Professor Clem Seecharan, who is in Guyana at the invitation of the Culture Ministry, made a speech titled ‘To Write is to Learn’ at a gathering held on Thursday evening at Moray House Trust.
Professor Seecharan hails from East Canje, Berbice though he has been based in the United Kingdom for the last 25 years, a press statement said. A historian of the Indo-Caribbean experience and of West Indies cricket, Seecharan has written several books on both topics.
His presentation was based on a forthcoming book. To Write is to Learn: Finding Myself through History which will be published later this year by Peepal Tree Press. Seecharan discussed the works and impact of early Caribbean intellectuals such as LES Scholls and Blyden. He made note of the early West Indian cricket team and stalwarts such as Joe Solomon, Basil Butcher and others.
On a previous visit to Guyana in 2011, Seecharan read extracts from Mother India’s Shadow over El Dorado: Indo-Guyanese Politics and Identity, 1890s-1930s to a small gathering at Moray House Trust shortly before the Trust was formally launched.
Moray House Trust, a legacy of the late David de Caires, is a cultural initiative to foster and preserve artistic expression in Guyana. Since its inception, the Trust has hosted a series of book readings, book launches, poetry recitals, lectures, concerts and art exhibitions in pursuit of its mission.