Entrants deliver the write stuff
The National Independence Festival Of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Literary Arts discipline continues to develop young writers in Barbados.
And chief judge Adonijah Alleyne believes that it is the most developmental of the disciplines at NIFCA.
Alleyne says this is due to the one-on-one feedback afforded to all the entrants in that category.
“It’s always very encouraging to see the younger writers coming to showcase their skills. This competition, NIFCA Literary Arts, is one of the few, if not the only one, in which every single entrant, medal winners or not, has a chance to sit down with the judges and find out how they can do better, where they went wrong. I think that’s a really beautiful thing and something which is envied by many other artists in other competitions,” he said.
Alleyne, who has been the chief judge for three years, said he had seen first-hand how writers had benefitted and improved from those sessions.
“I have seen for myself where writers have improved after coming to the judge’s sessions and taken what they were told to heart, and have come back the next year better and that’s a really beautiful thing. It’s a true developmental process as far as the competition is concerned,” he added.
He was speaking during a sponsorship launch on Tuesday at Goddards Enterprises Ltd in Haggett Hall, St Michael.
Group HR manager Glenda Gilkes said Goddard Enterprise’s said they were pleased to support the competition.
“It is our pleasure to continue our sponsorship of the Goddard Enterprises Literary Arts competition, which has been a stepping stone for a number of our literary artists over the past three years. As a sponsor it’s always heartening to see that our sponsorship contribution can indeed make a difference in the lives of those we seek to assist,” Gilkes said.
Renowned writer Shakira Bourne, one of this year’s entrants, said she was thankful for the literary arts competition since it has helped her to develop as an artist.
“I wouldn’t have been a writer so quickly without NIFCA. The first time I entered NIFCA I didn’t medal . . . . Ten years ago I got my first medal. Now ten years later because of NIFCA I have short stories and children’s books. NIFCA really helped me in my entire journey,” she added.
The Literary Arts Gala will come off on November 15, and the balcony book fairs will be featured every night at the NIFCA performing arts finals this weekend, starting today.
Celebrating another year of the NIFCA Massy Creators award, cultural officer for dance Alicia Payne/hurley, Kenneth “Jack” Lewis, NCF acting ceo Andrea Wells, Massy Foundation director Ann Hewitt, cultural officer for theatre arts Amanda Cumberbatch and Olivia Hall.
Group HR manager at Goddard Enterprises Ltd, Glenda Gilkes (left), chief Literary Arts judge Adonijah Alleyne and acting CEO at NCF, Andrea Wells, during the sponsorship launch.