Literature Alive – Season 2

Episodes

  • 1 - Creation Fire: Part 1
  • In May 2005, Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival celebrated its fifth year. The theme of the festival was the Fire Is Lit and searing performances by international stars, Stacey Ann Chin, Mutabaruka, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Canada’s own Dionne Brand live up, to that promise.

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  • 2 - Creation Fire: Part 2
  • “I never doubted that Caribbean literature had international appeal,” says Colin Channer, founder of the hugely successful Calabash Literary Festival that explodes like a rock concert in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, every year, “because I grew up with the huge impact of Bob Marley on world culture.”

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  • 3 - The Gimi Story: Part 1
  • On Sunday, September 12th, 2004, the Island of Grand Cayman was devastated by class five Hurricane Ivan. Against all odds, the Gimmistory Festival forged ahead to bring Caribbean storytellers and performance artists to the island of Grand Cayman.

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  • 4 - The Gimi Story: Part 2
  • For the past six years, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation has been hosting a Caribbean storytelling festival called Gimmistory. In this documentary, the authors showcase the importance of calypso and extempo in the tradition of Caribbean storytelling.

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  • 5 - Rachel Manley: “In The Shadow Of My Fathers”
  • It was her grandmother, Edna Manley, widely known for her artistic work in Jamaica, who first encouraged her to investigate her creative side. Manley published her first poem in at the age of 11 and went on to become a well-known poet.

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  • 6 - Honor Ford Smith: “Honor-Bound”
  • For most of her childhood, she lived with her grandmother who, she contends, was the person that first instilled an acute sense of race and its complexities into her consciousness. Her single mother, on the other hand, was one of an early generation of Jamaican women doctors of colour who influenced Ford-Smith’s awareness of women’s roles in former colonial societies.

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