The Michael Anthony/Mayaro Literary Festival is on this weekend.
Mayaro residents have committed to reading prose and poetry and performing dance, drums, and songs and Anthony will be exhibiting his titles which will be available for sale. He will also be available to sign autographs and meet with members of the public.
Local authors will have the opportunity to have one on one consultations with representatives from two U.S-based publishers and a literary agency during the two days of the Festival.
According to President of the Writers Union of Trinidad and Tobago Cecly Ann Mitchell, a reading competition for primary school students is planned for Saturday at about 10 a.m.
"We are hoping that on Saturday primary and secondary school students will take the opportunity to visit and listen in on the forums. The students and teachers of the San Fernando East Secondary school will read and perform excerpts from Green Days By the River" she said.
Secondary school students who wish to participate in the Creative Writing workshops can do so, free of charge. There is however
a $ 120 cost to members of the public who are not members of Writers Union of Trinidad and Tobago. Registration is required and persons interested in participating in the Advance Creative Writing workshops are asked to email their particulars (name,address,contact numbers and sample of your work) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Admission is free to the Book Fair exhibit, Panel discussions and Cultural programmes.
On Sunday UTT and NALIS will combine to perform an excerpt of 'King of the Masquerade'. This performance will usher in the official launch of "The LampLighter" which begins at 4p.m.
Foodies have not been forgotten. There is a specially arranged panel discussion on the 'Foods of Mayaro' with specific emphasis on the preparation of 'chip-chip' and other indigenous Mayaro delicacies.
The Festival ground will be filled with traditional Carnival characters throughout the duration of the two day event.
Return transportation will be provided free of charge on a first come, first served basis to persons interested in getting to the venue.
The boarding locations and departure times are:
NALIS Port of Spain: 7a.m and 9 a.m
NALIS Arima: 9a.m and 11 a.m
King's Wharf San Fernando: 7 a.m and 9 a.m