I’ve been working on an Antiguan and Barbudan bibliography since 2005, it’s a work in progress on this site; and as regular visitors to the site know, I also have genre-specific lists of Antiguan and Barbudan literary works (allowing users to search for Antiguan and Barbudan fiction, poetry, plays and screenplays, songs, non fiction, journal publications, reviews and more). Similarly, in St. Lucia, they’ve put together a bibliography of local books, but have found support from the Cultural Foundation there to get it published. It’s done by the same person who did the selected bibliography of Caribbean works also posted on this site.
I think it’s great when the creative folks and the institutions meant to support the creative arts can partner like this. Here’s the official release re the St. Lucia project:
Bibliography of St. Lucian Creative writing 1948 – 2013.
A Bibliography of St. Lucian Creative Writing – Prose, Poetry, Drama, 1948 – 2013 is now available. It is compiled and edited by John Robert Lee, St. Lucian writer and librarian, with assistance from librarian Ms. Anna Weekes.
It is published by Mahanaim Publishing in association with the Cultural Development Foundation. The CDF will be publishing an ebook version of the bibliography.
This reference work will be an invaluable tool for those researching St. Lucian literature, for anyone interested in identifying works of St. Lucian literature and for writers who want to better understand the larger literary tradition and historical context of which they are a part.
While much has been written about Nobel laureate Derek Walcott abroad, this bibliography covers his writings in local papers, and reports by local newspapers and magazines of his activities here at home.
The 212 pg. illustrated book lists published and unpublished books by St. Lucians writing prose (fiction and non-fiction), poetry and drama. A substantial section lists reviews and articles on St. Lucian literature and other arts by both St. Lucian and non- St. Lucians. One section provides a listing of background readings in culture, language, history etc which throw light on the literature.
Lee began this work in the mid eighties and was commissioned by the CDF last year to complete this important historical reference book. In 2006, the CDF had published ‘Saint Lucian Literature and Theatre: an anthology of reviews’, compiled and edited by Lee and fellow St. Lucian writer, Kendel Hippolyte. The bibliography becomes a companion volume to this anthology. They will both be indispensable to students, readers and writers of Saint Lucian Literature.
The book was launched at the ACLALS Conference held in St. Lucia August 5-9, at the Sandals Grande Hotel. It is available at local bookstores.
Librarians are encouraged to purchase copies for the Reference Sections of their libraries.
The covers of the Bibliography and the Anthology feature the art work of St. Lucian painter Kenneth ‘Scotty’ Lawrence.