BWSI 2011 Guest Writer

The Bahamas Writers Summer Institute is excited to announce this year’s featured Guest Writer, George Lamming. In addition to a public lecture at the College of the Bahamas’ Harry C. Moore Library on Thursday, July 14th, 7pm, Mr. Lamming will give a reading from current works on Saturday evening, July 16th, at a location to be announced, and will teach two master classes, one in fiction 10am-1pm on Saturday July 16th, and the other in poetry, 10am-1pm on Sunday, July 17th, also at the College of the Bahamas. The cost of the master classes is $30 per class. The lecture and reading are free, and all events are open to the public.

George Lamming of Barbados, a distinguished visiting professor at Brown University, is one of the Caribbean’s finest intellectuals and foremost literary artists.  He is, in addition, a literary and cultural critic. His works comprise poetry, several novels of which “In the Castle of My Skin” and “Season of Adventure” are the most well known, and essays on Caribbean culture and history such as “The Pleasures of Exile” and “Sovereignty of the Imagination”.  He has been a leading voice in the understanding and shaping of the Caribbean personality and politics. 

“Lamming exploded onto the literary scene in 1953 with his first novel In the Castle of My Skin which won the Somerset Maugham Award for literature, and was championed by leading writers and intellectuals such as Jean Paul Sartre and Richard Wright. In the Castle of My Skin, a novel about a Caribbean childhood and the realities of colonialism remains the most widely read of West Indian novels. Lamming, author of six novels, describes himself as a “political novelist” and has been closely involved in the political and cultural events of the Caribbean and Commonwealth over the last 50 years, remaining an astute critic and commentator on political, historical and cultural events” (www.

The Bahamas Writers Summer Institute is a Caribbean centered creative writing program located in the heart of Nassau at the College of the Bahamas Campus. BWSI 2011 begins on July 4th, and is still open to writers of all levels in poetry, fiction, memoir, screenwriting and playwriting. Visit the BWSI 2011 Application page and download an application. Email us at


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