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Nov 6, 2014

Kalilah Enriquez & Jorge Awe Honoured at BBIA Awards

Jorge David Awe

The top two winners, Kalilah Enriquez and Jorge David Awe are both from the Diaspora and are living in Jamaica and Canada, respectively. While Enriquez was unable to make it for the ceremonies, Awe attended and spoke to the media about the inspiration behind his short story, set in San Ignacio.

 

Jorge David Awe, 2nd Prize, Belize Literary 2014

“I tried to stick to the theme that was presented by the BBIA. So just to give you a quick synopsis; it is a story about an old gentleman who is marginalized, ostracized, living on the edge of town  and this young man has always been curious about why so he uses this opportunity doing a class project to go interview him to find out why. He finds out that this man actually retreats into his living room because inside his living room he is not being judged; he gets to experience the best possible life he gets to live contrary to what he is experiencing outside. In the end, after the old man passes away, the young man changes. He is the only one that changes. The town goes back to being who they were.  My passion for writing was actually literally accidental. I had an injury about eight years ago diving into a pool, where I fractured my neck. I spent some time at home recovering and I have two daughters who were born and bred in Canada and didn’t know that much about Belize. So I started writing down what I thought were significant occurrences in my life to preserve for them. I guess it kinda just this moment of enlightenment. And then when I was trying my hand at that, I gave it to some friends to read and they said, you know, have you ever thought about publishing. And I said, are you kidding, this is just for entertainment and my kids. And so that was the geneses, literally by accident.”

 

The Belize Literary Prize 2015 was also launched today; there will be no restriction by a theme and both short stories and dramas will be accepted. 

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