Karen Lord, whose novel Redemption in Indigo is on the longlist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, is currently blogging about her experience in the Bocas List Fest 2012.
Here’s an excerpt from Introducing the Bocas Lit Fest 2012:
Day one of the festival started with a welcome ceremony. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Independence, there were four readings of classic works from around fifty years ago: the prose of V.S. Naipaul, poetry by Derek Walcott (both of them Nobel Laureates, as I’m sure you already know), a speech by Eric Williams, and satire by ‘Macaw’, the pseudonymous Trinidad Guardian columnist. The excerpt of Derek Walcott’s ‘The Star-Apple Kingdom’ concluded on a powerful image:
… a black woman, shawled like a buzzard,
climbed up the stairs and knocked at the door
of his dream, whispering in the ear of the keyhole:
‘Let me in, I’m finished with praying, I’m the Revolution.
I am the darker, the older America.’
It was beautiful … gorgeous readings expertly read … an excellent beginning. Our appetites were whetted. Here’s the one tweet I managed.
Read more about the event here.