Category Archives: Montserat 2011

Alliouagana Festival of the Word

Talking Health

Cathy Boffonge, the presenter of Talking Health on ZJB Radio Montserrat, attended my workshop and asked if I’d be kind enough to record an interview for her programme. She felt the issues covered in the workshop deserved to be heard … Continue reading

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Island Tour

Five of us were taken on a tour of the island by Cecil, a most delightful tour guide. His experience of growing up on the island, of living through the volcano eruptions, of providing shelter to the refugees from the … Continue reading

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Obeah in Old Story Time

Sunday evening’s event should have been a play, but due to lack of funds to bring all the players, two were selected to act out certain scenes while David Edgecombe narrated the rest. He was brilliant at setting the play … Continue reading

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Can you fix my child?

30 participant turned up for my workshop on parenting on Sunday, lured in part by the possibility that their child can be ‘fixed’. It was the biggest workshop attendance of the festival with parents from all walks of life, including … Continue reading

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Lost in a masquerade

We arrived at the centre for the Book Lovers’ Parade to the throbbing beats of the Masquerade band, pounding us to the bones, rhythms running wild over our bodies. They performed in their own right as well as accompanying the … Continue reading

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Book Lovers’ Parade

After the laughter of Saturday night, Sunday was a feast for the eyes. It was the Book Lovers’ Parade. Children of all shapes and sizes dressed as their favourite characters from thier favourite books. There were Little Mermaids, Rapunzels, Fairy … Continue reading

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Laughter, the best medicine

The afternoon session was lead by Jamaican born Olive Senior, who showed us how to vary the way we write our poetry, and also read from her new novel. The evening entertainment for Saturday night was Ricardo Keynes-Douglas (yes brother … Continue reading

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Leaving Montserrat

I leave Montserat today to go back to Barbados. The last few days were a blur. After the opening on Friday night, the festival went into full swing on Saturday. It started with Ian Thompson’s workshop on writing about other … Continue reading

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The Festivities begins

Last night (Friday) the festival opened with a coctail reception at the Govenor’s house. About fifty people networking and enjoying a few drinks at the Govenor’s hospitality. It was a lovely house, with a pool overlooking the sea. The Appleton … Continue reading

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Arrow’s night

The pre-festival symposium last night was very well attended. The six speakers focused on the importance of harnessing our creative talents and using them to create our wealth. Our education system must change to facilitate this, both in structure and … Continue reading

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