A Bibliography of St. Lucian Creative Writing – Prose, Poetry, Drama, 1948 – 2013 will soon be available. It is compiled and edited by John Robert Lee, St. Lucian writer and librarian, with assistance from librarian Anna Weekes.
It is published by Mahanaim Publishing in association with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), which will be publishing an ebook version of the bibliography.
This reference work will be an invaluable tool for those researching St. Lucian literature, for anyone interested in identifying works of St. Lucian literature, and for writers who want to better understand the larger literary tradition and historical context of which they are a part.
While much has been written about Nobel laureate Derek Walcott abroad, this bibliography covers his writings in local papers, and reports by local newspapers and magazines of his activities here at home.
The book lists published and unpublished books by St. Lucians writing prose (fiction and non-fiction), poetry and drama. A substantial section lists reviews and articles on St. Lucian literature and other arts by both St. Lucian and non-St. Lucians. One section provides a listing of background readings in culture, language, history etc which throw light on the literature.
Lee began this work in the mid eighties and was commissioned by the CDF last year to complete this important historical reference book. In 2006, the CDF had published ‘Saint Lucian Literature and Theatre: an anthology of reviews’, compiled and edited by Lee and fellow St. Lucian writer, Kendel Hippolyte.
The book will be launched at the ACLALS Conference to be held in St. Lucia next week, August 5-9, at the Sandals Grande Hotel.
Librarians are encouraged to purchase copies for the reference sections of their libraries.
The cover of the Bibliography features the art work of St. Lucian painter Kenneth ‘Scotty’ Lawrence.