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Award-winning writing goes islandwide

Published:Thursday | August 21, 2014 | 8:00 AM
Sean Harrison (right), the best overall writer, receives his award from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission programme management director, Dorrett Thaxter, at this year's Jamaica Creative Writing awards ceremony. - Contributed

The award-winning pieces in the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition are currently being showcased islandwide. The tour, which started on August 7, goes until March 30, 2015, giving members of the public the opportunity to appreciate and recognise the award-winning works displayed at their parish libraries.

The pieces being showcased are from amateur and professional writers who entered their poetry, short stories, novels, essays and plays in the 2014 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Jamaica Creative Writing Competition. The annual competition has been a channel providing writers with the opportunity of exposing and validating their writing talent while showcasing and promoting writers and their original work.

Kingston first

The tour began in Kingston at the National Library of Jamaica and moved on to the St Andrew Parish Library on Tuesday, where it will be mounted until September 2. From September 4 to 18, the exhibition will be in Portland and then in St Thomas from September 22 to October 3.

St Catherine gets its turn from October 8 to 22 and, in Clarendon, the tour will run from October 24 to November 7. Manchester's dates are November 11 to 25; St Elizabeth's November 27 to December 11, and Westmoreland hosts the exhibition from December 15 to January 5.

In 2015, persons in Hanover will be able to observe the exhibition at the parish library from January 7 to 21. St James' turn is from January 23 to February 6; Trelawny, between February 10 and February 24; and St Ann, from February 26 to March 12.

The tour ends in St Mary, where the exhibition runs at the parish library from March 16 to 30.

At the awards ceremony for the 2014 staging of the Jamaica Creative Writing Competition, the top writers were presented with cash, certificates of merit, medals and trophies. Sean Harrison was named the best overall writer with Gloria Malcolm-Foster, who was also named outstanding writer, placing second.

Third place and the special writer award was copped by Keisha Brissette and Leiso Edwards. In fourth place and also taking the choice writer award was Rohan Facey. Noteworthy writer, Seon Lewis, placed fifth.