Bequia Hosts ‘A Poetry Party’
Poets, from mainland St. Vincent and Bequia, some tried and tested, some still budding, converged on the Fig Tree Restaurant, Bequia, for a moonlight, seasde event dubbed ‘a poetry party’. The event, held on Sunday 27th May, was the result of a collaborative effort involving the UWI Open Campus, the Bequia Bookstore and the Fig Tree Restaurant.
It meshed perfectly with the UWI Open campus’s initiative to make persons more appreciative of the spoken word.
The works of local poets like Cecil ‘Blazer’ Williams, David ‘Darkie’ Williams, Silma Duncan, Peggy Carr and La Fayette Johnson were voiced in moods that ranged from the comedic to the affectionate, all though impressing the small but appreciative audience.
The evening became so inspirational that closet poets, Sharkia George and North Carolina native Elizabeth Meadows, who secretly penned their feelings during the readings, were moved to step to the podium and share with the audience, while recognizable local artists such as Grace Peters-Clarke and Toni Johnson also shared impromptu, in the moment.
Manager/Proprietor of the Bequia Book Shop and Fig Tree Restaurant Cheryl Johnson said that she was pleased “to be partnering with the university to get persons more enthusiastic about the arts, after hearing about UWI’s collaboration with Cambridge University to promote poetry.”
Johnson, who also read , noted that her affair she dubbed ‘a poetry party’ was similar to events she attended with friends while living in Canada.
Head of the UWI Open Campus, Deborah Dalrymple, said that she was pleased when the corporate sector supports the arts, and called on persons to continue to do their part in building consciousness.
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by Sheron Garraway