When Independent VoYces speak out on November 24, 2012, it will be in a new venue, Scotchie’s and Walter’s Bar at Columbus Park in Discovery Bay. The event, which takes place annually, which was postponed and relocated due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, will run from 11am until 8pm and will incorporate the popular Jamaica Drums 4 Peace Drum Lyme. The event is free and open to the public.
Fair organizers, led by Judith Falloon-Reid and Hugh Shim, are excited about the move. “We were already suffering from a lack of adequate sponsorship,” they said, ” and then Sandy came along and made things worse. The management of Scotchie’s offered the use of their new location, an expansive wooden deck overlooking the sea at historic Columbus Park, fully equipped with all the amenities we needed to make the fair a success. Naturally, we jumped at the offer.”
The Independent VoYces Literary Fair, now in its third year, features a day of readings and poetry from a mix of new and established authors and poets. The Jamaica Drums for Peace Movement, also in its third year, began as a separate event to promote peace and send positive vibrations into the atmosphere. Last year, Judith and Hugh, organizers of both events, decided to combine them to create one larger event serving both purposes.
Among the highlights of the day will be featured performances by Lasana Bandele, recipient of this year’s Independent VoYces Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Michael Abrahams, recipient of the Independent VoYce Award. Included in the line up of authors and poets being featured are Barbara Blake-Hannah, reading from her work in progress The Moon has its Secrets, Melanie Schwapp, author of Dew Angels; Millicent Lynch, reading from her debut book of poetry, The Mirror of the Eyes and Judith Falloon-Reid reading from her latest novel, Are Mirrors Cleaner in Paradise? Veronica Carnegie, a festival favorite, will share her latest story, Cock-a-Doodle Doo. Featured poets include Dalton Spence and 10-year old Seychelle Doyley will be the featured child poet.
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