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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Who would YOU come dressed as?

September is the month of Literacy Awareness; October is Education Month. ArtsEtc marks both with a series of blogs on literature and literacy, beginning with a fun idea from the Barbados Association of Reading.


COME dressed as a character from your favourite storybook or novel!

The invitation from the Barbados Association of Reading (BAR) regarding its Walk for Literacy, now being held on Saturday, October 2, is just too sweet to resist.

My daughter wants to go as Ruby – the smart, fun-loving heroine of the popular children’s series Ruby and the Booker Boys. Her cousin was planning to go as Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz. The spokesperson for the reading association fancies herself as Mary Poppins!

Me — I’m still deciding. I’ve always thought that Timothy Callender’s novel How Music Came to the Ainchan People would make an excellent theme for a costume band (back in the day when more bandleaders did stuff like that.) Certainly would be a great way to promote homegrown literature. (Maybe the folks at Diasporic Arts could tackle Ainchan on stage after they get through with The It So Happen Suite which is also based on Callender’s writing.) On October 2, though, I might walk as Armienne—Callender’s no-nonsense, turtle shell-stringed instrument of Ainchan harmony. We shall see...

But who would YOU dress up and walk as, given the chance? A character from the books you enjoyed as a child or from something you’ve read lately?

Meanwhile, please make a note of the Walk. It starts opposite the Public Library, Independence Square, Bridgetown, at 7:30 a.m. Walkers will travel through Nelson Street, Bayville and Beckles Road ending up on Browne’s Beach for breakfast, readings and games. It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about reading, the love of books and the need to promote and protect this aspect of our cultural heritage. ArtsEtc will be walking...


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