BARBADIAN NOVELIST AND POET TO SPEAK AT THE 2009 FRANK COLLYMORE LITERARY ENDOWMENT AWARDS
The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment has announced that noted Barbadian novelist and poet, Dr. The Honourable George Lamming, will be the guest speaker at the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Awards Ceremony on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the Grande Salle at 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Lamming, a guest lecturer at Brown University in the United States, is considered one of the great Caribbean writers on the subjects of decolonization and national reconstruction. His topic on the occasion of the FCLE Awards Ceremony will be “The Politics of Reading”.
The author of several works, Dr. Lamming was encouraged to write by his schoolmaster at Combermere, Frank Collymore, for whom this competition is named.
An ambitious and productive writer, Dr. Lamming is probably best remembered for his seminal publication “In the Castle of My Skin”, an autobiographical novel that captures the Barbadian psyche during the period of colonization.
Interim Chairman of the Endowment, Antonio “Boo” Rudder said the Committee was honoured that this internationally-acclaimed Barbadian novelist had accepted the invitation to share his literary genius with young Barbadian writers. According to Rudder, Lamming continues to be an influential voice in Caribbean literature and writers and lovers of the literary arts should make every effort to hear him on January 9.
Rudder also announced that at the Ceremony at the Grande Salle of the Tom Adams Financial Centre, four writers will be rewarded for their efforts.
The Frank Collymore Literary Endowment was established by the Central Bank of Barbados in 1998 to assist in the promotion of the literary arts.