Road to the Olympics

You might be wondering what a literary site has to do with the biggest sporting event in the known universe. Hm, you must not have heard of the cultural olympiad known as the Poetry Parnassus.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Linisa George will be representing. She is one half of August Rush, the literary and theatrical partnership that has yielded the Young Poets Society of Antigua and Barbuda, Expressions Poetry in the Pub, and, as part of the Women of Antigua, annual stagings of either the Vagina Monologues and/or When a Woman Moans, the latter drawing on the talents of Antiguan and Barbudan writers. She (as part of August Rush) recently helped me pull off the launch of my new book Oh Gad! That’s her in red, below:

She hustles hard for the literary arts and we couldn’t hope for a better cultural ambassador to this event.

This is Linisa’s open letter re her upcoming London engagement:

March 19th, 2012

To whom it may concern;

I have recently been selected by London’s Southbank Centre to represent Antigua at Poetry Parnassus, an event which forms a major part of Festival of the World. Poetry Parnassus will be an unprecedented gathering of poets invited from the 204 competing Olympic nations to take part in a week-long festival of readings, workshops and a host of other events at Southbank Centre from June 26th to July 2nd 2012. Southbank Centre’s is the world’s most inspiring centre for the arts. Its heritage is rooted in the 1951 Festival of Britain, widely acknowledged to be one of the most democratic gestures of the last century. Today, Southbank Centre is the largest single-run arts centre in the world. They offer a world-class artistic programme featuring dance, performance, literature, music, visual arts and contemporary culture. The centre also host four resident orchestras and run a thriving Artist in Residence programme.

I welcome this opportunity to attend Poetry Paranassus as I intend to share my talent and optimize on my interaction with the large network of writers/poets. My participation at Poetry Parnassus will offer me the unique opportunity to exchange ideas which will lead to a greater cultural awareness and understanding in a celebration of Olympic and Paralympic values, while providing me with a platform to share the culture and beauty of Antigua & Barbuda.

At present the Southbank Centre’s poetry library has no published poetry from Antiguan & Barbudan authors, something that with your help can be corrected. As part of my trip’s activities, I would like to make a presentation of published poetry from Antiguan & Barbudan writers to the Southbank Centre’s poetry library.

If you or someone in your network might be interested in donating their published poetry or that of other Antiguans and Barbudan writers, please feel free to contact me at the numbers and email addresses provided. Poetry will be accepted in any format; books, pamphlets, audio cassette, CD, video and DVD. At least two copies of each item must be delivered to me no later than Friday 8th June, as I will be leaving for London on Saturday 16th June; the Saison Poetry Library requires two copies of each book and audio title, one for reference and one for loan.

I’ve attached a document that will provide more detail on About The Southbank Centre London in addition to Poetry Parnassus, as well as a printable copy of Poetry Parnassus Initiative. You can also find more information on the Southbank Centre website at http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk and information on the poetry library on the Saison Poetry Library website http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk.

Poetry Parnassus presents itself as a once in a lifetime event that will aid in furthering the arts in and outside Antigua & Barbuda, as such I hope to receive an overwhelming response to this initiative.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Regards,

Linisa S W George

To follow up, contact her at blackgirlinthering@gmail.com

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