ACCLAIMED Saint Lucian writer, Adrian Augier, was the featured guest at the Saint Lucia Writers’ Forum’s inaugural “The Laureate’s Chair” held at the Central Library in Castries recently.
The poet read from his two published collections, “Bridge Maker” and “Navel String”, during his one-hour-long presentation. As a custom of “The Laureate’s Chair”, he also read a Derek Walcott poem of his choice.
The small but appreciative audience comprised members of the St. Lucia Writers’ Forum, (SLWF) formed in 1998 by a small group of writers looking for an avenue to showcase their creative expressions.
Among the audience members were 1992 Nobel Prize-winner, Derek Walcott, and his partner, Sigrid Nama.
After the reading, audience members got an opportunity to interact with both Augier and Walcott; the latter seemed to be in great spirits on the night as he reflected on his long writing career.
“The Laureate’s Chair” will be a regular feature and will showcase some of the island’s top wordsmiths. The reading is open to anyone who loves great poetry.
Meanwhile, SLWF member Kensley Charlemagne is inviting interested writers – seasoned and budding – to join the SLWF which meets at the Central Library every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. Membership is free.