Barbadian Science Fiction gains new ground and blazes trail; io9-Praised Author wins “Frank Collymore Literary Endowment” second year in a row
Dr. Karen Lord was awarded the 1st prize in the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Competition. Dr. Lord received BDS$10,000 for her speculative work “The Best of All Possible Worlds” at the 12th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Grande Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre on Saturday. She was the recipient of the top award in the 2008 competition as well. Dr. Lord is a graduate from the Master Fiction class with George Lamming.
Glenville Lovell, a regular entrant and previous winner in the competition, was awarded the 2nd prize valued at BDS$7,000 for his play “Sodom”.
The 3rd prize went to first-time entrant and former journalist, Heather Barker for her collection of short stories titled the “The Millipede Eats the Mongoose”. She received BDS$3,000.
Lance Bannister, a very versatile artist, was selected for the Prime Minister’s Award for his entry “Barbados Evergreen”, a valuable piece of Barbadian social history. Sponsored by the Honourable David Thompson, the award recognizes writing that presents readers with original and provocative ways of viewing Barbadian culture and identity and with a quality that strongly deserves recognition and encouragement.
Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Dr. DeLisle Worrell congratulated the winners. He noted that Caribbean literature is alive and well, and the Bank is proud to make this modest contribution to its continued health, in collaboration with the Prime Minister. He said that he is delighted by the continuing font of new writing and new talent, since the appearance of the landmark Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories (1999), and the Oxford Book of Caribbean Poetry (2005). One of the editors of the latter book is our own Professor Mark McWatt, a member of the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Committee, and the former was jointly edited by McWatt along with the late John Wickham.
Named for Barbados’ literary giant, actor and poet, Frank Collymore, the Central Bank of Barbados established the Endowment in 1998 to assist in the promotion of the literary arts in Barbados.