The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs announced the winners of the Bermuda Literary Awards 2012, with the awards presented on Sunday [Mar 24] at the Grotto Bay Hotel by the Acting Minister of Community and Cultural Development Leah Scott. Each award carries a cash prize of $2,000.
The winners are:
- The Brian Burland Prize for Fiction: Goree: Point of Departure by Angela Barry
- The Cecile N. Musson Prize for Poetry: The Beachcomber’s Report by Paul Maddern
- Non-fiction: Bermuda and the Struggle for Reform: Race, Politics and Ideology, 1944-1998 by Walton Brown Jr.
- Drama: Emancipation: A Love Story by Kim Dismont Robinson
- Children and Young Adult Literature, joint prize: The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar & Daddy and I Explore… series by David Chapman
Although Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Folklife Officer Dr. Dismont Robinson was recognized for her contribution in the Drama category, she did not accept the cash prize because of her position within the Department.
The Bermuda Literary Awards were inaugurated by the Bermuda Government in 1999 to honour literary achievement by Bermuda’s writers. The Bermuda Literary Awards are administered by the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs.
The aims of the Bermuda Government in offering these awards are to recognize significant contributions to the development of Bermudian culture, to honour creative works and uphold the writer’s role in society and to preserve and promote the highest standards of Bermudian literature.
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