So, what do you when you start to come down from a natural high? Grab hold of the high lights of course. So, with kudos to the organizers of The International Congress of Caribbean Writers, held at the Langley Resort Fort Royal, April 10th to 14th in Guadeloupe, here are my personal highlights:
1. I danced with Earl Lovelace It was the last night of the Congress and the vibes were good. My limin’ companion for most of the cocktails and dinner was Earl Lovelace, an award winning writer of great renown for books like The Wine of Astonishment, the Dragon Can’t Dance, and Is Just a Movie. He was extremely generous and so down to earth (and fun), I almost (almost but not quite) forgot I was talking to one of our literary icons. At some point, after a captivating French Creole dance presentation, wine, food, and talk, the Trini and Waladli in our bloods heard the music…and then we danced.
2. The moment right after my panel… Considering how nervous I was about presenting, the positive feedback to my presentation felt like a long, soothing shower of appreciation, respect and RELIEF. “Nice speech,” said one writer. “Perfect,” said another.