New Pub­li­ca­tion to be Re­leased in Hon­our of Saint Lu­cian Icon

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Keryn Nel­son

Apart­ner­ship has been formed be­tween the newly-named Dr. Pa­trick An­thony Folk Re­search Cen­tre (FRC) and Flow with the aim of com­bin­ing art, cre­ativ­ity and cul­tural icons to make this Cre­ole Her­itage Month one to re­mem­ber.

Post an­nounce­ment of its re­cent name change, the FRC teamed with Flow to host a brief­ing on Thurs­day 28 Septem­ber, high­light­ing the up­com­ing re­lease of ‘The Road to Mount Pleas­ant', a col­lec­tion of es­says on Saint Lu­cian cul­ture, com­piled in hon­our of Msgr. Hon. Dr. Pa­trick An­thony's 70th birth­day.

Msgr. Dr. Pa­trick An­thony, also known as “Paba”, is a ded­i­cated pri­est of the Ro­man Catholic Church, who pi­o­neered a move­ment which in­te­grated Caribbean cul­ture into Catholic wor­ship in Saint Lu­cia. This, in ad­di­tion to his work with a group of like-minded Saint Lu­cian stu­dents, saw the for­ma­tion of the Folk Re­search Cen­tre, a hub for for­mal study of Saint Lu­cian so­ci­ety and ways of life.

On Flow's de­ci­sion to sup­port the project, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Spe­cial­ist Terry Fin­is­terre said, “When this op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with the Folk Re­search Cen­tre came to us we grabbed it with open arms be­cause, when you hear about Pa­trick An­thony, I think ev­ery Saint Lu­cian knows who Pa­trick An­thony is, knows what he means. But this book goes deeply into the life, the times, the thoughts of Pa­trick An­thony and it ex­plores the themes that sur­round his life."

At Thurs­day's brief­ing, along with Mr. Fin­is­terre, In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer at the FRC, John Robert Lee, and Deputy Chair­man of the FRC, Hil­lary La Force, sang Paba's praises and di­vulged in­for­ma­tion on the book's con­tents.

Fea­tur­ing ar­ti­cles from Msgr. Hon. Dr. An­thony him­self, the book will also hold works from other cul­tural icons and "new­com­ers" in­clud­ing Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Kennedy 'Boots' Sa­muel, Di­da­cus Jules, and Vladimir Lu­cien, among oth­ers.

The pub­li­ca­tion, which was com­piled and co-edited by John Robert Lee and Em­bert Charles, will be printed by the gov­ern­ment, fol­low­ing its pro­vi­sion of a $5,000 grant, and is due to be re­leased this month al­though no of­fi­cial date has yet been given.

The com­mit­tee be­hind the project aims to make the book avail­able to all Saint Lu­cians and in­ter­ested per­sons here and across the di­as­pora. A hard-copy can be picked up at the FRC and it will even­tu­ally be re­leased via on­line plat­forms. Con­trib­u­tors en­cour­aged all to keep an eye out on so­cial me­dia for more in­for­ma­tion.

Also in the spirit of cul­ture and her­itage ap­pre­ci­a­tion, other plans for this year's Cre­ole Her­itage Month were shared, in­clud­ing school pro­grammes to en­gage pri­mary and sec­ondary school stu­dents with cul­tural con­tent.

"One of the ac­tiv­i­ties that we nor­mally have dur­ing Cre­ole Her­itage Month is the cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion in schools," said Robert Lee.

The pro­gramme, which be­gan on Oc­to­ber 3, is spon­sored by the Na­tional Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and Bank of Saint Lu­cia. The in­tent is to have schools through­out the is­land go to the Msgr. Pa­trick An­thony Folk Re­search Cen­tre to im­merse in Saint Lu­cia's cre­ole cul­ture through el­e­ments of dance, sto­ry­telling and lec­tures.

Left to right: John Robert Lee, FRC In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer; Terry Fin­is­terre, Flow Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Spe­cial­ist and Hil­lary La Force, FRC Deputy Chair­man.

Work­ing Man­u­script: The Road to Mount Pleas­ant.

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