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  • Newly appointed Poet Laureate, Professor Mervyn Morris, is slated to participate in several engagements in the United Kingdom (UK) later this year.
  • Professor Morris has been invited by the Bristol City Council in England to participate in their annual Yardstick Festival, and Festival of Literature, in October.
  • The Bristol Festival of Literature is a nine-day programme of events and performances, dubbed ‘Unputdownable’, which celebrates and features the work of authors of novels, short stories, and poetry.

Newly appointed Poet Laureate, Professor Mervyn Morris, is slated to participate in several engagements in the United Kingdom (UK) later this year.

Professor Morris has been invited by the Bristol City Council in England to participate in their annual Yardstick Festival, and Festival of Literature, in October.

The Yardstick Festival is a programme of events featuring the work of writers in the African Diaspora. The initiative was launched in 2012, coinciding with the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations of Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Bristol Festival of Literature is a nine-day programme of events and performances, dubbed ‘Unputdownable’, which celebrates and features the work of authors of novels, short stories, and poetry.

Details  of Professor Morris’ participation was outlined  by State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, during his 2014/15 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on June 10, under the theme: ‘Progressing on the Path of Progress’.

Mr. Crawford informed that Professor Morris has also been invited by the University of Bristol, through its Poetry Institute Programme, to speak at their annual public reading and performance engagement, also slated for October.

The State Minister said Professor Morris’ engagements were scheduled following performances at this year’s staging of Arts in the Park in February, which showcased Jamaican poetry.

This, he noted, was attended by poetry enthusiasts from Bristol, who were instrumental in securing Professor Morris’ participation in the UK events.

Mr. Crawford further told the House that four other performers, whose talents were unearthed during this year’s Arts in the Park staging, are also scheduled to participate in an event associated with the Bristol Festival of Literature.

The State Minister hailed the success of the Arts in the Park initiative, initially staged in 2013, which he said has “borne much fruit.”

He also spoke about a cultural collaboration, dubbed ‘Jamaica Rising’, which has been established between the Ministry and Bristol City Council.

Meanwhile, Mr. Crawford said the Ministry intends to “capitalize” on the outputs of Jamaica’s recording and performing artistes, particularly during their overseas tours, to further market Jamaica in the global marketplace, as an ideal tourist destination.