Thursday, October 13, 2011

“I dream to change the world”: celebrating the legacy of Martin Carter

Friday 14 October, 2011, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm

... if you see me
looking at your hands

listening when you speak

marching in your ranks

you must know

I do not sleep to dream, but dream to change the world.

The 30th West Indian Literature Conference, hosted by the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, from 13 to 15 October, 2011, borrows its theme from a poem by the late Guyanese writer Martin Carter: “I Dream to Change the World: Literature and Social Transformation”.

As part of the conference programme, on Friday 14 October, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm, the Bocas Lit Fest and Alice Yard will host an informal evening of readings and performances celebrating Carter’s intellectual and creative legacy. Scholar Gemma Robinson, Carter’s editor and biographer, will speak about his relevance for today’s Caribbean writers and artists, followed by readings by Nalo Hopkinson, Vahni Capildeo, and Barbara Jenkins. A performance by 3Canal will close the programme. Visual works by artists Marlon Griffth, James Cooper, and Rodell Warner will also be on view.

All are invited.