Thursday, 13 August 2009

ARTS BRIEF: Amina Blackwood-Meeks for Scottish literary festival

STORY TELLER: Amina Blackwood-Meeks in performance

Renowned Jamaican raconteur Amina Blackwood-Meeks has been selected to take part in a prestigious Scottish storytelling festival from October 24 to November 1 as part of the celebration of the Scottish Year of Homecoming. The recommendation that Mrs. Blackwood-Meeks participate in the Scottish Storytelling Festival was made by culture minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange to the folks at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Grange said that Mrs. Blackwood-Meeks’ prowess as a storyteller was well known and that she could be relied on “to represent Jamaica well at the Scottish Festival and the experience will have a positive impact on the work she has been doing in promoting the Culture in Education Programme.” Minister Grange also told the Scottish Storytelling Centre that Mrs. Blackwood-Meeks “will bring to your programme the very best of Jamaican tradition” in the area of story telling.The culture minister added Jamaica was proud to be a part of “this rich cultural experience and looked forward to continued collaboration in future endeavours with the Scottish people.

Amina Blackwood-Meeks is one of the most prominent storytellers from Jamaica, who performs worldwide. Her stories, always entertaining, usually involve a political bent. Her educational background includes government, theatre and education, and she draws upon all of these in her varied performances. She also has broad experience in writing and performing contemporary poetry and stories for adults and children. In 1994, she organized the first Caribbean storytelling festival as a way of passing on her skills and ideas to others. In 1006, The Colgate Caribbean Students Association invited Blackwood-Meeks to perform at our Caribbean Week 2006 for just those reasons.

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