The 2016 Independence Lecture will be delivered by one of the most exciting young voices in Caribbean literature, Mr. Vladimir Lucien.
Educated at St. Mary’s College, Mr. Lucien would follow in the footsteps of Hon. Derek Walcott, going on to study in Trinidad and Tobago, where his debut collection – Sounding Ground – won the 2015 OCM Bocas Caribbean Prize for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Guyana Caribbean Prize for poetry.
Mr. Lucien’s work has appeared in The Caribbean Review of Books, Small Axe, Wasafiri, PN Review, Caribbean Beat and BIM magazine.
The Independence Lecture will be delivered on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Mr. Lucien will speak to the theme, “The Artist and Saint Lucia: An exploration of the Saint Lucian Self.” The venue for this year’s lecture, which gets underway from 7:30 p.m., is the Gros Islet Secondary School Auditorium.
Aged 28, Mr. Lucien recently took up his new duties as the 2016 Writer in Residence at the University of the West Indies-Mona.
During his tenure Mr. Lucien will engage in teaching as well as public readings.
He is the first non-Jamaican to hold the post.