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Walcott Open House

Press Release:- The Saint Lucia National Trust under the kind patronage of the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee presented KINDLING: Under Walcott’s Light, on Monday 13th January 2020 in the courtyard of Walcott House at No. 17 Chaussée Road at 7PM. 

The production was inspired by Mr. Mac Donald Dixon’s theme for this year’s Sir Derek Walcott’s Memorial Lecture “After Derek Walcott—The Saint Lucia Poetic Tradition”.

The featured Poet, Mas Man and producer, Mr. Adrian Augier read from his latest manuscript “Inverted Islands”. He was accompanied by O’Neal Joseph on keyboards, Lestan Celestin on guitar, and Anderson Charles on flute.

Supporting Poets & Writers Mr. Glenn Charlery, Mr. Garner Raymond, Mr. Rohan Bennette, Ms. Naomi Patrick-Smith, Mr. Anthony “Tree C” Avril, and Ms. Katherine Atkinson presented their discourse with sobering prologues of the times we live in.

The event was well received by a growing audience of members of the Grass Street community, leading entertainers, cultural heritage agents and the general public.

Dame Pearlette Louisy, the Chairperson of the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee and Ms. Sigrid Nama were also in attendance.

The Saint Lucia National Trust thanks all the performers and its sponsors, Peter & Company Distribution and Landmark Events, who set the overall ambiance of the event. 

The response has been tremendous and the Trust is pleased to announce that poets from KINDLING have been invited to participate in the 3rd annual Bordelais Correctional Facility’s literary night which will take place on 22nd January 2020. The Poets will be performing their pieces and also taking in the poetic works of inmates at the literary night. 

As part of Walcott Open House which commenced on the 13th January and will conclude on the 31st January, 2020, there will be the screening of past lectures by guest presenters discussing Sir Derek’s influence on their work with a plenary discussion at the end of each screening.

Schools island wide have been invited to visit Walcott House over the next three weeks between the hours of 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm, where they will be introduced to Sir Derek and Roderick Walcott’s work from the 1950’s. 

This will also include an exhibition of sketches by Sir Derek from numerous plays, highlighting his talent as a watercolorist and playwright.

It is envisaged the Walcott open house will give some inclination of the contribution of the Walcott brothers to Saint Lucia and the world.

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