[Blackstudies-l] CARIFESTA XIII: Caribbean literary greats inspire contemporary writers

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Thu Aug 24 10:49:58 EDT 2017


lisaparavisini posted: " A report by Christina Smith like Loop Barbados.
Fighting words, soothing words, funny words - the 'Word for Word' Literary
Signal Event of CARIFESTA XIII had it all. Patrons came out to the Sir
Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on Tuesday night to lend an ear"
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A report by Christina Smith like *Loop Barbados*
<http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/carifesta-xiii-caribbean-literary-greats-inspire-contemporary-writers>
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Fighting words, soothing words, funny words - the 'Word for Word' Literary
Signal Event of CARIFESTA XIII had it all.

Patrons came out to the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium on Tuesday night to
lend an ear to contemporary West Indian writers who paid homage to literary
icons who inspired them.

Barbadian novelist, Karen Lord, led the discussion on 'In The Castle of My
Skin' by George Lamming. Lord’s writes on fantasy and science fiction and
her latest publication, 'The Galaxy Game', used the theme of alienation and
migration to draw a parallel to two novels. During her reading, Lord said
her writing explores a new vision of the region, not limited by
geographical or physical location but rather extends out to include the
entire Diaspora. In that way, where ever Caribbean people migrate, they
will always be home.

Jamaican novelist and story writer, Olive Senior, sang the praises of
Claude McKay during her reading. Senior explained she often felt
conflicted, as a young writer, because it was viewed as taboo at the time
to tackle topics about life in rural Jamaica. However being led by McKay’s
work, she said she felt a sense of affirmation that she could address these
topics in her writing.

Renowned Barbadian poet, Kamau Brathwaite was recognised by Jamaican
writer, lecturer and blogger, Kei Miller. The pairing of the two writers,
Miller and Brathwaite, was literary brilliance and made the reading one of
the highlights of the night. Miller spoke on the need to draw inspiration
from great writers saying “only mediocre writers try to be original”.
Miller read from Brathwaite’s “Stone for Mikey Smith”, a poem about a
Jamaican poet who was stoned to death during a political rally. By the time
Miller completed his reading the hearts of the audience were all mourning
for Mikey Smith.

Another highlight of the event was the tribute paid to the late Austin
“Tom” Clarke with readings from three of his works, ‘Growing up Stupid
Under the Union Jack’, ‘The Polished Hoe’ and ‘Pigtails and Breadfruit’.

The event closed with the launch of one of Kamau Brathwaite’s latest
publication ‘Strange Fruit’. The collection of poems, drawn from the Billie
Holiday song, focuses on the experience of cultural lynching Brathwaite
felt when he resided in New York and how he resettled in Barbados to escape
it.
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