Tuesday, 13 October 2015

COFFEE TALK: Pauline Stone-Myrie remembers Winkler + Saluting the late Clive Dobson + 2015’s Nobel Lit Prize winner

THE BEST OF HIM: For Pauline Stone-Myrie, Anthony Winkler was as “vibrant and colourful” as his well-drawn characters that leap off the page. The veteran stage and screen actress was reflecting on the late great Jamaican author’s life and legacy during a Love FM interview recently. “Once you have read any of his works, you’ll want to read more,” said Stone-Myrie, who co-starred in the film adaptation of The Lunatic, opposite a cast headed by Paul Campbell, alongside Carl Bradshaw, Reggie Carter, Linda Gambrill and Rosie Murray. Stone-Myrie seemed to find great humour in fond memories like the film being directed by “a rock musician” of all people, and the tongue-in-cheek wit that characterized Winkler’s approach to his craft – writing consistently steeped in island lore and the uniqueness of Jamaican life. “He seemed interested in many different themes, but at the heart of his work is an appreciation for the way we live,” she noted. Winkler, the author of such West Indian classics as The Painted Canoe and Going Home to Teach, died at his Atlanta home in the United States last month. He was 73.

LITERARY GOLD: For the 14th time in the history of the awards, a woman has claimed the Nobel Prize for Literature. The 2015 recipient is Svetlana Alexievich, a 67-year-old Belarussian journalist and author, whose books have been published in more than 15 countries (five translated into English) and who has written plays and screenplays for 21 documentaries. In paying tribute to Alexievich, the Nobel committee praised the author’s “polyphonic style” and a distinctive voice that merges the literary and the journalistic. Alexievich studied journalism in her native Belarus. Both her parents were teachers.

TRUE ORIGINAL: The Jamaican trade union movement lost one of its most devoted fighters in modern history with the passing of Clive Dobson. The National Workers’ Union (NWU) stalwart died at his home in St. James last Sunday. According to reports, he had been ailing for some time. In tribute to his departed colleague, the NWU’s Granville Valentine hailed Dobson as “an invaluable contributor to the trade union movement who can never be replaced.” PM Portia Simpson Miller called Dobson “a staunch and formidable advocate.”

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