Friday, June 12, 2009

One of the legacies of CARIFESTA X!

-The Caribbean's first publishing house to be established in Guyana!

Professor David Dabydeen

Subsequent to a commitment made by President Bharrat Jagdeo during CARIFESTA X last August, the first publishing house in the Caribbean is now being established in Guyana.
The President has allocated US$100,000 annually towards the execution of the project which was manifested out of a symposium attended by the President and well known writers including Dereck Walcott and Earl Lovelace who felt that a Caribbean publishing house would be another institution that would further unite the Caribbean.

Editor of the press, Professor David Dabydeen, in a recent interview alluded to the view of some Caribbean writers who felt that for too long they have been subjected to the imperialistic process where the raw material of their imagination had to be sent to London to be converted into a book and then return to them at a high price.
"The Caribbean publishing house is meant to address these issues …if we are to be truly independent we can establish a publishing house …that could be something of excellence,” Professor Dabydeen said.
The press would provide jobs while increasing the intellectual capacity as well as the printing capacity in Guyana.

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