The British High Commission in collaboration with the French Embassy and Alliance Française have been running a programme of activities since 11 November 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. As part of this year’s activities we are organising a poetry competition with the theme being War under the patronage of the Hon Sir Derek Walcott.
This competition is open to persons from the islands of St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica between the ages of 16-35. Poems can be in either English or French and there will be a prize of an Acer Tablet in each language category in each island. Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 October 2016. Rules for the competition are available at www.afslu.com. The winners of the competition will be announced at a special ceremony on Armistice Day 11 November 2016.
The Armistice Day ceremony will also feature a special screening of an Imperial War Museum restored film ‘The Battle of the Somme’, originally produced and shown in 1916. The first day of the Battle of the Somme was probably one of the most striking moments of the First World War (WWI) as that day alone resulted in nearly 20,000 British deaths and 60,000 British casualties, still the worst day on record for the British Army. But the battle was not just one day; it lasted until 18 November 1916 and involved not just Britain and Germany but took place on French soil and French troops held part of the line. It has also been estimated that there were representatives of between 30-60 nations, including the Caribbean, at the Somme.
An exhibition “L’industrie du rhum et la Grande Guerre” will also be launched at the ceremony. This exhibition will highlight the importance of the rum industry during WW1 and will run through the month of November.