Caribbean writers George Lamming and Lasana M. Sekou will be guest writers of the Nature Island Literary Festival & Book Fair which opens in Dominica Friday evening.
The Barbadian born, 85 year old Lamming is a world renowned, award winning novelist and poet.
Professor Lamming, who’s been described as an eminent father of Caribbean literature, will deliver the keynote address at the Nature Island’s Festival’s fifth anniversary.
Lasana M. Sekou is a poet, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and publisher from the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
Sekou will conduct a workshop on Saturday,on “How to Get Published” with co-facilitator Dominican, Dr. Irving Andre.
According to Alwin Bully, a principal of the book fair organization, Lamming and Sekou will read from their works at the UWI Open Campus, the main book fair venue.
Among the some 20 guest participants slated for the Nature Island lit fest are novelists, historians, poets, researchers, publishers, bloggers, and spoken word artists such as Elizabeth Nunez, Lennox Honychurch, Schuyler Esprit, Mervyn Morris, Polly Pattullo, Reseau Poetique Guadeloupe, Jane Ulysses Grell, Adrian Green, Mary Walters, and Roger Bonair-Agard.
In addition to literary readings and workshops, there will be discussions, open mic sessions, films, book exhibitions and exchanges, folk music performances, and arts and crafts displays.
Entrance to all Literary Festival and book fair events are free to the general public.