Barbados Literary Giant George Lamming and St Maarten poet Lasana Sekou, guest writers at literary festival in Dominica

George Lamming and Lasana M. Sekou are guest writers of the Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair on August 10-12, 2012, according to their publisher, HNP.

Prof. Lamming, an eminent father of Caribbean literature, will deliver the keynote address at the festival’s fifth anniversary in Roseau, Dominica.

Sovereignty of the Imagination; Language and the Politics of Ethnicity, and Coming, Coming Home – Western Education and the Caribbean Intellectual, both books by George Lamming, will be available at the book fair.

Pelican Heart, a bilingual anthology of Sekou’s poems from 1978 to 2010, edited by the Cuban scholar Emilio Jorge Rodríguez, will be available throughout the weekend. So will be Sekou’s Nativity/Nativité/Natividad, a trilingual poetic epic used as teaching material at UWI-St. Augustine and Birmingham University, UK.

Lamming and Sekou, hailing from Barbados and St. Martin respectively, will read from their works at the UWI Open Campus, the main book fair venue.

Caribbean authors, L-R: George Lamming (Barbados) and Lasana M. Sekou (St. Martin). (HNP photo)

Brotherhood of The Spurs, a short stories collection by Sekou, and his music-poetry CD The Salt Reaper will be available at the author’s reading, “especially for the younger generation and lovers and collectors of Caribbean literary works,” said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

On Saturday, at 11:15 AM, Sekou will conduct the workshop on “How to Get Published” with co-facilitator Dr. Irving Andre, said Alwin Bully, a principal of the book fair organization.

Among the some 20 guest participants slated for the Nature Island lit fest are novelists, historians, poets, researchers, publishers, bloggers, and spoken word artists such as Elizabeth Nunez, Lennox Honychurch, Schuyler Esprit, Mervyn Morris, Polly Pattullo, Reseau Poetique Guadeloupe, Jane Ulysses Grell, Adrian Green, Mary Walters, and Roger Bonair-Agard.

In addition to literary readings and workshops, there will be discussions, open mic sessions, films, book exhibitions and exchanges, folk music performances, and arts and crafts displays. Entrance to all book fair events are free to the general public.

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