Renowned Barbadian writer Kamau Brathwaite took the first prize in the 2013 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment (FCLE) awards, followed by educator Ronald Williams and newcomer Mark Ramsey last night.
Writer and actress Pauline Melville delivered the feature address at the Frank Collymore Hall and spoke on a theme of the writer being ‘instinctively international’.
Brathwaite, who is widely considered one of the major voices in the Caribbean literary arena and has copped several international awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, was unable to attend and receive his award for his collection, ‘The Lazarus Poems’, described by the evening’s announcer and FCLE committee member, De Carla Applewhaite, as a piece which “ultimately transcends the thread of death”.
Ronald Williams’ ‘The Memoir’, a thriller and romance piece, was announced second prize winner at this, the FCLE 16th Annual Awards.
Nineteen–year-old Mark Ramsey took the third prize for ‘Generation with the world in our Mouths’ that Applewhaite said “impressed the judges with its aspiration to a distinctive voice and style”.