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Papillote Press is a small, independent publishing house specialising in books about Dominica and the wider Caribbean.

“Papillote Press is committed to telling our stories in books that are made to be treasured.” Marina Salandy-Brown, founder and director of the Bocas Lit Fest

“Papillote Press has been etching out a space for themselves as an outlet for burgeoning talent.” Richard Georges, poet, winner of the Bocas Lit Fest award for Caribbean literature, 2020

Updates

First Visit – Meeting Dominica and Phyllis Shand Allfrey

Forty years ago I first visited Dominica to interview writer and politician Phyllis Shand Allfrey (and Prime Minister Eugenia Charles) for a UK newspaper.

Elma Napier Remembered

It is 50 years this month since the death of Elma Napier, writer, pioneering environmentalist, and the first woman to sit in a West Indian House of Assembly.

Cover of children's picture book, Good Night My Sweet Island

FEATURED BOOK

Good Night My Sweet Island

By Petrea Honychurch Seaman
Illustrations by Susanne Heitz

ISBN: 9781838041595
Original paperback
Price: £7.99
Publication: September 2023

Saying good night “to all things we love”: in a homage to a magical Caribbean island, Good Night My Sweet Island takes the reader through a poetic and visually stimulating journey. Each verse celebrates aspects of tropical island life: birds and beaches, fruits and forests, dancing and music, rivers and rain. As the sun goes down, a child says a dreamy good night to all the rich experiences of the day.

“A beautifully illustrated poetic depiction of an island I love with all my heart.” – Trish Cooke, author of So Much and Look Back!

“A feast for the ears and eyes. Beautiful.”
– Margaret Bateson-Hill, author of Masha and the Firebird

The rhythms, sights and sounds of the Caribbean are beautifully captured. A real joy.” – Valerie Bloom, Jamaican-born poet and novelist

Caribbean Books

Books from the Caribbean

Papillote Press is a small, independent publishing house specialising in books about Dominica and the wider Caribbean.

“Papillote Press is committed to telling our stories in books that are made to be treasured.” Marina Salandy-Brown, founder and director of the Bocas Lit Fest

“Papillote Press has been etching out a space for themselves as an outlet for burgeoning talent.” Richard Georges, poet, winner of the Bocas Lit Fest award for Caribbean literature, 2020

Updates

First Visit – Meeting Dominica and Phyllis Shand Allfrey

Forty years ago I first visited Dominica to interview writer and politician Phyllis Shand Allfrey (and Prime Minister Eugenia Charles) for a UK newspaper.

Elma Napier Remembered

It is 50 years this month since the death of Elma Napier, writer, pioneering environmentalist, and the first woman to sit in a West Indian House of Assembly.

FEATURED BOOK

Cover of children's picture book, Good Night My Sweet Island

Good Night My Sweet Island

By Petrea Honychurch Seaman
Illustrations by Susanne Heitz

ISBN: 9781838041595
Original paperback
Price: £7.99
Publication: September 2023

Saying good night “to all things we love”: in a homage to a magical Caribbean island, Good Night My Sweet Island takes the reader through a poetic and visually stimulating journey. Each verse celebrates aspects of tropical island life: birds and beaches, fruits and forests, dancing and music, rivers and rain. As the sun goes down, a child says a dreamy good night to all the rich experiences of the day.

“A beautifully illustrated poetic depiction of an island I love with all my heart.” – Trish Cooke, author of So Much and Look Back!

“A feast for the ears and eyes. Beautiful.”
– Margaret Bateson-Hill, author of Masha and the Firebird

The rhythms, sights and sounds of the Caribbean are beautifully captured. A real joy.” – Valerie Bloom, Jamaican-born poet and novelist

Recent and Recommended

Still Standing, Ti Kais of Dominica

Still Standing

The Ti Kais of Dominica

By Adom Philogene Heron
Photographs by Marica Honychurch

ISBN: 9781838041588
2022, Paperback, £21.50

“A truly superb introduction to a traditional, yet evolving, element of Caribbean vernacular architecture and a fine example of creolization in material culture.” New West Indian Guide 98, forthcoming in “Bookshelf 2023”, spring 2024

This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of the vanishing vernacular architecture of Dominica. These small wooden homes, ingeniously crafted and carefully adapted to their environment, have withstood hurricanes and earthquakes since their emergence in the post-emancipation period. While many modern, concrete homes have been destroyed, they are “still standing’. Even so, they are under threat from the forces of ‘modernity’ and ‘development’.

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Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

Black Man Listen

The Life of JR Ralph Casimir

By Kathy Casimir MacLean

ISBN: 9781838041526
2022, Paperback, £8.99

This is the first biography of the pioneering life of JR Ralph Casimir (1898-1986), a Pan- Africanist and poet from Dominica. Calling himself a “New Negro”, for more than half a century he confronted not just colonial rule, but his island’s elites.

Read more >

Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

A Scream in the Shadows

By Mac Donald Dixon

ISBN: 9781838041533
2022, Paperback, £8.99

So close to home… so far from justice… so far from paradise.

A compelling crime story set in the rural Caribbean where traditional allegiances and a flawed legal system provide a backdrop to the rape and murder of a young girl. When her step-father is accused of the crime, her brother joins the police to try and clear their father’s name. While the suspect languishes in jail, the young detective makes some disturbing discoveries.

Read more >

Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

Dangerous Freedom

By Lawrence Scott

ISBN: 9781999776862
2021, Paperback, £10.99

‘This is a thought-provoking and subtle novel, from an award-winning Trinidadian writer, which will not be easily forgotten,’ says the Historical Novel Society

In this radical and moving historical novel, Scott weaves fact with fiction to reveal “the great deception” exercised by the powerful on a mixed-race child born in the late 18th century and brought up in the London home of England’s Lord Chief Justice.

Dido Belle was the daughter of an African-born enslaved woman and the sea-faring nephew of Lord Mansfield…

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RECOMMENDED

Still Standing, Ti Kais of Dominica

Still Standing

The Ti Kais of Dominica

By Adom Philogene Heron
Photographs by Marica Honychurch

ISBN: 9781838041588
2022, Paperback, £21.50

This beautifully illustrated book is a celebration of the vanishing vernacular architecture of Dominica. These small wooden homes, ingeniously crafted and carefully adapted to their environment, have withstood hurricanes and earthquakes since their emergence in the post-emancipation period. While many modern, concrete homes have been destroyed, they are “still standing’. Even so, they are under threat from the forces of ‘modernity’ and ‘development’.

Read more >

Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

Black Man Listen

By Kathy Casimir MacLean

ISBN: 9781838041526
2022, Paperback, £8.99

This is the first biography of the pioneering life of JR Ralph Casimir (1898-1986), a Pan- Africanist and poet from Dominica. Calling himself a “New Negro”, for more than half a century he confronted not just colonial rule, but his island’s elites.

Read more >

Book cover for White River Blues, Papillote Press, Dominica

A Scream in the Shadows

By Mac Donald Dixon

ISBN: 9781838041533
2022, Paperback, £8.99

So close to home… so far from justice… so far from paradise.

A compelling crime story set in the rural Caribbean where traditional allegiances and a flawed legal system provide a backdrop to the rape and murder of a young girl. When her step-father is accused of the crime, her brother joins the police to try and clear their father’s name. While the suspect languishes in jail, the young detective makes some disturbing discoveries.

Read more >

Dangerous Freedom, Papillote Press, Dominica

Dangerous Freedom

By Lawrence Scott

ISBN: 9781999776862
2021, Paperback, £10.99

‘This is a thought-provoking and subtle novel, from an award-winning Trinidadian writer, which will not be easily forgotten,’ says the Historical Novel Society

In this radical and moving historical novel, Scott weaves fact with fiction to reveal “the great deception” exercised by the powerful on a mixed-race child born in the late 18th century and brought up in the London home of England’s Lord Chief Justice.

Dido Belle was the daughter of an African-born enslaved woman and the sea-faring nephew of Lord Mansfield…

Read more >

featured contributors

Adom Philogene Heron

Adom Philogene Heron is an ethnographer of the Caribbean whose scholarship centres on Caribbean ecologies, hurricanes, and repair; Britain’s haunted post-imperial land/seascapes; and Caribbean fatherhood and family lives. 

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Marica Honychurch

Marica Honychurch is a photographer and videographer from Dominica. After living abroad, she has returned to her roots working in travel, portrait and documentary. 

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Kathy Casimir MacLean

Kathy Casimir MacLean was born in Dominica, and lives in London. She was head of the Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) Service in Wandsworth’s Children’s Services, south London…

Read more >

Mac Donald Dixon

Mac Donald Dixon was born in St Lucia, West Indies, where he still lives. He is best known as a playwright, but is also an accomplished poet, painter and photographer.

Read more >

featured contributors

Adom Philogene Heron

Adom Philogene Heron is an ethnographer of the Caribbean whose scholarship centres on Caribbean ecologies, hurricanes, and repair; Britain’s haunted post-imperial land/seascapes; and Caribbean fatherhood and family lives.

Read more >

Marica Honychurch

Marica Honychurch is a photographer and videographer from Dominica. After living abroad, she has returned to her roots working in travel, portrait and documentary.

Read more >

Kathy Casimir MacLean

Kathy Casimir MacLean was born in Dominica, and lives in London. She was head of the Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) Service in Wandsworth’s Children’s Services, south London…

Read more >

Mac Donald Dixon

Mac Donald Dixon was born in St Lucia, West Indies, where he still lives. He is best known as a playwright, but is also an accomplished poet, painter and photographer.

Read more >

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Papillote Press publishes books from Dominica and the wider Caribbean. It's small but lovingly formed and is keen to engage its readers - present and future - into the possibilities for new Papillote Press projects.

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We asked our authors to name their favourite Papillote Press Book.Our third recommendation comes from Diana McCaulay @dianamccaulay - a Jamaican environmental activist and award-winning writer. Her books Dog-Heart and Huracan were shortlisted for the Saroyan Prize for International Writing, and Gone to Drift - published by Papillote Press and Harper Collins - was placed second in the 2015 Burt Prize for Caribbean Young Adult Literature. Her latest novel is Daylight Come. McCaulay recommends Home Home by Lisa Allen-Agostini @lisaallenagostini.”It was hard to pick a favourite Papillote Press book, as I have loved many, but I settled on Home Home by Trinidadian writer, Lisa Allen-Agostini. This is a slim volume which packs a punch - the story of a teenager struggling with mental challenges as she tries to adjust to life in Canada. Home Home delves into universal themes of exile and homeplace with a skillful and moving touch”.#caribbeanliterature #caribbeanauthors #caribbeanreads #caribbeanbooks #womenauthors #jamaica #trinidad #instareads #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #booklove #bookrecommendations #Bookish #BookCommunity #BooksToRead #booksarethebestgifts ... See MoreSee Less
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Papillote Press was happy to support the donation of books from the UK-based Dominica Secondary Schools Supporters Association to schools in Dominica - and to meet with principals and staff. The books were delivered to the schools by Kathy Casimir MacLean, chair of DASSSA, representatives from the Ministry of Education, and Polly Pattullo, publisher of Papillote Press. ... See MoreSee Less
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