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'VoYces' in harmony at Robins Bay

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM
THE SECOND annual Independent VoYces Literary Fair has chosen two great Jamaican writers to receive this year's awards, which will be presented at the fair on Sunday, November 6 at Strawberry Fields Together!, Robin's Bay, St Mary.

This year, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to internationally acclaimed dub poet Malachi Smith. An icon in the world of reggae/dub poetry, Malachi began recording dub poetry in 1979. His first recording, Kimbo to Kimbo brought him some recognition, but it was his 1983 mega-hit single, I'm a Victim on the album Word Sound 'Ave Power that brought him great acclaim.

A founding member of Poets in Unity, which made its mark on Jamaica and the world in the mid-80s, Smith went on to perform on hundreds of stages alongside artists of all genres, record five CD/albums, and win numerous awards.

Studied poetry

Smith was a James Michener Fellow at the University of Miami where he studied poetry under Lorna Goodison and playwriting under Fred D'Aguilar. He is published in Wheel and Come Again: An Anthology of Reggae Poetry, The Caribbean Writer, The Carrier-Pidgin Journal, Rhythm of Adozi, Writer in Our Mids & Caribbean Erotic and Mahagony.

The Independent VoYce Award will be presented to award-winning Gleaner senior writer Janet Silvera. No stranger to the Jamaican public, Silvera was recently selected to be featured on Travel Channel International's 'It's a Woman's World', a brand-new series that immerses viewers into the lives of interesting women globally.

Work in tourism

Although most-often recognised for her work in tourism and as a features writer, Silvera is not afraid of delving into uncharted waters and bringing dark secrets to the forefront with her writing. Her well-known article 'It's OK to Have Two Men' brought her much attention early in her writing career; and her investigative feature 'Dad Raped Us' which headlined The Sunday Gleaner on May 17, 2009, served as a wake-up call to a common yet largely unspoken problem plaguing our nation.

Independent VoYces patrons will have the rare opportunity to hear from Silvera's other works, the private writings, poetry and short stories, that only few have heard.