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M. NourbeSe Philip to read at UWI Campus Literature Week 2010

For Release Upon Receipt - February 24, 2010

St. Augustine

Tobago-born poet/novelist for Gala Reading


Ms M. NourbeSe Philip, poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and short story writer, will perform at the Gala Reading of Campus Literature Week 2010, hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Liberal Arts.

The Gala Reading, which will take place on Friday 5th March at 7 pm at the Centre for Language Learning Auditorium, UWI St. Augustine, is the culmination of a series of daily Lunchtime Readings scheduled to take place from Monday 1st to Friday 5th March from noon to 1pm in the Audio Visual Room (309), Third Floor, Main Library. All readings are free of charge and open to the public.

Born in Tobago, Ms Philip graduated from The UWI Faculty of Social Sciences with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968. Ms Philip’s first novel Harriet’s DaughterLooking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence was published in 1991. In 1995 Ms Philip was awarded the Toronto Arts Award in writing and publishing. Foremost in her work are the challenges confronting Black women and girls, as well as issues of belonging, language and location. She has published three books of poetry, Thorns (1980), Salmon Courage (1983), She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988). She is also the 1988 first-prize winner of the Tradewinds Collective prize (Trinidad and Tobago) in the poetry and short story categories. She now lives in Canada, where she practised law for seven years, but has given it up to devote more time to writing. was published in 1988 by Heinemann (England) and the Women’s Press (Canada). Her second novel

This annual event, instituted in 1999, has provided a forum for writers in the UWI Masters in Fine Art (MFA) programme to showcase their work. The MFA Programme hosts a Writer-in-Residence, who gives public readings, talks about his/her writing and about literature with UWI students. Over the decade, the Department has hosted esteemed writers such as Earl Lovelace (1999, 2005, 2008); Olive Senior (2000, 2003); Jan Carew (2001); Austin Clarke (2002); Lawrence Scott (2004): Erna Brodber (2006): John Stewart (2007); and Rachel Manley (2009).

For more information, please contact Dr Giselle Rampaul at or (868) 662 2002 Ext. 3025, or Dr Geraldine Skeete at or 662 2002 Ext. 3029. For the latest UWI News, click


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