Montserrat: The way the carribean used to be

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of going on an adventure to the beautiful but little known island of Montserrat. Montserrat? Where’s Montserrat? It’s right next to Antigua, a tiny volcanic, lush place with only about 5,000 people living on it. Oh, and the way you get there…well…you have to take a TINY twin engine plane. I mean, like a plane the size of a car. NOT COOL, but still kinda cool. Ha!

I was there attending the Alliouagana Festival of the Word. That’s right. This tiny island has its own literary festival and it’s pretty cool. So cool in fact that all of you writers out there should get involved and see if you can take a trip to paradise, or as the Montserratians say, “the way the Caribbean used to be.”

The flight. Yes, that’s the pilot sitting RIGHT in front of me!

Totally worth the wild flight.


Fresh fruit picked straight off the tree. Bajan cherries and black berries.

Nope, that’s not a lobster. It’s a CRAWFISH!

Do some research and find out about this gem. Thank you to Gracelyn Cassell for the invitation, and to Norman for the tour, and to alllllll the incredible people I met. I will be back!


One comment

  1. Devi Brookins

    Hello Jason,
    I was at the Public Library with my 12 year old recently and came across your book. She was doing homework and I was searching the YA books for a good read for her. She has read all of Sharon Drapers’ publishings.
    I was attracted to the cover of When I was the greatest, it pulled me in. Plus, I’m always seeking Black/AA authors. Then I opened the back cover and BAM, an intellectual, intelligent educated man with dreadlocks. My daughter was reading Blood done sign my name which is about a black man being murdered in 70s about 25 miles from where we live. I gave the book to her to check out, then we came home. Well after homework, she went upstairs to read and instead of the book she was reading she started yours. So I confiscated your book until she finished the previous one. She read your book in 2 days and wants to go to the library today (Sunday) and it’s not open. She wants your next book. I have all kinds of questions for you. I’m interested in knowing how this young brother has become so deep. Thank you for being here for the younger generation and I admire you. Keep up the great work and you have new Fam. Peace ✌.

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