Monday, 19 March 2012

NEWS + NOTES: Derek Walcott to address Jamaican writers’ forum + ‘Jubilation’ for Calabash 2012

LEGEND: Walcott in Treasure Beach, 2008.

For many of us literary aficionados, the last time we were in the presence of Derek Walcott, he had us in his thrall at the 2008 staging of the Calabash Literary Festival in Treasure Beach. Fast-forward to 2012 and the St. Lucian-born Nobel Laureate is set to make his next appearance on Jamaican soil on May 15 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Mr. Walcott will be giving the keynote address at a special Writers’ Forum being organized by Katalyxt Jamaica. Such an event should certainly be well-attended.

The forum will feature panellists Mervyn Morris, Carolyn Cooper and Edward Baugh. Writing workshops will be conducted by Morris (poetry) and Velma Pollard (short stories).

Criteria for participation in workshops:
Applicants should not have published a book of poems or short stories.
*Poetry: up to five unpublished poems (not more than 1,000 words total).
*Short Story: up to two unpublished stories (not more than 3,000 words total).
Send submissions to For more info, call 968-3115.

And speaking of Calabash, this year’s incarnation of the well-loved international literary festival is increasingly shaping up to be the most spectacular in the event’s decade-plus history. TALLAWAH can confirm that the event, slated for May 25-27 at its breathtaking seaside home of Jake’s in Treasure Beach, St. Bess, will take place under the banner heading ‘Jubilation 2012’.

What’s more, literary and nature enthusiasts are in for a real brawta this year with the addition of an extra night as the country marks its Golden Jubilee.

Sure to be a joyful celebration of 50 years of Jamaican literature, music, food and much more, the three-day and three-night affair will feature presentations from some 30 writers hailing from countries across the globe. Organisers, meanwhile, are hoping to draw an attendance of over 5,000 strong.

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