COMMUNICATION in the workplace is deteriorating because people do not read as much as they should.
This is according to Cassandra Patrovani-Sylvester, vice president of Human and Corporate Relations of the National Gas Company (NGC).
Patrovani-Sylvester said children and even adults should take more interest in literature.
She was speaking to the Sunday Express yesterday during the NGC Bocas Lit Fest held for the first time in south Trinidad at RIK Services Ltd, Gulf City Mall, San Fernando.
Speaking from her own experience as a child, Patrovani-Sylvester said reading helped people to be more expressive.
She said: “What we are seeing now in the business world is a big miss. Our young children, they are bright yes, they can pass every exam and so on but coming into an organisation, we are not able to communicate and express. We are not able to think and pull things together. They are not able to understand historically and the context of what they have learnt.”
She said: “Literature in particular helps with that.”
Amongst the celebrated authors at the festival was Earl Lovelace.
Lovelace, who had the audience laughing and applauding with readings from his book Salt, said it had been a while since a similar event was held in a bookstore.
He said: “I think it is an indication of our development.”
Several customers who purchased books were delighted to have them signed.
Carmanie Ramkhelawan came from Princes Town.
It was her first time at the event.
She said: “I think this is awesome. Since I started secondary school, I loved literature.”
She said she was pleased the festival was held in South because it was usually difficult for her to attend the North festivities.
Participants were not only treated to readings from the authors, autographs, and refreshments, they were also entertained by the 2 Cents Movement performing spoken word poetry.
After the festival ended at Gulf City Mall, a similar event took place at Nigel R Khan Booksellers, Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas.
Savi Naipaul, the youngest sister of author Sir Vidia Naipaul read from his novels along with Professor Kenneth Ramchand and others.
Today, a workshop will be held at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando.