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Grenadian author wants more encouragement for young writers

by: - October 20, 2011
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Jacob Ross. Image via: gov.gd

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) — United Kingdom-based Grenadian author, Jacob Ross, wants to see greater development of budding writers in Grenada. He believes one way to achieve this is to utilize the country’s professional authors who are willing to return home and work with young writers “to give them a sense of encouragement.”

Ross, A former student of the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS) and the University of Grenoble in France, made his comments on Tuesday evening at the opening ceremony for the 2011 Aunty Tek Spice Word Festival.

Scores of writers and other cultural artistes, including performers from the St George’s Anglican Senior School and the Presentation Brothers’ College, attended the ceremony at St George’s University.

Among the special guests were Prime Minister Tillman Thomas; Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture Minister, Peter David, and the Minister of State in the Ministry, Senator Arley Gill; and Venezuelan Ambassador to Grenada, Carlos Perez.

The festival is organized by the Department of Culture in conjunction with the Grenada Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Education.

According to Gill, Spice Word is an attempt at motivating Grenadians to both write and read more.

Ross, author of a collection of short stories titled, “A Way to Catch the Dust,” as well as a highly acclaimed novel, “Pynter Bender,” commended the organizers of the Aunty Tek Spice Word Festival for the “vision and foresight” in staging the event.

“I think we’re on to something,” said Ross, who said he felt “very honoured” to be chosen as one of this year’s “featured authors” for the festival.

The festival’s other “featured authors” are former Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon; and author Verna Wilkins, who is also founder of the publishing company, Tamarind Books.

The Spice Word Festival continues until Sunday, October 23.

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