Nature Island Literary Festival Committee Launches Reading Challenge

footage (1)The Nature Island Literary Festival (NILF) Committee, in collaboration with Dominica Reading Association (DRA), will host a National Reading Challenge initiative for students aged 10 to 15 living in Dominica from April 1 to August 31, 2014.

The National Reading Challenge is a free ‘Book of the Month’ Club for children and teens.

The books to be read for this year’s challenge are as follows: April: Abraham’s Treasure by Joanne Skerrett, May: Brother Man by Roger Mais, June: Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul, July: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid and August: Ti-Jean and His Brothers by Derek Walcott.

The competition will be open to any student who has participated in the reading challenge posting at least one blog entry.

Coordinator of the National Reading Programme, Dr. Schuyler Esprit says the goal of the reading challenge is to engage students in literacy and literature and to encourage them to use digital technology.

The final element will be an essay competition, which will be formally announced in July 2014.

The essay competition will ask students to reflect on issues of social change, using some of the stories they have read, to explain how each of them can make a positive impact on their local and global communities.

Winners, selected by an independent panel of judges, will be announced during the 2014 Nature Island Literary Festival.

To participate, students must register at the NILF website: or call 767 225 8998.

The first 25 students to register will receive free copies of the books.

All the books are available through the Roseau Public Library and Nature Island Literary Festival for loan.

Once they have registered, students will be contacted and provided with the reading material.

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