The Bahamas Writers Summer Institute (BWSI) announced that this year’s featured guest writer is Barbadian George Lamming. In addition to a public lecture—“Memory, Desire and Community: Interconnectedness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination”—at the College of the Bahamas’ Harry C. Moore Library on July 14, at 7:00pm, Mr. Lamming will give a reading from current works on Saturday evening, July 16, at Chapter One Books (on Thompson Boulevard in Nassau). He will also teach two master classes: one in fiction, on July 16 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, and the other in poetry, on July 17 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, also at the College of the Bahamas. The lecture and reading are free and open to the public. The cost for the master classes runs on a sliding scale ($30 to $50 per class).
George Lamming is a world renowned intellectual, writer, critic and educator. Lamming, chosen as the 2004 Distinguished Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, is currently Visiting Professor in the Africana Department at Brown University. He has held many prestigious academic positions including 1998-2000 Scholar-in-Residence at City College of the University of New York, where he delivered the Langston Hughes Lecture at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.
Lamming exploded onto the literary scene in 1953 with his first novel In the Castle of My Skin, which won the Somerset Maugham Award for Literature, and was championed by leading writers and intellectuals such as Jean Paul Sartre and Richard Wright. In the Castle of My Skin, a novel about a Caribbean childhood and the realities of colonialism, remains the most widely read of West Indian novels. Lamming, author of six novels, describes himself as a “political novelist” and has been closely involved in the political and cultural events of the Caribbean and Commonwealth over the last 50 years, remaining an astute critic and commentator on political, historical and cultural events.
The Bahamas Writers Summer Institute is a Caribbean centered creative writing program located in the heart of Nassau at the College of the Bahamas Campus on Thompson Blvd. BWSI 2011 begins on July 4, and is open to writers of all levels in poetry, fiction, memoir, screenwriting and playwriting.
[Many thanks to Craig Smith for bringing this item to our attention.]
For applications, see http://bwsi.wordpress.com/bwsi-2011-application/
For full announcement, see http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/new-providence-bahamas/BWSI_2011_to_feature16503.shtml
Photo from http://www.normangirvan.info/home/