Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Cuban, Haitian clash at 'literary' talks
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Title: Cuban, Haitian clash at 'literary' talks
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 8/29/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199889
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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GUYANA' A. J. Seym~our chats with Cuba's Suardiaz (left) while at right is Puerto
Rleo'' Miguel AIJtiknown for his poems of protest and who commented on the
struggles of Thir World writers in the battle for freedom.


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-THE first of a series of
literary discussions, organis-
ed for Carifesta, ended yes-
terday in strong disagree-
ment between Cuban and
Haitian representatives on
the interpretation of Afro-
culture and forced Guyanese
poet and writer, A. J. Sey-
mour, to manoeuvre, as
chairman of the occasion, to
keep tempers cool and bring
the programme to a prema-
ture conclusion.
Some 20 visiting Guyanese
and Caribbean writers and

Haitian clash

rary' talks

other resident poets, authors
and commentators, had
gathered at the Public Free
Library yesterday morning
for a literary discussion on
"The novel in he Caribbean."
Ismeth Khan, Trinidadian
novelist now lecturing in
the USA, speaking for the
writers of the English-
speaking Caribbean, c o m -
mented on the problems
which the "expatriate Carib-
bean writers" face in terms
of dialects with which they
were not as familiar as the
resident writers, and the
"myths" which they have to
make. The discussions move
along at an easy pace until
the Cuban, Dr. Luis tSurdiaz
and the Haitian, Dr. Rene
Piquion, rose to make their
The Cuban, speaking of
the emergence of the Afro-
Cuban culture, paid tribute
to the Cuban revolution, led
by Dr. Fidl Castro, which
made possible the develop.
ment of this culture, which
he defined as being largely
a mulatto culture. The 1959

revolution, he said, brought
a new sense of dignity to all
the people of Cuba.
The Haitian disagreed that
the culture of the people of
African descent in this hem-
isphere was mulatto in char-
acter, adding thai Haitian
culture was black, was pea-
sant, not European and not,
The Cuban made It clear
that he was speaking of the
Cuban society. while Dr.
Piquion spoke of Haiti
Further, in commenting to
a reference to the 'Haitian
revolution' which took place,
more than a century ago, Dr.
Suardiaz said that he would,
wish to talk of a revolution,
which in the context of de-
velopments in this century,.l
was a reality, a vibrant and
ongoing situation.
While some showed their
appreciation of the lengthy
dialogue between the Cuban
and Haitian, others did not
conceal their disapproval.
Eventually, Mr. Seymour
brought the discussion to a
close about 15 minutes before
the scheduled closure at
12.30 p.m:

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