En­trants de­liver the write stuff

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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.

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