Saturday, 24 November 2012

CULTURE BEAT: Carolyn Cooper to give Edward Baugh Lecture + New book chronicles Redbones at 15

WELL DONE: This past Wednesday, restaurateur Evon Williams hosted a well-supported launch of the new coffee-table volume Redbones 15, in honour of the renowned eatery, which first opened its doors back in December 1996. Featuring contributions from Jacqueline Hussey, Mel Cooke and Dr. Carolyn Cooper, the book is a gorgeous chronicle of the establishment’s unwavering support of the city’s cultural landscape, particularly the areas of cuisine, literature and live music. The launch saw glowing tributes by the likes of Restaurant Week’s Stephanie Scott and historian/curator Herbie Miller, and performances from, among others, Tessanne Chin (above), Michael Sean Harris and Seretse Small. Copies of Redbones 15 are available for purchase at the restaurant’s Argyle Road location. 

HIGHER LEARNING: On Thursday, Nov. 29, Prof. Carolyn Cooper will deliver the Sixth Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture at UWI Mona’s Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, commencing at 6:00 pm. She will speak on the topic “Islands Beyond Envy: Finding Our Tongue in the Creole-Anglophone Caribbean”. Hosted annually as an open-to-the-public event, the Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture is put on by the university’s Department of Literatures in English in honour of Prof. Emeritus Edward Baugh, the distinguished academic and poet who has garnered an international reputation as an authority on Anglophone Caribbean poetry in general and on the work of Derek Walcott in particular. Previous speakers in the series include Trinidadian writer Earl Lovelace and Guyanese author/scholar Mark McWatt. As it turns out, Cooper is an outstanding former student of Professor Baugh, and the lecture series is her brainchild.

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