Over 100 writers to present work at Carifesta XIV


The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reports on Carifesta XIV, which begins today, August 16 and continues through August 25.

Over 100 Caribbean and spe­cial­ly-in­vit­ed non-Caribbean writ­ers will present their work at an un­prece­dent­ed lit­er­ary bo­nan­za dur­ing Car­ifes­ta XIV, 16-25 Au­gust.

Car­ifes­ta, the Caribbean’s pre­miere arts and cul­ture fes­ti­val, has made an open call to all re­gion­al au­thors to read from their pub­lished and un­pub­lished work. The re­sponse has been stag­ger­ing, ac­cord­ing to the NGC Bo­cas Lit Fest, or­gan­is­ers of Car­ifes­ta XIV lit­er­ary events. Over a hun­dred re­quests to par­tic­i­pate flood­ed the host web­site with­in a week. Reg­is­tra­tion is now closed but this en­thu­si­asm speaks to the rich wealth of sto­ries, es­says and po­ems be­ing pro­duced in the re­gion and burst­ing to get out. The dai­ly Open Mic ses­sions, or­gan­ised in the gen­res of fic­tion, po­et­ry, non-fic­tion, and spo­ken word, run from noon 17-24 Au­gust at the fes­ti­val hub: the Grand Mar­ket in the Queens Park Sa­van­nah, in the Car­ifes­ta Book Fair tent.

The Open Mic will in­ter­weave with themed read­ings by lead­ing re­gion­al writ­ers and lo­cal book gi­ants, in­clud­ing Michael An­tho­ny, Willi Chen, Paul Keens Dou­glas and Earl Lovelace; all of them will be pre­sent­ing new work to a di­verse Caribbean au­di­ence. Among the in­ter­na­tion­al stars is Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o of Kenya, the world renowned, mul­ti award-win­ning writer and Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture and Eng­lish at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Irvine (UCI).

Ngũgĩ’s fic­tion, es­says and plays are cel­e­brat­ed for chal­leng­ing au­thor­i­ty, in­ter­ro­gat­ing the role of colo­nial­ism and high­light­ing is­sues of class, cul­ture, re­li­gion and mod­ern ver­sus tra­di­tion­al val­ues. His work got him a one-year prison sen­tence in Kenya in the 1970s and led to Amnesty In­ter­na­tion­al adopt­ing him as a pris­on­er of con­science. Even­tu­al­ly, he fled to the USA, where he has taught at Yale, New York Uni­ver­si­ty and UCI.

Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez the de­ceased Colom­bian-Caribbean No­bel Lau­re­ate for Lit­er­a­ture rec­og­nized Jorge Fran­co Ramos as a younger writer to whom he could pass the lit­er­ary torch. Fran­co may be new to Eng­lish speak­ing Caribbean read­ers but he is hailed on the main­land as one of the most promis­ing writ­ers of the new Latin Amer­i­can nar­ra­tive. His suc­cess­ful nov­els have been made in­to pop­u­lar TV se­ries and award-win­ning fea­ture films. He, too, makes his Car­ifes­ta de­but in Thurs­day Noir on Thurs­day 22 Au­gust.

Head­lin­ing evening events at the Book Fair on Sat­ur­day 17 at 6pm is renowned Trinida­di­an writer Earl Lovelace, prizewin­ning au­thor of short sto­ries and the nov­els The Drag­on Can’t Dance, Salt and Is Just A Movie.

For original article, see http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/over-100-writers-to-present-work-at-carifesta-xiv-6.2.907867.4dd7e0c4d8

[Photo above, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o.]

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