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BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat’s former coordinator of HIV/AIDS Anjella Skerritt has published her first book Free to Be Sexually Safe: Empowered to Be Aware and Take Action at All Ages.
The book, published on the iUniverse platform, provides tools to have the tough conversations about sex that many still find it hard to have with themselves and others. Continue reading
The last time I stood in a forum like this, less than one year ago, it was to present a review of Professor Fergus’ book of poems entitled “Behind God Back”. Once again, Sir Howard has demonstrated his commitment to the historical and literary record of Montserrat, its people, and the Montserratian worldview, by donating to us the product of his prolific and creative mind, in his own distinctive and disciplined literary style.
Obama and Other Poems is a varied and witty collection of poems: thought-provoking straight-talk which is muscular in metaphor and innuendo, powerful in its precise, apt and bold use of colourful imagery and word painting, and liberally flavoured with humour, reflection, challenge, and pathos. Continue reading
BRADES, Montserrat – Writers and screenwriters will explore the journey From Script to Screen at the fourth edition of the Alliouagana Festival of the Word (AFW) this December on Montserrat. The AFW in collaboration with HAMA Productions of Antigua & Barbuda will be hosting a film festival and workshops at the Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay on December 8 and 9, 2012.
The Alliouagana Festival of the Word is joining forces with the Montserrat Festival Committee in celebrating the 50th Cultural Festival here. AFW has moved its activities from the customary mid-November period to capture and entertain Montserratians returning early for the Christmas celebrations and to heighten awareness of the Alliouagana Festival of the Word in the Diaspora. Continue reading
BRADES, Montserrat – Montserrat’s foremost author and historian Sir Howard Fergus takes a look at the island’s most enduring cultural festival in his new book ‘Festival at Fifty’.
The book launch for the new 145-page project is scheduled for Wednesday 29 August at the Montserrat National Trust in collaboration with the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies. Continue reading
BRADES, Montserrat – The second Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell Memorial Lecture Series will be held this Thursday as a precursor to the Alliouagana Festival of the Word which starts Friday, November 11 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
Creative Industries: Forces for Change, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is this year’s theme for the symposium which brings together scholars and authors for discussions surrounding the life of the former Soca King of the World who passed away in 2010. Continue reading
BRADES, Montserrat – Poem’s From Behind God Back, the new collection by Professor Sir Howard Fergus will be launched this Friday on Day one of the third annual Alliouagana Festival of the Word.
Fergus’ book is one of two which will make its debut during the literary festival which brings together authors, entertainers, playwrights, book lovers and would-be writers for three days of workshops, lectures and entertainment.
The second book to be released on the opening night is The Ill Concepts of the Caribbean Woman by UK-based Jo-Anna Richards. In her debut release which is part novel part self-help guide, Richards explores through the eyes of several women the issues that many struggle with worldwide of violence, deception, self-hatred and the search for love. Continue reading
BRADES, Montserrat – Island of Fire, a collection of photographs featuring Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills Volcano was released here on Friday, October 14, 2011 by the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO).
Director Dr. Paul Cole said the 66 spectacular images of Soufriere were all taken by staff and colleagues of the observatory and includes extended captions written by the scientists.
The book is jointly published by the MVO and the University of the West Indies, copies of which were presented to each of the local primary schools during Friday’s launch.
Described as “more than a ‘coffee-table book’” by Dr. John Pallister of the United States Geological Service (USGS), “Island of Fire is a compilation of spectacular full-page photographs and captions detailing volcanic activity, scientific work, and the devastating effects of the volcano over the past 15 years.” Continue reading
By Cathy Buffonge
For the last two years the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies in Montserrat has mounted an absolutely outstanding Literary Festival, named the Alliouagana Festival of the Word. Now the third Festival is in an advanced state of planning for November, and promises to be just as great, with the theme ‘Words and Music: Bonds and Bridges’.
Following the pattern of the last two years there will be a pre-festival event on the Thursday evening (November 10) featuring a symposium on the theme ‘Creative and Cultural Industries: Implications for Developing Economies’, with a feature address by Dr Keith Nurse of the Cave Hill Campus, followed by an exhibition and entertainment. This will be the second in the ‘Arrow’ Memorial Lecture series.
The Festival proper starts on the Friday evening (November 11) with a reception and grand opening, followed by the launch of two books, ‘Poems from Behind God’s Back’ by distinguished local poet and historian Professor Sir Howard Fergus, and ‘The Ill Concepts of the Caribbean Woman’ by new Montserratian author Jo-Annah Richards. The winners of the annual Creative Writing competition will also be announced and presentations made. The later evening will feature music by successful soca musician ‘Scrappy’ Johnson. Continue reading
SWEENEY’S, Montserrat – An interesting slate of presenters is lined up for the 3rd annual Alliouagana Festival of the Word.
That’s according to a press release from the University of the West Indies Open Campus. Continue reading
LONDON, England – What is your perception of a Caribbean woman? What are the stereotypes, images and opinions that come to mind? The Ill Concepts of The Caribbean Woman openly speaks about the taboos of Caribbean women that usually go unmentioned. These issues are so unspoken that many women have become isolated and consequently lose themselves.
The Ill Concepts of the Caribbean Woman is eleven chapters of entwining social stigmas that affect Caribbean women such as abortion and domestic violence, displayed through different women.
Tiffany is sixteen and pregnant and does not know what to do or who to confide in, as abortion is not an option. To make matters worse her older sister stumbles on her positive pregnancy result. Tiffany’s life is spiralling out of control but she is soon surprised by what she discovers about her sister. Continue reading