The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) officially launched the 2023 Creative Writing Exhibition as a part of its annual Creative Writing Awards Ceremony at the Summit in New Kingston on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.
The Exhibition of award-winning pieces will be taken on an all-island tour of all Parish Libraries as a part of the ongoing collaboration between the JCDC and the Jamaica Library Service (JLS). The tour is set to kick off at the Kingston St. Andrew Parish Library and will subsequently visit 13 other parish libraries between November 2023 and July 2024.
The launch of the Exhibition was an integral part of what is now regarded as a prestigious award ceremony, celebrating the exceptional achievements of writers who achieved the highest scores in this year’s competition.
The Needed Alignment
Mr. Andrew Brodber, Director of Arts Development and Training at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), highlighted the significance of the occasion, emphasizing that the exhibition tour aligns with the JCDC’s mandate to showcase and preserve the best of Jamaica’s culture.
“The JCDC is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and Jamaica is celebrating its 61st. Therefore, this occasion holds particular significance as it serves as a testament to the ongoing showcasing, archiving, and preservation of Jamaica’s culture. Over the years, the Commission has collaborated with the Jamaica Library Service to exhibit the winning works in each parish. In August of this year, a partnership was formed with the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), which will see the works being handed over to them at the end of the tour to become part of the National Archive,” shared Brodber.
To Be Honoured
The overall best writer in this year’s competition, Clyve Bowen, expressed sheer excitement about being awarded the top prize and knowing that his work will be showcased in all 14 parishes for people to interact with.
He said, “Although I am an experienced writer, having started my writing journey at the age of 13, I was in total shock when I heard my name announced as the winner of the coveted top prize. It is an awesome feeling of elation and gratitude for my work to be included in this year’s exhibition. I hope that the members of the reading/viewing public will feel inspired to let their own talent shine so that they, too, can be an inspiration to the rest of Jamaica and the world.”
Admission to the Writing Exhibition is free, making it an inclusive and accessible event for all. Persons are encouraged to visit the JCDC’s website at www.jcdc.gov.jm and follow its social media pages: Instagram & Twitter: @jcdcjamaica, and Facebook: Jamaica Cultural Development Commission for additional information.