Really sorry I missed this…
As I indicated to someone recently, though I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read their books (because so many books, so little time), I am impressed with what this collective is doing to stir things up literarily in Antigua. They have participated in developmental showcases like Wadadli Pen and Expressions, and are rippling the water in their own ways – beyond these publications, activities like the Ink Project which they described as “an artistic explosion of young talent… (a) Live Art exhibition (providing) opportunities to the present and next generations in showcasing their talent in areas of Drawing, Painting and Literary art.” Find them online here.
Thanks to the Best of Books bookstore for these pictures from their launch and this breakdown of the highlights (with special thanks to Glen Toussaint):
“Spillingink launched Ashes: The Continuum. This is the Sequel to Ashes: A Broken Inception – their first publication, also launched last year at Best of Books. The launch was held here on Wednesday 9th November 2016 amidst paintings produced from an art event the group hosted in 2015. Zahra Airall hosted the launch seducing and tempting the audience with juicy excerpts from the book, which, like its prequel, wove its tale through Poetry and Prose. The floor was then opened up to the audience who were able to ask questions covering the entire production process. Some questions were hilarious while others sought to wring as much information of the production process as possible. There was also a brief moment when the audience was asked to interpret a piece of art that was being done on the spot by a young female artist who worked as Zahra read. Spillingink then posed a question to the audience:
‘When did you first know you were a poet/artist/musician?’
-eliciting answers here and there. Some were amusing, some relatable. At that point, the audience discovered they were the set up for a live, seemingly spontaneous performance. In true Spillingink fashion, the poetry of Olsfred began seamlessly disguised as part of the conversation with the audience. He was promptly ‘interrupted’ when colleague Mikhail, who up until then was absent, burst through the doors of the bookstore completing Olsfred’s sentence, seamlessly flowing into his verse and setting up Gloreen who in turn flowed into her verse and set up for Olsfred to conclude – ‘since he was so rudely interrupted’. It was brilliant. The night wrapped with thanks and acknowledgments followed by book signings and purchases. Both titles are available at Best of Books for EC$20.”
Congrats, Gloreen and Olsfred (a Wadadli Pen 2015 finalist, by the way) – pictured, and Mikhail; keep spilling that ink.
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