Novelist against Govt.
patronage of the Arts
By RASCHID OSMAN
BARBADIAN 'author AuI-
tin Clarke regards the reso-
lution accepted at last w4ek's
epfer?!? of writea-.sand.
arht- at the University of
Guyana as not representative
of all that 'had fbeep dis-
cussed betorehandt*nd aWs
being dangerousu" 'because
of the heavy Governiment
spoasoshiip it calls fair. .
"Already in Giyana there
is an obvious pa tronage of-
the arts that has a political'
veneer and I feel that it:.( 1
Government wanted to hbel'
the arts, it should be gone
about in a more subtle man-
ner,* novetst Clarke toid
the Sunday Graphic just a
few hours before he left for
his home ia Canada.
"I am against the very word
secretariat being used," he
said, speaking of the body
called for in the resolution,
to plan future festivals in
"And why tan I hvaing
1sh? T- HH B1 k Calhbroad? Not, because as so
ons n Wemt iany sy, that I had to go
Sboutside to be accepted. I a
To ermse tMtM thbea e_ Ora livig i Caada beuawe I
haave become so disgruntled'
s.And i the ptpose of with the West Indies. I can-
os. dt he Po otive ere aain, thoie
the Iooted secretariat -a in not liveThere again, thou
get governnit o' give I am WltUg to' contribute
noiey for the Caites" tk : from outside."
to ineveilgate and prombe As n fo r returnia to
art, t hen the secretariat Ausin Clar ke Ca re
should not haie a desk in the feta, Austin Clarke wi sure
Carzftpi office ,he claims tha he never wilrl.
Clake is Of the view t' "What Ihey have dore :,ere
ilake sr f the o ie w that is to try to organize art. And
tian Carifeasta bd e needed ar ar nnot be organised," he
Ssptet from the very bottom sa.
einsunmi that te art inms Aust1in Clarke. rlke any
pmaotlbed are the forms other rtiiqt. afeel0 t01t inv
whiih really relate to the form of ritual can oly stifle
pMoIpale and not j infte free wh thes so
elite who take it upon them- mnhh a pafr oe Ihe snst
aeeltesto tead the people ht mucd a Pt of
they must' appreciate.
LThis very n4iPrWteiipa-
t" by the people w- wvery AUSTIN CLARKE
evident io Oa.Wiest. acoord-
i k. to- eMr. Cla e k. ribme. We do that all the
-nDO-atiPatbd by the Ia- On the question of a West
do- Guanese and the orddin- Indian publing house,
ary peoipe and blamed the Clarke feels that the expe-
Daadidesta administrator for tise for audh a venture could
not really taking -the festival saurelb be found in the regaody
to the people and he consiCdemu absur
"Why- did poets have to claims made at the George-
r-ead poetry en the library town conference th t the
where a cediainan had to was a degree of i$lhteracy
telle us that: the session is among West Indians which
closed and that so and so would make much a venture
wi~i tvied his work? What is impodsble.
wong with reading in the He said that Iteracy in
plblli parks where everyone uhe region could adt be
ran ass and stop and bsten? ji dgeda by standard brought
"Why did we the writers fhiom outside and the onus
mot meet the real pewop~kt was on the Calibbean
'We wPitae a9eout pec~l and writer to produce literature
all we meit were bureaucrats which related and couad be
and such type Why .were grasped by the people in
the rusidl~ma not allowed to the region.
meet local musican and 'Bdt he hidaseet wi never
play for thenn" have his work pubisthbed in
The Barlbadian vows that the Cairtibbean, as this would
-he will never attend another bot be "flaindially advisa-
Carifesta as he was put off We."
thbi time by the "obsoenlitly" The success of a regional
of having wti'tera come to pulbblhing house, be said.
Guyana and do nothing. also depended on a changing
He recalled that in 1970 of attitude among the peo-
writers in GuIyaina for a con- ple, whltdh would make tllhem
ferenic read their works to realim why it i necessary
wchold chiiidrien mnd then for tlem to read a West la-
exphianed what they had dia~anoirel bedowe they read
tried' to say. those by other authors.
"I have gained nlrthng And lt is also very danger-
fiom' Carjifedta. There s no ous for the publishing house
novel or story I can white to be operated by the Gov-
after coming here. enrmneat. Clarke feels that
"Of course I can write a any Governnent-oun house
commentary on Guyana, but will certainly not puMlish a
I couf' have come on my work that is critical. of its
own todo that. Writers do Iadmia~strattion.
not need a Caritfesta to con-