Story tellers put on a quality performance for Crop over read in and book fair
There are three sides to every story and on Sunday night at the Foursquare Rum Distillery Heritage Park, the audience heard all of them.
It was the National Cultural Foundation’s Crop-Over Read-IN! and Book Fair featuring story tellers and griots, Varia Williams, Jack Lewis, Alison Sealy-Smith, Amanda Cumberbatch, and Tony Thompson who read poems and or extracts from novels or plays from Aja, Shakirah Bourne (screen plays, animation, short stories), Kamau Brathwaite, Linda Deane, Glenville Lovell from New York who has won awards for years and is a playwright; Dr. Karen Lorde, Mark McWatt, and Esther Phillips.
Carlos Barrow, who represented Anansi the trickster and storyteller, was the MC for the event,
At the launch of the event last Thursday, Producer Ayesha Gibson-Gill, who is the NCF’s Cultural Officer for Literary Arts, said the event would be a marriage of “our performance and prose aspect”.
“We are focussing very heavily on storytelling in this Crop-Over Read IN! and Book Fair. What we aim to do is titillate the audience with extracts from the different novels and poems that have a strong narrative, so you want to know what happens next. What we do is titillate you that much and then we have you go to the book fair and purchase the book to find out what happens after,” Gibson-Gill said.
She also said the event an evening and experience and it was as the works of homegrown authors leaped off the pages and into the theatre.
There were tours of the Factory’s Museum, the book fair which was the second half of the show and the launch of Robert Edison Sandiford’s And Sometimes They Fly, a story featuring the Elect, “a trio of exceptional humans” who are all Barbadian. (DS)