Thursday, 25 August 2011

FROM THE ‘SOUL’: Jean Lowrie-Chin to read from her collection in New Kingston

RED THIS: Lowrie-Chin gifts a copy of Souldance to Sue Cobb, former US Ambassador to Jamaica.

Keeping the spotlight on her first release as an author, renowned columnist and PR pro Jean Lowrie-Chin will give a reading from her collection Souldance: Poems and Writings at Bookland, Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, early next month.

Souldance: Poems and Writings, Jean Lowrie-Chin’s first and widely praised collection, captures the voice of every Jamaican, as well as their thoughts and dreams. Taken from writings spanning the author’s 30-year career, the pieces reflect the events that uplift, as well as burden, Jamaican society. Her poetry is both universal and prophetic, from the warnings against the rat race in ‘Slow Down Child’, to the startling take on the life of Lee Boyd Malvo in “Your Son Too”.

The pieces also demonstrate that though much has changed, a lot has remained the same. Her selection of columns are amusing and inspiring, reflecting on the achievements of outstanding Jamaicans such as The Honourable Louise Bennett and Usain Bolt, and addressing Jamaica’s most pertinent issues, like the future of Jamaican men, in “A Vision of Our ‘Men at Risk’.”

Hailed by TALLAWAH as "touching, sensitive and... brimming with universal themes of love, family, community and struggle", Souldance is the work of a woman who loves her country and has truly experienced it. It is a moving, significant addition to Jamaica’s creative and intellectual literature.

Save the date: Join Lowrie-Chin at Bookland on Saturday, September 10 at 2:00 pm.

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