Caribbean writers to meet in Guadeloupe

Writers from the English, French and Dutch speaking Caribbean meet here next week for the third International Congress of Caribbean Writers.

The organisers said that the April 10-13 event will be held under the theme "Our Fight for Freedom, A Collective Epic".

The main objectives of the four-day event s to increase the awareness and afford opportunities for the distribution of Caribbean literature globally.

"The spirit of the Congress of Caribbean Writers is that the greater sharing of our experiences and our cultural heritage remains the best way of communicating with the world. We also believe that the presentations of literary work and strengthening of the Caribbean writers network will contribute to economic development within the region and the cultural sector in particular," the organisers said.

The conference, which is being hosted by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe and the Association of Caribbean Writers will be attended by writers from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, French Guyana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

Prolific, award-winning writer of fiction and a lecturer in contemporary literature at Princeton University in New Jersey, Russell Banks will be the guest of honour at the four day event, following similar appearances by St. Lucia's Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott and noted Dominican Republic writer Marcio Veloz Maggliolo at the first two conferences.

Banks will also lead the opening session on Thursday with a debate about 'The historic truth or romantic fiction of Caribbean literature'.