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Celebrating Caribbean Women Writers (and George Lamming)


I love this day. It was back in 2008 in Barbados where book lovers gathered to hear readings from a cross section of Caribbean women writers at the re-launch of that venerable Caribbean literary journal, BIM. I (that’s me fourth from right) got so caught up in the presentations I think I forgot to be nervous about reading…way down the line. I mean just check the line up; it included:

Dr. Carolyn Cooper (far left) one of my favourite professors from my university days – couldn’t believe I was in the same bill with her;

Danielle Boodoo Fortune  (second from left) –  how do I love this young Trini’s poetry, let me count the ways…and to think I discovered said poetry at this event;

Ramabai Espinet (sixth from left) – the Indo-Trinidad-Canadian author of the acclaimed Swinging Bridge;

George Lamming (centre) – one of the Classics, capital C, author of In the Castle of My Skin, the Pleasures of Exile and other renowned Caribbean books;

Curdella Forbes (far right) – the Jamaican author of Songs of Silence and A Permanent Freedom …and my limin’ buddy along with Espinet that night when we went to Oistens to soak up the atmosphere and some of their famed fried fish.

Yeah, a good day.

with Ramabai, Bermudan writer Angela Barry, Danielle, and Curdella

That's Bajan poet Dana Gilkes at the far end of the table

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