Noted playwright, artist, teacher and cultural icon Alwin Bully will be awarded the Doctorate of Letters (DLIT) at the University of the West Indies Open Campus graduation ceremony to be held on October 11, 2011 in Antigua.
The Council of the University, at its Annual Business Meeting on Friday, May 6 endorsed the award of Honorary Degrees to twenty-two persons. Among those receiving honorary degrees will be distinguished public servant and Governor General of Saint Lucia, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy who will be awarded the Doctor of Laws (LLD) and Bully.
Bully was born in Dominica and was educated at the Convent Preparatory School, the Dominica Grammar School, the St. Mary’s Academy and The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He taught at his alma mater eventually serving as headmaster. During that time he became deeply involved in the cultural landscape of Dominica which include drama, painting, dance, folk traditions, creative writing and Carnival.
In 1965 he had represented Dominica at the Commonwealth Arts Festival in Britain along with members of the Kairi and Dominica Dance troups. In 1978, with the encouragement of then Minister of Education, H. L. Christian, he established the ‘cultural desk’ in the Ministry of Education that eventually developed into the Cultural Division in the Ministry of Community Development.
In 1987 he left Dominica to work at the regional office of UNESCO in Jamaica, applying his creative skills to the wider Caribbean.
Bully has written many plays and has won many awards in Dominica and in Jamaica.
Recently Bully played the leading role in the film “A fistful of Dirt” which tells the story of three generations of Caribbean men and what happens when each one is faced with the choice of securing his own future or repeating the betrayals of the family past.
The film had its world premiere at the Trinidad and Tobago film Festival last November and has since featured at festivals in New York, L.A., Barbados and Toronto in the Reel World Film Festival where it played to full houses and won the Audience Choice Award.
The film will premiere in Dominica on May 20.
Editor’s note: some material for this story taken from lennoxhoneychurch.com