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Special event- SILK COTTON: The Caribbean Supernaturals, reclaiming oral traditional folklore and lost identities.

8 August 2024
6pm arrival for a 6:30pm start!

Book Launch and Talk: SILK COTTON with Colleen Douglas and special guests discussing Guyanese and Caribbean folklore.

Join us for an immersive evening learning all about Colleen Douglas' new book 'SILK COTTON' and the wider context that inspired it. Colleen will be joined by experts for an evening like no other!

Peter has always been told “the stories” like every child in the Caribbean. The tales of the ancients bound to the Silk Cotton tree, the Supernatural monsters of Myths and Legends, whispered in hush tones lest the speaker be heard and meet with an untimely fate. Then the day arrived, when the woman who had been his “mother”, was struck down by something that could only have come from his worst nightmares. Now Peter’s once ordered world crashes into stark reality. Grace Silk Cotton- The legendary Supernatural Churlie Queen and enforcer between the worlds, is his real mother. The Monsters are REAL, HE is one and the prophetic fight for supremacy, survival, the stories and SILK COTTON has begun.

SILK COTTON: The Caribbean Supernaturals, reclaiming oral traditional folklore and lost identities.

Breakdown

6.30pm Welcome and Introductions.

6.40 What Silk Cotton is about in the context of oral traditions in Guyana.

7. 00pm Superstitions, beliefs in Folklore and their lasting influence in Caribbean culture.

7.15pm Prof: John Jennings- (University of California- Riverside , Cultural and Media Studies) The Tree and The Truth

7.20pm Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa- Guyanese cultural traditions on folklore stories.

7.40pm Dr Colleen Douglas- On the lofty ideals and comic influence in Guyana and reclaiming the stories.

8.00pm Meeting the Supernaturals -Immersive experience.

8.15pm Questions and closing.

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