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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Writers Forum will this evening, host another Laureate’s Chair at the Central Library. The event will feature local actor, playwright, poet & cultural critic, Travis Weekes.
The Laureate’s Chair, which was conceptualized by the Past President of the Saint Lucia Writers Forum, Kensley Charlemagne, is an event which honours the work of Saint Lucia’s Poet Laureate, Sir Derek Walcott. Every month, a local writer is featured, who speaks on Walcott and how he has inspired their journey as a writer. The featured guest also shares with the audience, his favourite Walcott piece.
The event is also aimed at emerging writers and provides them with the opportunity to connect with seasoned and celebrated local authors. The Laureate’s Chair has seen the likes of Kendel Hippolyte, Adrian Augier and most recently, award winning poet, George Goddard.
Currently a Lecturer in Caribbean Studies and Theatre Arts at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Travis Weekes focuses on the impact of Creole traditions and discourse on the theatre of Nobel Prize winning playwright Derek Walcott and other Caribbean dramatists. He uses this research to develop innovative, dramaturgical approaches to his own theatre practice. As a poet, he also works for a balance between the performance traditions of Caribbean poetry and the formal aspects of the conventional English forms.
Weekes has won several awards for his work as a poet, playwright and director. He scripted and directed ‘Jazz Country’ which was highly acclaimed when it was performed by ‘Youth On Fire’ at Carifesta 2013, in Suriname. His most recent play ‘The Field of Power’ was performed as part of the celebrations for to mark Nobel Laureate Week in 2015.
Weekes has published two books. A collection of poetry entitled, ‘Let There Be Jazz’ and most recently, in 2015, ‘Bodies. Memories and Spirits: Discourse on Selected Cultural Forms and Practices of Saint Lucia.’
The event starts at 7pm, limited seating is available and light refreshments will also be served.
The Saint Lucia Writers Forum has been in existence for almost 18 years and serves as a nourishing ground for writers at any level. The Forum seeks to better its members and by creating opportunities for growth and development. It also encourages members to share their literary pieces and provides constructive criticism. The Forum meets every Tuesday from 6:00pm at the Central Library, membership is free.