– Gandolph St. Clair
Local poet, playwright, actor and singer Gandolph St. Clair has been practising his talents and is due to launch his new book, The Calabash Tree, in the near future. I had the privilege of reading it before most people and I think it captures a truly Saint Lucian sense. With Independence Day right around the corner, I thought it would be a nice time to introduce his collection to our audience.
Gandolph St. Clair was schooled in Saint Lucia and then studied Directing at the Jamaica School of Drama, and the influence of his culture proudly shows in his work. Which is why the collection is named ‘The Calabash Tree’, after our lush national tree.
‘The Calabash Tree’ includes an introductory short story plus previously produced plays and selected poems.
The short story recounts the eventful life of a young boy living in Castries. St. Clair talks about the boy’s family, the welcoming of his younger sibling, playing mas and other events up until the death of his beloved grandmother. His style of writing puts the reader in a reflective mood, helping one envision what life in the streets of Castries was like in the latter half of the 1900s.
The other pieces featured in ‘The Calabash Tree’ had previously been recognized locally and regionally with awards for St. Clair’s style and creativity. Now it’s easy to find them all in one book!
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