Dominica will host its 6th Annual Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair this year.
Chairman of the festival Dr. Alwin Bully announced that the event is carded to take place from the 09th to the 11th of August 2013.
Dr. Bully indicated that since its inception a few years ago the festival has triggered a domino effect of literary groups and activities such as “lyrics under the stars” and spelling competitions.
He said that the festival has also brought about awareness among locals about national and regional writers.
The chairman said this year will be no different. The festival will join forces with the emancipation celebrations to commemorate the life Of Aime Cesaire, a francophone poet of Martinique noted for setting of the Caribbean Black Movement (Negritude).
The celebration of Cesaire’s works will be the major highlight of the festival this year.
Other highlights include a pre-festival kick-off on Thursday evening, with the launching of two books at ‘Word Sound & Power’ at the Anchorage hotel.
The official opening of the festival will take place on Friday evening at the UWI Open Campus from 7:00 pm. There will be scenes from the play ‘A Tempest’, poetry readings highlighting Cesaire’s work and guest performances.
On Saturday, the public is invited to a series of morning workshops to cover a wide range of aspects of a literary career.
These include ‘the art of ex tempo calypso’ or impromptu calypso, publishing, performing and non-fiction writing.
Dr. Bully said these workshops will be facilitated by a team of local, regional and international guest writers.
Saturday afternoon will be packed with a string of presentations and open mike performances.
From Sunday afternoon the festival will break to a new venue with an agenda of guest presentations in store, with hopes of attracting a larger audience.
“This year we are taking the festival to the beach so on Sunday afternoon, we’re going to Mero beach and there will be the final session of the festival starting from 4 o’clock in the afternoon.”
The literary festival will close on Sunday with its ‘Mero Lyme’ after party, which promises a bonfire, hot food and cool music.
Dr. Bully announced gratefully that the festival is able to keep its promise of presenting its activities at no cost to the public, thanks to its sponsors.
He sees this gesture as necessary for incorporating the average man into the festival.
“It’s very important because we don’t want people to think that the Literary festival is only for people who are interested in books or who are academically inclined. No, the festival is open to everybody and it is very relaxed... you can come in your shorts and slippers”
In this way, he says, the festival is designed not just to teach, but to entertain.