Harmony Farrel has emerged as NGC Bocas Youth Writer for 2021. She is the winner of the first Intergender Youth Writer Award for young writers under 25 and based at TT, with a cash prize of $ 5,000.
Created by the Bocas Lit Fest and sponsored by the National Gas Company, the Pioneer Award seeks to find and celebrate writers in a wide range of literary genres, including poetry, dramaturgy, fiction, creative non-fiction, the journalism, screenwriting, spoken word writing, blogging and song lyrics.
The Youth Writer Award was launched as part of the inaugural NGC Bocas Youth Festival in August, which aims to create a space for young people in the Caribbean literary community, both as readers and writers, and to fill the gap between the program and reality. -global applications of literary arts.
Twenty-two nominations were submitted to a jury led by journalist and media consultant Franka Philip and comprising storyteller Paul Keens-Douglas, singer / songwriter Marge Blackman, writer Ricqcolia Phillip and poet and scholar Amilcar Sanatan. Out of a shortlist of six spoken word artists, bloggers and journalists Farrell came out on top.
The judges were impressed with the level of thoughtfulness and depth of quality that characterized the shortlisted entries, but Chief Justice Philip said: much needed in the mainstream. We believe Harmony’s work will have wide reach and great impact and we are confident that she has the potential to become a voice for her generation.
Alexandra Stewart, winner of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam in 2019 and 2020, received an honorable mention for her “creativity and insightful work”.
Judges rated the impact of writers’ work, using metrics such as creative influence, critical acclaim, online views, shares and reach, and the quality of the literary work in regards originality of thought and style, fluency in language and form, general creativity and the ability to influence readers.
For the Bocas Lit Fest, Jean Claude Cournand, who designed and managed the youth festival, expressed his gratitude to the judges, “for having accepted the difficult task of judging a multi-gender prize and thus recognizing the importance of the competition. Young Writers which highlights the breadth of writing and expression in which so many young people are engaged on a range of platforms.
About Harmony Hall
Harmony Farrell is a performer, educator, postgraduate researcher, and “talker of things in arts and culture” – that is, active critics of local theater, film and cultural presentations. His blogs are generally inspired by social media discourse, and his theater and film critics recognize the importance of commentary in developing the quality of local performances.
She is a master’s student in the Cultural Studies program at UWI, where she is currently working on her thesis on digital media on the theme of Memes as Mas: Negotiation of Backwardness through Humor in TT.