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IOJ honours Nettleford, Chevannes

Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The late Professor Rex Nettleford
File The late Professor Barry Chevannes
Contributed Kellie Magnus
Contributed The cover of 'Little Lion at Bat'.

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) celebrates Heritage Month with a two-day symposium to honour Professors Rex Nettleford and Barry Chevannes under the theme 'Two of a Mind: Reflections on the Contributions of Professor Rex Nettleford and Barry Chevannes'. The symposium, which runs today and tomorrow, will examine their contributions to cultural development. Proceedings start at 9:00 a.m. each day.

The symposium will include oral and photo presentations, a musical performance and films on Nettleford and Chevannes. Professor Verene Shepherd, Dr Clive Muir and Jake Homiak from the Smithsonian Institution are among those who will be presenting papers that centre on the themes of spirituality

and dance, gender, cultural identity through institutional development and identity and cultural development.

A selection of the papers presented will be included in a special issue of the Jamaica Journal, to be published by 2015. Admission to the two-day event is free.

The symposium not only serves as a memorial to Nettleford and Chevannes'

cultural contributions, but also gives young researchers, innovators and artistes an opportunity to expose their work to the

public and carry on the legacy of these two stalwarts in cultural development.

Kellie Magnus, founder and editorial director of Jackmandora, a Caribbean children's media company, will conduct a workshop focusing on writing picture books, early readers and chapter books for early-childhood and primary markets.

The workshop, hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, is scheduled for November 10, 12, 17 and 19 from 6-8 p.m. each day. Interested persons should contact the department at 927-2217 or litsworkshop@gmail.com to register.

Magnus is the author of more than 15 children's books and stories, including the popular Little Lion children's book series and several books for the Ministry of Education's Literacy 123 series. Two of Jackmandora's books, A Book for Baby and Trixie Triangle, were selected for the 2011 BookStart Jamaica Pilot Programme.

She also co-authored the Jamaican translation of the best-selling children's book parody, Go the F*** to Sleep, with celebrated poet Kwame Dawes.

Magnus writes on the arts, education, and entertainment for regional and international publications and serves on the boards of the National Library of Jamaica, the Early Childhood Commission, and the Book Industry Association of Jamaica. She has lectured on publishing and media at numerous conferences and has taught at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication and the City College, City University of New York.