Dominica is preparing to stage its third annual Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair scheduled for August 6 – 8 at the UWI Open Campus, Roseau.
The 3-day event comprises of prose and poetry readings, storytelling, music, film, interviews, a book fair featuring mini book stores and literary workshops for adults and children.
Jamaican writer and poet, Kei Miller and Ian Randle, the founder of Jamaica-based Ian Randle Publishers Ltd are among the literary luminaries who are expected to be featured at this year’s festival.
Ian Randle Publishers was the first trade publisher in the English-speaking Caribbean to produce scholarly and academic books and today remains the leader in the field with bestselling books in history, gender studies, politics, sociology and a wide range of issues on the contemporary Caribbean.
Kei Miller’s books include the poetry collection There Is an Anger That Moves and his short-story colection The Fear of Stones which was shortlisted in 2007 for a Commonwealth Writer’s Prize in the category of Best First Book. He and Randle are expected to conduct workshops on creative writing and publishing for interested persons during the festival.
Literary fans will also get to meet writers from Dominica, including Gabriel Christian and Justice Irving Andre, and several other authors, poets and performers from around the region. Those with an interest in e-reading technology are in for a treat. One of the highlights of the festival will be the showcasing of the Amazon Kindle and the Apple iPad.
Organizers of the festival are reportedly also making arrangements to have world-famous Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie attend the event.
The festival will also host a Children’s Workshop on August 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Alliance Francaise on Elmshall Road.
The full program of activities for the event will be officially released this week. Since being launched in 2008 the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair has attracted some of the world’s leading writers, poets and movie producers. They include Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Jamaican author and founder of the Calabash International Literary Festival, Colin Channer, Hollywood producer Rudy Langlais and ‘Unburnable’ author Marie-Elena John, Earl Lovelace of Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucian poet and founder of the Word Alive International Literary Festival in St Lucia, Adrian Augier, Marie-Elena John of Antigua, Janete Scobie of Dominica, Ghanaian-Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes and many more.
For more information, check out the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair Facebook page