Thursday, February 22, 2018

UWI to host West Indian literature conference

The University of the West Indies will host the 30th Anniversary Conference on West Indian Literature from October 13-15 at the Learning Resource Centre, UWI, St Augustine.

Titled "I Dream to Change the World: Literature and Social Transformation", the conference will seek to encourage debate and dialogue about the quality of life currently available to citizens of the region.

This year's conference will be opened with a feature address by Dr Erna Brodber, Jamaican novelist, sociologist and activist, known for her novels, Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980), Myal (1989) and Louisiana (1994).

Also speaking at the conference will be Caribbean science fiction and fantasy writer, Nalo Hopkinson, who will read from her work and facilitate a writers workshop. Her books include Brown Girl in the Ring (1998), Midnight Robber (2000) and The Salt Roads (2003).

Other invited guests include Rawle Gibbons (director, playwright and dramatist) and Merle Hodge (novelist and activist) who will deliver the plenary lectures on Thursday and Saturday respectively.