Grenada¹s Dr. Merle Collins will deliver the Keynote Address at the upcoming 11th Conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars (ACWWS).
The conference to celebrate the breadth, scope and impact of Caribbean women¹s literature across cultures will be hosted by St. George¹s University at its True Blue campus from May 19-23.
Collins¹ presentation will take the form of a public lecture on Tuesday, May 20 at St. George¹s University¹s Bell Lecture Hall at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Collins, an author and Professor of English and Caribbean Literature at the University of Maryland will speak about "Caribbean Women Writing in the 21st Century: Visions to Recover, Creations to Re-Create".
She will also use the backdrop of the conference to feature her video documentary entitled Caribbean Nation: Saraka and Nation in Grenada and Carriacou.
On Thursday, May 22 various authors including Dr. Dessima Williams and Dr. Merle Collins will present on "Remembering the Grenada Revolution" from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Topics include "The Storm That Never Ended: How the Grenada Revolution Stays Alive", "The Legacy of the Grenada Revolution in Literature", "Hurricane Histories: Landscapes and Languages of Revolutionary Memory", and "Say It In Performance: The Story That is Still Difficult to Speak".
This session will be followed by the Saraka presentation from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Other featured presentations include "Mémoires et Traumatismes" (Memories and Traumatism) by Evelyne Trouillot on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 4:45 p.m.; "Del Alma al Sol, del sol al alma: Intervenciones Personales de una Artista Dominican-York, en Estos Tiempos Glocales" (Soul to Sun, Back and Forth and All in Between: Interventions of the Self by a Dominican-York
Artist) by Josefina Baez on Thursday, May 22 at 11:15 a.m.; and "Departure and Arrival, Alienation and Familiarity" by Ellen Ombre on Friday, May 23 at 11:15 a.m.
All presentations will be held at the Bourne Lecture Hall, St. George¹s University.
A special Open Mike Night at Coconut Beach Restaurant will feature the work of Oonya Kempadoo and members of the Writers¹ Association of Grenada (WAG).