Monday, 4 November 2013

ART OF THE MATTER: UK professor delivers 7th Edward Baugh Lecture + News on Baugh's forthcoming poetry anthology

LONG STORY SHORT: Presenting on the topic of "The Short Space: Re-Thinking Caribbean Fiction," the United Kingdom's Dr. James Procter was the main speaker at this year's 7th Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture, hosted inside the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre at UWI Mona, this past Sunday morning. For Procter, who considers Baugh (pictured above) his all-time favourite author, an understanding of the history of West Indian literature is crucial to appreciating today's creative output. "It has to do with what I consider the phenomenon of "shrinking island, small space," which I think is essential to understanding the Caribbean's history of decolonization." In short, Procter's address, though lacking in clarity on occasion paid sterling tribute to such greats as Samuel Selvon and Earl Lovelace, and didn't skimp on depth and insight while giving us something to think about. Meantime, be on the look out for Procter's new book, Scripting Empire, due out next year. 

WELL VERSED: Sure to also generate plenty of interest among long-time admirers as well as students of Caribbean Literature, Baugh's newest poetry anthology, Black Sand: New and Selected Poems, is scheduled to arrive in bookstores before year's end. Open to the general public, a launch is set to take place on Sunday, December 1, at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre.

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