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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

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Resistance Refuge Revival, written by Lennox Honychurch

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Resistance, Refuge, Revival

The Indigenous Kalinagos of Dominica

Lennox Honychurch

ISBN: 9781739130329
Original paperback
Price: £15.99
Publication: September 2024
ebook

Dominica is the only place in the Caribbean where the Kalinagos – the indigenous people of the region – were able to secure a portion of their own land after everywhere else had been taken from them. This is their remarkable story. Written by a Dominican whose knowledge of the Kalinagos is unsurpassed, it sheds new light on how they shifted identities – from the early years of resistance to European colonisation, through tactical withdrawal to a revival of traditions and respect in the 21st century.

“I am honoured as a Kalinago leader to be part of this wonderful work as it relates to the history of our people.” Irvince Auguiste, former Kalinago Chief.

The product of a life-time of engagement and decades of study, Lennox Honychurch’s Resistance, Refuge, Revival tells the history of the Kalinago people of Dominica with consummate skill and compassion. It instantly becomes the most authoritative book on the subject, to which both scholars and general readers will turn” Peter Hulme, emeritus Professor of Literature, University of Essex.

“In this impressive book, Honychurch presents a history that emphasises a Kalinago perspective and shows the important role they have played in the complex social and cultural evolution of Dominica.”Mark Hauser, Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University.

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

FORTHCOMING

Resistance Refuge Revival, written by Lennox Honychurch

Resistance, Refuge, Revival

The Indigenous Kalinagos of Dominica

Lennox Honychurch

ISBN: 9781739130329
Original paperback
Price: £15.99
Publication: September 2024
ebook

Dominica is the only place in the Caribbean where the Kalinagos – the indigenous people of the region – were able to secure a portion of their own land after everywhere else had been taken from them. This is their remarkable story. Written by a Dominican whose knowledge of the Kalinagos is unsurpassed, it sheds new light on how they shifted identities – from the early years of resistance to European colonisation, through tactical withdrawal to a revival of traditions and respect in the 21st century.

“I am honoured as a Kalinago leader to be part of this wonderful work as it relates to the history of our people.” Irvince Auguiste, former Kalinago Chief.

The product of a life-time of engagement and decades of study, Lennox Honychurch’s Resistance, Refuge, Revival tells the history of the Kalinago people of Dominica with consummate skill and compassion. It instantly becomes the most authoritative book on the subject, to which both scholars and general readers will turn” Peter Hulme, emeritus Professor of Literature, University of Essex.

“In this impressive book, Honychurch presents a history that emphasises a Kalinago perspective and shows the important role they have played in the complex social and cultural evolution of Dominica.”Mark Hauser, Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University.

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Good Night My Sweet Island

By Petrea Honychurch Seaman
Illustrated by Susanne Heitz

ISBN: 9781838041595
2023, Paperback, £7.99

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

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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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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.

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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.

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

Still Standing

Good Night My Sweet Island

By Petrea Honychurch Seaman
Illustrated by Susanne Heitz

ISBN: 9781838041595
2023, Paperback, £7.99

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

Read more >

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 >

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…

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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.

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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 is delighted to announce that the UK publication date of a landmark book: Resistance, Refuge, Revival: the Indigenous Kalinagos of Dominica, written by Dominica's leading historian and anthropologist, Lennox Honychurch, is set for Kalinago Day 19 September 2024. #bookrecommendations #HistoricReads #HistoricalReads #history #kalinago #Dominica #dominicahistory #heritage #caribbeanhistory #indigenous #BooksToRead ... See MoreSee Less
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