If you’ve followed this blog, you know that I kinda sorta dream of finding a patron for the Wadadli Pen programme with deep pockets whose commitment and generousity would free me from the fundraising obligations of this project for a while and allow me to do more than the annual Challenge, more in the developmental vein (like writing workshops). So, maybe that’s why this headline (GODDARD’S LONG TERM SUPPORT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE) caught my eye (good going, Goddard). Reading on, the NIFCA literary arts programme in Barbados, kind of felt like a kindred spirit, albeit one that operates from the Cultural Development Literary Arts Desk (do we have one of those here?). Kudos to them, to all their supporters, and to the writers who benefit from their existence. And congratulations on another winning season. We want to be you when we grow up.
Here’s the article:
The accomplishments of the NIFCA Literary Arts Alumni is a testimony to the opportunities created through the programmes, workshops and clinics developed by the NCF’s Cultural Development Literary Arts desk.
Goddard Enterprises Limited’s (GEL’s) investment in NIFCA Literary Arts has positively impacted this discipline over the long term, continuing to bolster the competition, creating a platform on which writers can showcase their skills and propelling many an artists into the spotlight. People like NIFCA Alumna Shakirah Bourne who is doing really well for herself and rising star Aprille Thomas are great examples of the value of the Goddard NIFCA Literary Arts competition.
Shakirah, a NIFCA multi awardee has just won a number of awards at the Barbados Visual Media Festival for the film Payday, recently published her own book ‘In Time of Need’, as well as co-edited Senseisha: Memoirs of the Caribbean Woman. Last month her literary work was showcased at the second edition of the International Literature Festival – Read My World in Amsterdam alongside another well-known Spoken Word artist Adrian Green.
Aprille Thomas who is also doing extremely well is the Prime Minister’s Scholarship awardee from 2013, but postponed that acceptance to complete her Masters. Now with this scholarship award, she will be pursuing a second post graduate degree in the creative disciplines. This not yet 25 year old qualifies as an intermediate and has been amassing these awards and achievements in that category.
Most of the results are already in and the Cultural Officer for Literary Arts, Mrs. Ayesha Gibson-Gill announced that of the approximately 50 entries in Adult Prose including unpublished manuscripts, short stories and essays – 1 gold, 2 silvers and 14 bronzes were awarded. The Gold medalist in this category was awarded the George Lamming Award for Prose – Fiction.