London, the seat of governance of British Empire, is geared up for a literary tribute that recognises the relationship and influences on the rich repertoire of fiction from Trinidad and Tobago.
LondonTTown, the fifth in a series of international tributes by author of LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from
Trinidad and Tobago, Kris Rampersad, takes place in mid July.
Among those who
will join Rampersad at the LiTTribute will be Director of the Commonwealth
Foundation, Vijay Krishnarayan.
was born in Central Trinidad, took the reins of the London-based foundation
last year, after serving as deputy director. He was a former managing partner
of the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and has had an enduring
interest in environment management, land use planning and empowerment of civil
“This link with
land use and the environment through Krishnarayan is not accidental,” Rampersad
said, noting that LiTTscapes
celebrates the physical and natural environment and its pictorial representations
of the islands’ landscapes through the eyes of some 60 writers in more than 100
works of fiction on Trinidad and Tobago. She added:
“Nor is the
connection with civil society, as all our efforts are to reposition the
creative sector towards self sustenance through national and international
networking and partnerships and enterprises. We are trying to encourage
conversations and interactions between the multiple dimensions of the
development agenda in which the creative sector has a central role.
speak on the theme LiTTerary ReTTributions drawing from life and fictional experiences
and explore the impact of not only British literature on Trinidad and Tobago,
but also in forging cultural connections with the entire British empire and the
London, Garvin Nicholas said: “The High Commission embraced this opportunity to
host showcasing of LiTTscapes – Landscapes of Fiction from Trinidad and Tobago
and its associated LiTTours and LiTTevents as the kind of innovative and out of
box synergies were are trying to promote in our international outreach. We are
well aware of the potential of the vision being articulated in LiTTscapes,
located as we are in London - a city that has such a dynamic association with
Said Rampersad: “As
with other LiTTributes held earlier this year – to the Mainland in Guyana and
to the Antilles in Antigua - this will
encourage rethinking how we may better
engage with and utilise the rich literary outpourings as represented in
LiTTscapes to develop synergies with the international community for social and
economic development in out of the box synergies including for film, music,
entertainment and education sectors.
to LondonTTown follows similar connections held with the South American
continent in Guyana earlier this year and the Caribbean island archipelago in
Antigua in March, after the book’s launch as aprt of the independence jubilee
celebrations in 2012 and the ensuing LiTTribute to the Republic. Other such
activities are earmarked for North America and Asia in 2014.
Rampersad who is
a journalist and educator in Caribbean culture and heritage noted that
LiTTscapes represents this relationship from the earliest writings of Sir
Walter Raleigh to the current day among them many who made London their home as
Naipaul, Selvon, Lakshmi Seetaram-Persaud and others.
LiTTscapes has been acclaimed as a
groundbreaking pictoral yet encyclopaedic compendium of the lifestyles,
landscapes, architecture, cultures, festivals and institutions in its full
colour easy reading documentary/travelogue/biography representation of Trinidad
and Tobago and its fiction.
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