The 2017, DRP Writers' Retreat will be held at Good Hope Coach House, Trelawny, Jamaica. This year's mentor is Professor Olive Senior, Author of Her poetry books are Shell, (shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award), Over the roofs of the world (shortlisted for Canada's Governor-General's Literary Award and Cuba's Casa de las Americas Prize), Gardening in the Tropics (winner of the F.J. Bressani Literary Prize), and Talking of Trees. A bilingual edition (English/French) of her poetry was published by Le Castor Astral in 2014 under the title Un Pipiri m'a dit/A Little Bird Told Me.
Her work has been widely taught in schools and universities internationally. Summer Lightning has been a literature textbook in Caribbean schools and Gardening in the Tropics has been a poetry textbook for the CAPE syllabus as well the International baccalaureate. or Literature Caribbean Awards Best Book of Poetry 2016 and Gold Musgrave Medalist, 2014.
Imagine the bustle of downtown, Kingston; add a sea breeze, the shadow of an old Opera House and Nessum Dorma from Puccini's Turandot.
This project seeks to impose new sounds on familiar sounds. From traditional arias to famous jazz rifts these pieces would be played or performed in markets, parks and other public areas.