Travel Award

Arts researchers or practitioners living and working in the Caribbean are eligible to apply for the Bridget Jones Travel Award, the deadline for which is the 10th January 2011. The winner of the award will present their work at the Society for Caribbean Studies Annual Conference, which will be held at the National Museums, Liverpool from 29th June – 1st July 2011. If you are an arts practitioner or researcher (postgraduate, postdoctoral or professional) living and working in any region of the Anglophone, Hispanic, Francophone or Dutch speaking Caribbean, you may apply for the Award. The successful recipient will receive £650 towards travel expenses and, in addition, a full bursary to cover conference fees and accommodation. Applications are especially welcome from individuals with no institutional affiliations. We encourage applications from across the arts: from visual artists, performers, creative writers, film-makers, folklorists, playwrights etc.

For more information on the Bridget Jones Travel Award and the Society for Caribbean Studies, visit the Society website on

Jamaican cultural historian, social activist, scholar, and novelist Erna Brodber is the winner of this year’s Bridget Jones Award for Caribbean Studies, which is sponsored by the Society for Caribbean Studies. Brodber has done pioneering research on Caribbean oral histories and helped to bring nation languages into the mainstream of world literature. She holds a Jamaican Musgrave Gold Award for Literature and Orature, and her novel Myal won the Caribbean and Canadian section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In 2006, Brodber received the Prince Claus Award. She will receive the award at the 34th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies. She is also the author of Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home, which won acclaim for its experimental structure. This conference took place at the University of Southampton on July 7 -9, 2010.

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