‘Nomad’ by Yvonne Weekes at Barbados’ Central Bank salon next week; heads to Trinidad for Carifesta 2019
Nomad by Yvonne Weekes, published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), will launch in Barbados on August 13, by the country’s prestigious Frank Collymore Literary Endowment foundation, said HNP president Jacqueline Sample.
In Nomad, Weekes opens her nomadic experiences in ways “which i nvva see before,” said world-renowned poet Kamau Brathwaite.
The gritty and graceful poems of Nomad travel with the poet as an immigrant child in London; as a refuge fleeing with her young son from the Montserrat volcano eruption; to Barbados where she teaches theater arts at The University of the West Indies.
“Nomad is a survivors’ handbook and a travelers’ guide for anyone who has known the burden of a life bundled into bags,” said Jamaican performance artist A-dziko Simba Gegele.
On August 20, Dr. Weekes will be in Trinidad and Tobago to recite from Nomad at the Carifesta literary program, said Nicholas Laughlin, program director for NGS Bocas Lit Fest.
The reading of writers from across the region–at the Grand Market, Queen’s Park Savannah–will reflect on “the meaning of ‘Caribbean.'” The two-evening program includes an extempo debate by kaisonians tackling the same topic, said Laughlin.
While in Port of Spain, Dr. Yvonne Weekes will also attend the UWI Symposium entitled “Journey Around Myself,” from August 19 – 24, 2019.
The theme of Carifesta XIV, August 16 – 25, 2019, is “Share. Connect. Invest” (carifesta.net). Carifesta is the world’s largest pan-Caribbean cultural arts festival, with recent editions of the festival seeing interests from governments and organizations from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas seeking to send delegations.
“I’m happy for Yvonne Weekes and Nomad, for making such a heady literary movement between the Barbados launch and the Carifesta reading,” said the publisher.
Nomad is available at SPDbooks.org for Internet orders, UWI-Barbados bookstore, Van Dorp bookstore, and Carifesta 2019, said Sample.