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Caribbean writers to meet in Guadeloupe

French novelist and poet Daniel Maximin will be the “guest of honour” at the fourth edition of the Congress of Caribbean Writers that opens here on April1 5.

The organisers said that the four-day event which is being sponsored by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, in collaboration with the Association of Caribbean Writers will attract participants from the United States and 21 Caribbean countries to discuss themes relating to travel, migration and Diasporas.

“This biennial event, is now, more than ever, a symbol of the mixing of languages and cultures, welcoming writers from Antigua, Barbados, Colombia Cuba, Guyana, French Guiana, Haiti, Martinique, Panama, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and, of course, Guadeloupe. They will present and discuss matters pertaining to their capacity to combine reality, symbolism and the imaginative world,” they said in a statement.

They said that for the first time ever Francophone literature will be celebrated, with the naming of Guadeloupe’s Daniel Maximin as the guest of honour, who in 2013, was appointed as a member of the French National Observatory on Secularism.

“Maximin is therefore following in the footsteps of Derek Wacott, Nobel Prize winner in the field of literature, for the first edition, Marcio Veloz Maggiolo for the second and Russel Banks for the third.

“This Congress will be an incredible journey of discoveries and exchanges, with a myriad of lucid views on Caribbean history, transposed with talent into pieces of writing. It will serve as a communion among writers and lovers of Belles-lettres, who are passionate about the history of migrant peoples, an indisputable aspect of popular cultures. The key objective of this event is to promote and improve knowledge of Caribbean culture. “

Antigua Observer

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