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Festival of the Word in Montserrat

The Caribbean's Emerald Isle welcomes lovers of literature for the annual literary festival, November 12-14

From November 12-14, 2010, literary enthusiasts are invited to attend Montserrat’s second annual literary festival, the Alliouagana Festival of the Word. With the theme Discovering New Worlds Through Words, the three-day event will bring together, acclaimed writers and readers from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and Australia for readings, conversations, lectures, panel discussions and workshops. Confirmed speakers include award-winning poet and author, Kwame Dawes, screenwriter and novelist Eric Jerome Dickey.

Beginning Friday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m., the festivities will start with a grand opening ceremony and a launch of books about Montserrat of yesteryear by Montserratian authors, Dorine O’Garro and David Bradshaw. This will be followed by a Music Explosion with Garvin “Scrappy” Johnson and the Black Rhythm Band, led by Cecil 'Cepeke' Lake. On Saturday, patrons of the word will have the chance to take part in open-mic sessions, writing
workshops, presentations and book signings with authors such as Frané Lessac, Rachel Manley, Mark Greenwood, Howard Fergus, Opal Palmer Adisa and Edgar Nkosi White. At 8 p.m. at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, the audience will be treated to a live dramatic staging of Edgar Nkosi White’s play Count It All Joy.

During the three-day event, visitors will also have the opportunity to view the Soufriere Hills Volcano, explore Montserrat’s slopes and mountainous vistas on the many hiking trails, catch a glimpse of the Montserrat Oriole while bird watching and tour the picturesque tropical landscape of the island. The festival culminates on Sunday, November 14 with more dramatic presentations, readings and workshops. One of the highlight of the evening will be the viewing of the video “My Little Island,” at 5 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. The video, starring LeVar Burton, is based on the children’s book of the same name by author Frané Lessac and portrays life on the island of Montserrat.

For details on Montserrat’s Alliouagana Festival of the Word, visit www.litfest.ms or call 664.491.3924.

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