The Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) has granted the Caribbean Hibiscus Prize, in its first edition, to Barbadian writer George Lamming. Lamming received the award –which acknowledges his lifetime’s work—during a ceremony held at the UNEAC, attended by Culture Minister Abel Prieto.
In an exclusive interview with ACN, the prizewinning intellectual expressed his appreciation for the honors received in Cuba, especially noting that Cubans are defenders of culture because they truly believe that culture is a weapon to defend the Revolution.
He added that that cultural awareness is what has promoted the increase of solidarity around the Revolution.
Miguel Barnet, president of the UNEAC, said that the granting of this prize is also aimed at spreading national culture and the work of the institution.
During the ceremony, Cuban writer Nancy Morejón pointed out that the Hibiscus Prize is named after a flower common to Caribbean nations, and that Lamming was selected to receive this first edition of the prize because when you read his works you can understand Nature and regional spirit better.
Lamming (1927) has a large production of short stories, essays, poems and novels, in which he reflects on subjects like the exile, racial issues, history and the search for identity, among others.
His links with Cuba began in the 1970’s and by way of Havana’s Casa de las Américas cultural institution he met important figures of Latin American and world intelligentsia.
He has been an advisor to the Center of Caribbean Studies (CEC) and was a member of the jury for the Casa Prizes (Anglo-Caribbean literature) in 1976.
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