I heard recently from Dr. Kim Dismont Robinson, folk life officer with the Ministry of Social Development and Sports Department of Community and Cultural Affairs in Bermuda. I participated with her in a 2016 editing workshop in Guyana and remember being impressed in our chats with some of the programmes they have there – by the by, they’ve also been working on a cultural policy which she reports presenting on recently at CARIFESTA (of interest to me, because of our own moves in that direction here in Antigua and Barbuda). The news I want to share though, that she passed on is the recent launch of The Stories We Tell: Bermuda Anthology of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, edited by Grenadian sci-fi author Tobias Buckell. He was Bermuda’s writer-in-residence in 2014 and some of the stories in the collection came out of his workshops in Bermuda (this is a great model for how to develop the literary arts in a country). Participants also benefited from skyped sessions with Barbadian sci-fi author Karen Lord (who, by the way, edited the recent Caribbean collection New Worlds, Old Ways).
The cover image for The Stories We Tell is by Bermudian artist Graham Foster, a number of Bermudian artists are also included in this collection.
Other announcements concerned their new writer-in-residence cycle (with a focus on screenwriting) and the launch of The Art of Traditional Crafts and Play in Bermuda.
Good going, Bermuda.
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