Written by George Grant on October 19, 2011
AUTHOR WANTS MORE ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOUNG WRITERS
St. George’s, October 18, 2011 (GIS) United Kingdom-based Grenadian author, Jacob Ross, wants to see greater development of budding writers in Grenada. He believes one way to achieve this is to utilize the country’s professional authors who are willing to return home and work with young writers “to give them a sense of encouragement
Ross, A former student of the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS) and the University of Grenoble in France, made his comments Tuesday evening at the opening ceremony for the 2011 Aunty Tek Spice Word Festival.
Scores of writers and other cultural artistes, including performers from the St. George’s Anglican Senior School and the Presentation Brothers’ College, attended the ceremony at Bourne Lecture Hall, St. George’s University.
Among the special guests were Prime Minister Tillman Thomas; Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture Minister, Peter David, and the Minister of State in the Ministry, Senator Arley Gill; and Venezuelan Ambassador to Grenada, His Excellency Carlos Perez.
The festival is organized by the Department of Culture in conjunction with the Grenada Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Education.
According to Sen. Gill, Spice Word is an attempt at motivating Grenadians to both write and read more.
Ross, author of a collection of short stories titled, “A Way to Catch the Dust,’’ as well as a highly acclaimed novel, “Pynter Bender,’’ commended the organizers of the Aunty Tek Spice Word Festival for the “vision and foresight’’ in staging the event.
I think we’re on to something,’’ said Ross, who said he felt “very honoured’’ to be chosen as one of this year’s “featured authors’’ for the festival. He thanked several people whom he said had helped shape his life and encourage him. They included the late former GBSS principal, H.D. Baptiste; former GBSS French teacher and one-time principal of the Anglican High School, Gemmi Mason-Francis; and head of the Public service Commission and cultural aficionado, Gloria Payne-Banfield.
The festival’s other “featured authors; are former Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon; and author Verna Wilkins, who is also founder of the publishing company, Tamarind Books.
As part of Tuesday’s ceremony, a presentation was made to retired educator, Christine Clarkson, by Prime Minister Thomas. It was for contributing more than 30 years of her life to theatre and the dramatic arts in Grenada.
The Spice Word Festival continues until Sunday, October 23. The schedule for the rest of the week includes:
• Wednesday, October 19, 4.30 PM, Marryshow House Theatre: Creative Writing Workshop with Jacob Ross
Thursday, October 20, 4.30 PM, Marryshow House Theatre: Short Story Writing Workshop with Verna Wilkins
Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Friday, October 21, 12 noon – 2 PM: Book Fair & Reading at the Esplanade Mall
• Friday, October 21: Bonfire & Storytelling at Bathway, St. Patrick
Saturday, October 22: Children’s Book Fair & Extravaganza at the Botanical Gardens, St. George’s
Saturday, October 22: Poetry Slam in La Tante, St. David<‘r> Sunday, October 23, 7 PM: Grand Closing Concert at Spice Basket, St. George’s.