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George Lamming guest lectures at the St. Augustine Campus

For Release Upon Receipt - September 12, 2011

St. Augustine

Distinguished Barbadian author, George Lamming, will be a guest lecturer at the UWI Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) on September 16th and 17th 2011, marking the first event in the Department’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Lamming, the author of the West Indian classic, “In The Castle Of My Skin,” among other notable works, will deliver two exclusive lectures; the first, on Friday 16th, will be given to Year 2 students enrolled in the DCFA course “Critical Readings 1” and the second, will take place on Saturday 17th from 4-6 pm, at the Alma Jordan Library, where Mr. Lamming will be interviewed by Dr. Rose-Ann Walker.

George Lamming belongs to a generation of Caribbean nationalism architects including intellectual luminaries such as Louise Bennett, Wilson Harris, Rex Nettleford, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite and the older, but evergreen CLR James. He has played pioneering roles in regional endeavours such as the first Carifesta in 1972 in Guyana and the Casa de las Americas Literature Prize in Cuba. He, himself has been the beneficiary of many grants and honours including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1955); the Somerset Maugham Award (1958); and a Canada Council Fellowship (1962). His collaboration with Lloyd Best resulted in the publication of two significant anthologies: “Enterprise of the Indies” and “Canvas of the World.”

In 1967-1968 Lamming was a Writer-in-Residence at The University of the West Indies, Mona and has enjoyed residencies at the University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin. In his later years he is now resident in Barbados and continues to represent the cause of Caribbean sovereignty in his fiction, essays and speeches.

Admission to both events is by invitation and interested persons may contact the DCFA Secretary, Mrs. Yvette Barrimond-Symonds, at

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