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September 2018 — Volume 12 , Issue 9
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PROMOTING THE VISION: “By the Year 2020 more visitors will be attracted to The Bahamas by Bahamian Art,
Culture and Heritage than by merely sun, sand and sea.”


‘Hope & Grace’ Photos 1
Doongalik News 2
Creative Nassau/SeaWords Festival 3
Persons have been calling regularly to inquire as to
when the Doongalik Farmer‟s Market will resume.

We are just as anxious as our inquiring public to re-
start the Market but must „await the word‟ from our
It is always a pleasure for Doongalik to host Penelope diligent, hardworking farmers as to when their
Nottage‟s fundraising event which takes place every two years,
promoting the artwork of young, emerging artists with part proceeds crops will be ready for harvesting, hopefully within
going towards a selected charity! Please come out to the Gallery this the next month!
month to support!
We trust that the public is eating more healthy food
Photos of
Penelope and in the meantime, and being more health conscious
the young
concerning the VAT-free breadbasket items being
from the 2016 offered in the food stores!

Planning has already begun for TS2019 under the theme “Sustainability” at our Bahamian Art Galleries….watch this space!
Thanks to Rosemary C. Hanna for this stunning Exuma seascape photograph

Can you Haiku? is the question by which SeaWords Bahamas and title sponsor
ALIV are challenging Bahamians to get producing poetry and other forms of
writing, both literary and commercial. The poem that tops all the other entries to
the SeaWords/ALIV Haiku Contest will bring the winner the award of an I-Phone
X and the runner up an I-Phone 8, generously offered by ALIV.

This creative contest is a forerunner to Creative Nassau‟s SeaWords Bahamas
Literary Festival and Writers‟ Conference, which is scheduled to take place
November 9 to 11 at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Central to the three-day conclave

will be a series of workshops and panel discussions dedicated to promoting several different genres of writing. Attendees will have the opportunity to
interact with local and international publishers.
Highlights of the weekend will include a grand presentation by the United Kingdom‟s poet laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy. “A SeaWords Evening”, and
the opening reception which will feature nine outstanding Bahamian poets and writers: Marion Bethel, Patrice Francis, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Helen
Klonaris, Lelawattee (Asha) Manoo-Rahming, Eric Rose, Thea Rutherford, Zemi Stewart and Ide Thompson. The Festival will close with a “Bahamian-
Everything” party. All of the foregoing are ticketed events.

Chair of the SeaWords and poet/writer, Patricia Glinton-Meicholas explained what a haiku is and why the organizers chose to explore this form of writing
for the contest.

“The haiku is a three-line poetic form that originated in Japan but spread worldwide. It is very short—just three lines, and follows a distinct pattern. The
first line of the poem must have only five syllables, the second line has seven, and the third line has five syllables.

“The main challenge is to fit a really striking, memorable thought into that compressed space. Every word must count to express visuals, sound and,
above all, sense. “The second challenge is that somewhere in the haiku, the poet must include either the words „SeaWords Be ALIV‟ or „BeALIV‟,” Glin-
ton-Meicholas said.

The SeaWords team says that contest participation is fairly easy overall and is an important element of the goals of the festival/conference.

“The contest is open to residents of The Bahamas who are at least 15 years old. To enter, just „like‟ and follow the SeaWords Bahamas Literary Festival
and „like‟ and follow Aliv on Facebook (@MyAliv) or Instagram (@iamaliv). Either submit your poem to the e-mail address, or
on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #seawordsbealiv and reference a minimum of four of your friends when you post your haiku poem online
(Example: @myfriend‟sname). Your friends must have an active Facebook or Instagram account.

“We emphasize that all poem entries must be a true haiku—5-7-5 syllable lines. Those persons who do not follow this pattern will be disqualified. Now
open, the contest closes at 11:59 Eastern Time, 12 October 2018,” Neko Meicholas, SeaWords marketing and communication director advised.

“Making the Haiku Contest a prominent part of the SeaWords three-day event allows for wide inclusion and underscores what Creative Nassau is all
about. Promoting the creative industries—the „Orange Economy‟—is one of our organization‟s primary focal points. Bahamians are very talented in this
respect and we want to get more of our people engaged in developing their creative abilities for personal and economic advancement. The creative
industries generate trillions of dollars globally,” Pam Burnside, President, Creative Nassau said.

For more information, those wishing to participate can find the full Haiku Contest description and rules at, on Facebook
(@seawordsfestival) or Instagram (@seawordsfestival).

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