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Presenting Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica

 

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Lorna Goodison CD was officially invested as the Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2017-2020.

Despite the heavy rains the day before, the glittering Ballroom at King’s House was filled with dignitaries, well wishers, and lovers of poetry alike who gathered to witness this important moment in Jamaica’s cultural history.

Today, we’re sharing some highlights from the Ceremony.

 

 

With pride and joyful expectation, we welcome our new Poet Laureate, Lorna Gaye Goodison. Poetry will prosper.

Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh CD

Poet Laureate of Jamaica Committee

His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor-General presents Lorna Goodison as the Poet Laureate of Jamaica
Master of Ceremonies, Fae Ellington
Tribe Sankofa performs WORD SOUL: The Lorna Goodison Edition
National Librarian, Mrs. Winsome Hudson, speaks on the Poet Laureate of Jamaica Programme
Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna Goodison addresses the gathering in the King's House Ballroom

 

Goodison is a past student of St. Hugh’s High School for Girls. There were several St. Hugh’s ‘old girls’ in attendance who burst into a rousing rendition of the school song as Goodison was presented with a bouquet of roses by St. Hugh’s sixth form student, Brianna Miller.

 

St. Hugh's High School student Brianna Miller presents the Poet Laureate with a bouquet of roses
Past Students of St. Hugh's High School sing their school song at the Ceremony of Investiture of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica
Past Students of St. Hugh's High School sing their school song at the Ceremony of Investiture of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica
Members of the Goodison family join in celebrating the Investiture of Lorna Goodison as the Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2017-2020
Norman McCallum, Rosina Moder, and Peter Ashbourne filled the Ballroom with beautiful music at the Ceremony of Investiture
Newly invested Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2017-2020, Lorna Goodsion, stands with Poet Laureate of Jamaica 2014-2017, Mervyn Morris,