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UWI to showcase local talent at Book Fair and Cultural Festival

For Release Upon Receipt - November 5, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus will be showcasing local talent at its upcoming Book Fair and Cultural Festival from Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th November, 2008 at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Book Fair and Cultural Festival is free and open to the public.

The Festival village will feature the work of faculties and publishers, as well as books by writers associated with the St Augustine Campus. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. booths showcasing the literary works and research by lecturers and students will be displayed; some editions will be on sale. Other booths will be set up by the Main Library, Centre for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS), the UWI bookshop and the Seismic Unit. The Festival will also include a food fair which will allow the public to enjoy the unique menus from throughout the Caribbean; Jamaica, Barbados and Bahamas to name a few. Lunches are only $30 and will be served from 11:30 a.m. each day. Tickets will be available on the day at the food fair.

The evening Cultural Festival will allow the public to experience the talent, flair and charisma that emanates from our local talents. Students and cultural groups will perform during the day and there will be special performances at night. Each night the public will be entertained with calypso, pan and the theatre arts from the UWI Festival Arts Chorale, the UWI Festival Steel Ensemble and the UWI Dance Ensemble. Thursday will also see the official launch of the Faculty of Humanities and Education book, Heart to Verse which represents the creative outpouring of sixteen participants in the Department’s Creative Writing Poetry class of 2007. Heart to Verse, published by The New Voices, is a collaborative effort between the Literatures in English section of the Department, and the New Voices Press.

The last night, Friday 14th November, 2008 will end with a ‘Kaiso Night’ which will bring together talents such as Brother Resistance, Gervais Cesar and Marva Newton and the Band Friday will also see the launch of the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Professor Funso Aiyejina’s book, A Place in the World.

Tickets for the Cultural Nights can be collected at the Marketing and Communications Office, UWI St Augustine.

For more information on booking tickets for the Cultural Nights and for the Book Fair please call 662-2002 Ext. 3635 or 2315 or email