April 23rd is celebrated every year all over the world as World Book and Copyright Day to commemorate the cultural and other importance of the book.
This year’s theme was ‘Tell A Story’. As literature is intrinsincly linked to national development, it is important that it is celebrated every year and The Gambia is no exception.
The Writer’ Association of The Gambia also celebrated this day with a series of programmes beginning on Thursday the 26th to Saturday the 28th of April 2019.
On Thursday they held an inter-senior secondary school essay competition at the Ebunjan Theathre and later that day, twenty-six (26) Gambian writers were honoured with awards for their contribution to Gambian literature.
On Friday they held a symposium at the Alliance Francaise where scholars were invited to deliver lectures on the life, convictions and legacy of Dr Lenrie Peters, the Father of Gambian Literature. The programme was well attended and was a huge success.
On Saturday, the Association held its long awaited congress in which they elected a young and dynamic executive which is expected to move the Association to another level.
The new executive of the Writers’ Association of The Gambia is poised to inject new blood in the life of literature in the country.