Three prominent historians—Dr Maureen Warner-Lewis, Prof Emerita of African Caribbean Language and Orature at the University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica, Dr Hollis R Lynch, Prof Emeritus of African History, University of Columbia, New York, and Horace Wilson, outstanding script writer and film producer —will be honoured at the Tobago Word Festival. The gala ceremony takes place on September 22 at Mt Irvine Bay Hotel. There will even be a special award for a well-known Tobago historian, educationalist and researcher. The individual will be named there. A release issued by festival director Deborah Moore-Miggins said, “The festival is intended to develop the skill of writing among Tobagonians and to recognise the distinguished writers of Tobago. In 2011, the festival was a resounding success and this year promises to be even more exciting!” The festival opened yesterday with a workshop on the Yoruba language which was facilitated by cultural icon/singer Ella Andall. She sang the classic Missing Generation. An open-mic session for poets, rappers, composers and writers followed.
About Tobago Word Festival
The Empowerment Foundation of Tobago, the Tobago Writers Guild and the Jegna Educational Services with the support of the Tobago House of Assembly, have collaborated to stage the second annual Tobago Word Festival (September 15 to 22). The festival will also feature several workshops for writers and teachers of secondary and primary schools by renowned educationalists and professors who teach various genres of writing. There are valuable prizes for the school, church, teacher or individual with the highest level of attendance or participation in the festival.
Well-known guidance counsellor Camile Swapp will facilitate a session on child and adolescent development for parents, guardians and teachers at 9.30 am at the Works Lecture Room, entitled Countering the Negative Images of Blacks in Advertising; at 6.30 pm at the Works Conference Room; and Speyside High School at 2 pm.
Cultural historian Anthony Browder at Charlotteville at 6.15 pm
Dr Pedro Noguera, renowned Trinidad-born and international educationalist specialising in at-risk youth will conduct sessions entitled From Risk to Resilience: Creating Schools that Support Academic Achievement and Youth Development, and Building the Capacity of Schools to Prepare Youth for College and Adulthood. For more information, contact [email protected]