Well-known Caribbean novelist to address Frank Collymore Literary Endowment

Created 02 Jan, 2009
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The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment today announced that Caribbean poet, novelist and sugar industry advocate, Ian McDonald, will be the guest lecturer at its 11th awards ceremony scheduled for the Grande Salle, Tom Adams Financial Centre on Saturday, January 10, 2009.

Ian McDonald, who was recently awarded a richly deserved Honorary Doctorate by the University of the West Indies, is respected for his illustrations of humanity in his writings.

The author of several volumes of poetry, he is best known for his novel The Hummingbird Tree. First Published in 1969, the book won the Society of Literature Prize for best regional novel, and is widely used as a textbook across the region. McDonald started writing in the 1950s, being published in journals such as Bim, New World Quarterly and Kyk-over-Al, of which he eventually became editor. In later years, he was a prolific contributor to regional newspapers, including the Barbados-based Nation newspaper.

FCLE Chairman Andy Taitt said that the Endowment was honoured to have McDonald to speak. He represents a bridge between the generation of Caribbean writers in English supported by Frank Collymore through Bim magazine and the many young writers today who are having to create their individual paths. McDonald also has the distinction of having worked closely with A. J. Seymour who, like Collymore, served as a rallying point for writing. 

The Endowment encourages all writers and lovers of the literary arts to be in attendance. 

The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment was established by the Central Bank of Barbados in 1998 to assist in the promotion of the literary arts.


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