Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Writers' session at Umana Yana : But press ordered to leave meeting
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Title: Writers' session at Umana Yana : But press ordered to leave meeting
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Singh, Rickey
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/6/1972
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: CA00199934
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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session at Umana Yana

But Press ordered

to leave meeting

AUTHORS and poets of
the English-speaking Carib-
bean, who like to believe that
ihey are in touch with the
people and who share the
need for more open and
meaningful dialogues, yester-
day asked the Press to leave
J session they had at the'
Vmana Yana in Kindston be-
cause they would prefer to
be left to themselves to dis-
cuss how best they can con-
tribute to regional cultural
co-operation and advance-
But inasmuch as it was an
unrepresentative r o up
which took this decision,
the purpose of the meeting
was very important: "How
to sustain the cultural in-
terest, deepened by CARL
FEBTA '72.
In May this year, the
Caribbean Regional Secre-
tariat, marked the fourth
anniversary of the Caribbean
Free Trade Association by
the publication of a book:
"From CARIFTA to Carib-
bean Community," in which
it discussed the need for
increased facilities for cultu-
ral co-operation in the region
- both English and non-
English speaking.

Umana Yana session at the
time the Preas was asked to
The meeting, which was
a folow-up to an inifoTral
discussion 'ietwenili Prime
Minister Forbes Burnham
and some of the writers,
agreed to issue a Press re.
lease later in the 'day to ex-
plain how they would like
to involve the Regional
Secretariat and the govern-
ments of the area in their
In order for next month's
Summit of Carifesta Heads
of Government to advance
'the suggestion. of the Re-
gional Secretariat or to bene-

Errol M%- Trnlk&ad..

fit from the proposal of the
authors and poets attending
Caaiesta, the governments
of the area are expected to
work out immediately their
individual position on the
issue of regional cultural
At present the Regional
Secretariat' is busily engaged
preparing for next month's
And tomorrow the authors,
artists, poets, musicians and
others will be meeting at the
University of Guyana for a
two-day conference from
which it Is hoped that the
public will benefit from their
discussions and decisions.

Debr, Burlanm John FISuer,, Jamakca.

SSince then, some 45
authors. poets, playwrights
and critics were invited to I
CARIFESTA. Some well-
known names in the field of
West Indian literature, such
as C. L. R. James, Andrew
Salkey, Wilson Harris
George Lamming, Vidia Nai-
paul, John Hearne, Vie
Reid and Orlando Patterson
are not here. A notable ab-
sentee is Guyanese author,
E. R. Braithwaite, our
former Ambassador .to the
United Nations, known for
hit celebrated novel, "To
Sir With Love."
Of those wbo came, Jan
Carew, Slade Hopkinson
and Ivan Van Sertima have
returned to their bases of
operation in and out of the
-The Clbans have left, and
the Haitians were not repre-
sented a- yesterday meet
ing at t:e UL'ana Yean, A
number of ytyanese and
West Laiad authors and
Poets caibned that they did
1ot know about the MSei#g,
And of Invited authMfiwS
poets, playwhwtds aCaerities
still here, only eight wer
miong the 11 present at the

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