In commemoration of Barbados’ fiftieth year of Independence, the panel discussions of the Bim LitFest will focus on iconic texts around fifty years or over written by Barbadian and other Caribbean authors. There will also be discussion around the new generation of Barbadian writers pre and post Independence. Panel discussions will be held in the National Library.
Paule Marshall, a celebrated American writer of Barbadian parentage whose first novel celebrates her visits to Barbados in her childhood, will receive a Lifetime Achievement award presented by the Prime Minister.
In January 2016, Writers Ink Inc. begins a new radio progamme aired on Q100.7 entitled What’s That You’re Reading? This “Jubilee Series” (named for Independence celebrations) will feature the works of Barbadian writers mainly. The Bridgetown Literary Tour will also be expanded to include locations relevant to Independence: The Parliament Buildings, Government Headquarters and the Garrison Savannah, among others.
The special issue of BIM magazine in celebration of our 50th year of Independence will be launched (details below.)