Is it consumerism, or bibliophilia? I like to think that, because books are objects of learning, my book-buying binges are a positive thing. But am I deceiving myself? Am I really no different from those people breaking down the doors of Primark in the Boxing Day sales?
Anyway, you can see what I bought at Saturday’s book fair, part of the Bim Literary Festival at Queens Park in Bridgetown, Barbados. Some were signed by the author, like Winston Farrell’s Bustin’ the Blues and Courttia Newland’s short-story collection Music for the Off-key.
Both were writers I’d heard performing the night before at Bim Rock Variations, and as I liked their work I was happy to buy something and have a chance to chat briefly with them.
I also picked up another book by Kendel Hippolyte, Birthright, but although I saw him around the place I never got a chance to ask him to sign it. It’s a shame because the inscription he put in the front of the other book I bought from him the day before was the nicest I’ve ever seen:
The lover of the word completes the circle which the poet started.
It makes me feel very uncreative for the way I usually sign copies of my novel:
There was a full programme of events, but it was more relaxed than the three-hour poetry marathon the night before. It was a sunny afternoon in the park, and I moved around from tent to tent, listening to readings, chatting to authors and stall-holders, and, of course, buying more books!
I was too relaxed to take notes on what I was listening to, so I won’t go into a detailed breakdown of all the events, but here are some images of it. The authors you see in the photos are Glenville Lovell, Karen Lord, Austin Yearwood and Kerry Belgrave.
This was the final event of Bim Literary Festival 2012, for me at least. I skipped the readings by Derek Walcott, as I was all Walcotted out after a previous encounter. There was also an event in the countryside on Sunday, but I don’t have a car here and it would have been hard to get to by public transport.
In any case, three days were enough for me, and I feel as if I have a better idea now of the literary scene here in Barbados. A lazy afternoon in the park was a great way to finish it all off. Hope you enjoyed the series of posts on Bim Literary Festival 2012! For a roundup of other posts in the series, click here.