The highlight of this year’s celebration of National Heroes Day will be the presentation of the Clement Payne Appreciation Award by the Clement Payne Movement to legendary Barbadian novelist and public intellectual, George Lamming, at a special award ceremony which will be held at the Walcott Warner Theatre of the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination on Saturday April 27, 2013, commencing at 8 p.m.
Dr. George Lamming is being honoured for the profound and sustained 60 year contribution that he has made to the construction of the edifice of West Indian literature, to the fostering of Barbadian and Caribbean sovereignty and nationhood, to the valorization of the culture and agency of the working class, and to the deepening and sharpening of the practice of education in both its formal and informal manifestations.
The year 2013 was deemed to be a most appropriate year to confer the Clement Payne Appreciation Award on Lamming in light of the fact that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the 1953 publication of Lamming’s ground-breaking novel In The Castle Of My Skin.
Indeed, In The Castle Of My Skin will feature prominently in the ceremony. The centre-piece of the ceremony will be a multi-media dramatisation of In The Castle Of My Skin, featuring Cicely Spencer-Cross, Tony Thompson, Mighty Gabby, Dancin Africa, and Matthew Murrell and the young actors of his Yardie Boys theatre company.
Other contributors to the evening’s programme will include Sir Hilary Beckles, the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Ensemble , Thelma Gill-Barnett and David Comissiong.
— David Comissiong