Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 30th 2015 Contents DISCUSSION
11 am--12 pm: Brave new worlds:
how fantasy can fix reality.
Caribbean speculative fiction
authors Tobias Buckell, RSA
Garcia, Nalo Hopkinson and Karen
Lord explore how fiction about the
fantastic can drive us to imagine
alternative futures; moderated by
Shivanee Ramlochan. At the Old
SCI-FI OPEN MIC
12--12.30 pm: Budding writers of
speculative fiction read. MC'd by
Brandon O'Brien. At Abercromby
The Windham Campbell Prizes
12--1 pm: Michael Kelleher,
administrator of these awards
for international writers based
at Yale University, on what the
Windham Campbell Prizes mean
for Caribbean authors. At the
Library, 1st Floor Seminar Room
12.30--1.45 pm: Walcott as Poet
and Seer (directed by Jean
Antoine-Dunne); The Saddhu of
Couva (directed by Yao Ramesar).
An imaginative adaptation of
Derek Walcott's well-known poem
and a searching documentary on
his work by two filmmakers on
the faculty of UWI, St. Augustine.
At the Library, AV Room.
1--2 pm: Future Friday:
Speculative fiction writers. The
Grenadian-born New York Times
bestselling author Tobias Buckell
(Hurricane Fever) and Trinidadian
RSA Garcia (Lex Talionis) read
from and discuss their sci-fi and
futuristic novels. At the Old Fire
1--2 pm: Translating the past.
Colonised by foreign invaders,
forced to speak a new language,
resisting a predatory ruling class---
is this medieval England, or the
modern Caribbean? Or both? Poet
Patience Agbabi and novelist-
scholar Barbara Lalla discuss how
medieval authors like Chaucer
relate to 21st-century Caribbean
concerns; moderated by Nicholas
Laughlin. At the 1st Floor Seminar
2--3 pm : Future Friday:
Speculative fiction. Nalo
Hopkinson (The New Moon's
Arms) and Karen Lord (The
Galaxy Game) read from their
latest speculative fiction novels.
At the Old Fire Station.
2--3 pm: Blacks, Mulattos, and
the Dominican Nation. Scholar
Silvio Torres-Saillant discusses the
importance of this landmark book
by sociologist Franklin Franco,
exposing the longstanding ethnic
tensions in the Dominican
Republic. At the Library, 1st Floor
2--3.30 pm: Dream on Monkey
Mountain. Filmed for NBC in 1970
by Hugh Robertson. This version
of Derek Walcott's classic play
features the original cast,
including the late Errol Jones and
Stanley Marshall. At the Library,
3--4 pm: Black Sand. Eminent
Jamaican poet and scholar
Edward Baugh reads from his
most recent collection and
discusses his life in Caribbean
letters. At the Old Fire Station.
MUSIC & STORIES
4--5 pm: Afternoon Jam:
Storytelling and music. Catch the
after-work vibe, with music by
Ruth Osman, Kyle Richardson, the
Ernesto Latin Show, and Gerry
Williams of NEW FIRE. At the
Abercromby Street Arcarde.
4--5 pm: From Scotland with love.
Poets Aonghas MacNeacail and
Gerda Stevenson bring both verse
and tidings from north of the
border. Presented in partnership
with the British Council and
Creative Scotland. At the Old Fire
4--5 pm: Patois: Trinidad's
heritage language. Linguists Jo-
Anne Ferreira and Nnamdi Hodge
pose provocative questions about
the language spoken by many of
our great-grandparents---and its
impact on how we think and
speak today. Chaired by linguist
Lise Winer. At the Library AV
4--5 pm: Island Bodies. Poet and
scholar Rosamond King talks to
Colin Robinson about the
sexualities." At the Library, 1st
Floor Seminar Room.
Burt Award Ceremony
6--7.30 pm: Burt Award for
Caribbean Literature 2015
winners announced. This prize
recognises books written for
young adult readers. At the Old
8 pm: Front and Centre: Roy
Cape & friends. A tribute to T&T's
star musician and the co-author of
his memoir, Jocelyne Guilbault, in
conversation with Alvin Daniell.
Plus drinks, music, and a live
performance by 3Canal. At the Big
Black Box, Murray Street,
YOUNG ADULT FICTION:
10--11 am: Best of CODE's Burt
Awards. Three of the finalists for
CODE's Burt Award for Caribbean
Literature 2015 read from and
discuss their works of young adult
fiction, with Richard Finch. At the
Library, 1st Floor Seminar Room.
10--11 am: Writing in tongues.
Writers from three corners of the
world discuss the problems and
privileges of writing across
language borders, and what gets
lost---or found---in translation.
Featuring Kei Miller, Gustavo
Barrera Calderón, and Aonghas
MacNeacail; chaired by Daniel
Hahn. At the Old Fire Station.
10--11.30 am: Dream on Monkey
Mountain. Filmed for NBC in 1970
by Hugh Robertson. This version of
Derek Walcott's classic play
features the original cast, including
the late Errol Jones and Stanley
Marshall. At the Library, AV Room.
11am --12 pm: Violent times. Fred
D'Aguiar and Monique Roffey read
from Children of Paradise and
House of Ashes, their novels
inspired by violent episodes in the
histories of Guyana and Trinidad
and Tobago. At the Old Fire
11 am--12 pm: Where is soca
going? Scholar Jocelyne Guilbault
talks to music journalists Mark
Lyndersay and Laura Dowrich and
soca producer Kasey Phillips about
the direction and evolution of T&T's
popular musical form; chaired by
Rhoda Reddock. At the Library, 1st
Floor Seminar Room.
SPANISH OPEN MIC
12--12.30 pm: A Spanish-language
open mic. Bring your lyrics, amigos!
With a guest reading by Dr José
Serulle Ramia, Ambassador of the
Dominican Republic, and a feature
performance by Chilean poet
Gustavo Barrera Calderón.
Presented in partnership with the
Secretariat for the Implementation
of Spanish. At the Abercromby
12--1.30 pm: The Rig. Directed by
Derek Walcott. A rare opportunity
to see this feature-length film,
written and directed by the poet-
playwright in 1983. At the Library,
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