Gan­dolph re­leases Cal­abash

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Cal­abash Tree by Gan­dolph St. Clair, a St. Lu­cian grad­u­ate of the Edna Man­ley Col­lege of the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts, is a lit­er­ary mis­cel­lany of two, one act per­formed plays, ‘One Love’ and ‘Guess who came to visit the Doc­tor’; one short story, ‘The Pa­tent Man’ and po­ems in­clud­ing the long ti­tle poem ‘The Cal­abash Tree’.

‘One Love’ won the How­ick Ell­cock Me­mo­rial Play­wright­ing Award in 1977 in St. Lu­cia and re­flects on the fam­ily and so­cial con­flicts caused by the emer­gence of Rasta in the Caribbean while ‘Guess who came to visit the Doc­tor’ is a satir­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of the val­ues and at­ti­tudes in our so­ci­ety’s sex­ual rev­o­lu­tion. ‘The Pa­tent Man’ is a para­ble on the po­ten­tial and pur­pose of our ex­is­tence.

‘The Cal­abash Tree’ is an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal poem about the first seven­teen years of the writer’s life while the other po­ems vary in style and form rang­ing from the lyri­cal, sur­real to dub/ per­for­mance po­etry. ‘The Cal­abash Tree’ con­tains pho­tog­ra­phy by the au­thor. Other pub­li­ca­tions by Gan­dolph St. Clair are ‘The Third Um­pire’, an ICC-com­mis­sioned short play on cricket and ‘Just in Case’ con­tain­ing two per­formed pieces, the mu­si­cal ‘The Hus­tlers’ and the play ‘Just in Case’ which won se­cond place in the 1982 BBC Caribbean Com­mon­wealth Ra­dio play com­pe­ti­tion.

The book is cur­rently avail­able for sale on­line at Ama­zon, Ama­zon(UK) and CreateSpace as well as for pur­chase and down­load in Kin­dle for­mat.

The book cover of Gan­dolph St. Clair’s

‘Cal­abash Tree’.

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