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The University of the West Indies Open Campus in collaboration with the Vincentian Association of Artists, Writers and Producers Inc. will host its 2nd annual Literary Fair from Thursday to Sunday October under the theme, “Read! Think! Grow!”

The theme is a call to strengthen reading in all our spaces of learning and also to emphasise the benefits that can be derived nationally from the joy of reading, writing, creating and performing; essentially using our creative imagination for personal and national development, a release says.

The Fair will include a book and visual art exhibition by several book shops and artistes; two book launches ‘King Short Shirt: Nobody Go Run Me – The Life and Times of Sir Maclean Emanuel” and “Send Out You Hand” by cultural practitioner and Calypso aficionado Dorbrene O’Marde of Antigua and Barbuda and “Modern Day Slave Drivers” by Vincentian Jasmine Davis.

There will also be an evening of poetry with the masters featuring some of the best of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Open Campus is inviting participation from Vincentian and Caribbean authors.

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The four-day event forms part of the National Independence celebrations, primarily to showcase Vincentian talent in the literary, visual and performing art sectors of our society.

The Literary Fair is one of the ways in which the Open Campus seeks to fulfill its mandate in centering the arts and to empahsise the importance of literary competencies to our nation’s development.

Schedule of Activities

Day One – Thursday Oct. 17

Book & Art Exhibition – 11 a.m.
Children’s Paper Treasure – 11a.m.
Official Opening Ceremony – 5 p.m.

Day Two – Friday Oct. 18

Book & Art Exhibition – 10 a.m.
Children’s Paper Treasure – 10 a.m.
Lunch Hour Book Signing – 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
An Evening of Poetry with the Masters – 7:30 p.m.

Day Three – Saturday Oct. 19

Book & Art Exhibition – 10 a.m.
Lunch Hour Book Signing – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Book Launch – “King Short Shirt: Nobody Go Run Me – the Life and Times of Sir Maclean Emanuel” and “Send Out You Hand” — Mr. Dorbrene O’Marde – 12:30 p.m.
Local Short Films and Documentaries – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Day Four – Sunday Oct. 20

Book & Art Exhibition – 10 a.m. -1 p.m.