Wednesday, 25 November 2015

CULTURE VULTURE: Lignum Vitae awardees, Mission Catwalk stars, plus Don Wehby and Patrick Hylton

> A tale of two kings: Patrick Hylton and Don Wehby
When the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) hosts its 2015 Golden Gala Banquet next month, under the distinguished patronage of Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, one of the night’s highlights will be the presentation of the Distinguished Member Award to Don Wehby. The GraceKennedy CEO will be honoured for outstanding contributions to the accounting profession. The ceremony is set for December 3 at the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston. Meanwhile, NCB’s Patrick Hylton has been appointed Chairman of the Mona School of Business and Management at UWI’s Mona Campus. Hylton, the Group Managing Director of NCB Jamaica since 2004, is a member of the National Order of Distinction (Commander Class) and a past president of the Jamaica Bankers Association.

> Women writers dominate Lignum Vitae Literary Awards
The brainchild of the Jamaica Writers Society (JaWS), in partnership with the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (Jamcopy), the Lignum Vitae Literary Awards made a welcome return to the local culture calendar, with an awards presentation honouring the most outstanding entrants from the 2015 crop of nominees – a batch of 43. The awards were split into three categories: the Una Marson Award (carrying a $500,000 purse), which went to Donna Hemans for her novel Tea by the Sea; the Vic Reid Award (valued at $250,000), won by Diana MaCaulay for her short story “Gone to Drift”; and the Jean DaCosta Award (also valued at $250,000), which went to Jennifer Morrison for her inspiring effort A Better Me, A Better You.

> Triple threat: Mission Catwalk Season 5 finalists joining forces?
What’s next for the designers who ruled the roost on the just-concluded season of the fashion reality series Mission Catwalk? As it turns out, the boys have been considering the possibility of pooling resources to do a 2016 fashion week, with a few of their friends brought into the mix. “The rest of the guys and I were talking about doing a fashion week hopefully next year, but we haven’t yet worked out the details. For now it’s just an idea we think would be cool to bring to reality,” Season 5 winner David Rolle (left) recently told TALLAWAH at Devon House. “We are like a family now, and I think Mission Catwalk will be bringing us together a lot in the future.”

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