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Jul 16, 2009

Ray Lightburn writes a tale to independence

Story PictureBob Dylan’s, “When you got nothing, you ain’t got nothing to lose,” was the inspiration for the most recent release of a local literary piece. The author: sixty-seven year old Ray Lightburn says that ‘Nothing to Lose’ is a recollection of the history of Belize through his eyes. Lightburn, who was once a successful union activist, politician and writer admits he has made a few wrong turns in life but wants a second chance. For the last couple of years in his good moments, Lightburn says he has been writing about his experiences on the historical journey to independence. The publication was launched today at the Image Factory where we caught up with a clean, shaven and dressed up Lightburn.

Ray Lightburn, Author, Nothing to Lose
“I want especially the young people of Belize to know about the struggles and the sacrifice we made to get our independence against all odds. It’s not about his story, Ray Lightburn’s story, it is more about the country and what we did to achieve our independence and prosperity and freedom—about freedom and peace in a region that was full of wars, civil wars and turmoil.”

Yasser Musa, Editor
“I thought of Ray as this great entertainer—this guy that had an amazing power with words and an amazing ability to tell a story. So I think it is just to all get to read his story.”

The book is available at the Image Factory for fifteen dollars.

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