The Gloria Lyn Literary Circle was born out of desire to promote the love of literature, reading and the spoken word.
All graduates who are interested are invited to share thei ideas and suggestions, to meet others interested in "things literary" virtually in this space and to enjoy the new dimensions added to their lives through the appreciation of literature.
The late Gloria Lyn was a lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English at the UWI and influenced and guided students and graduates from all over the Caribbean, many of whom are not involved in careers that would traditionally be considered by graduates of Literature. Her daughters, Cathy and Marjanne, have set up the Gloria Lyn Memorial Prize in her honour to encourage and promote the LOVE of Literature. Donations to the Gloria Lyn Memorial Prize are welcome!
"We created the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund at The University of the West Indies to celebrate the efforts of Gloria Lyn and all past students who have used the opportunity that The University of the West Indies has provided them to transform their lives and those around them through the study of literature."
Cathy and Marjanne Lyn
The Gloria Lyn Prize for West Indian Literature will be awarded annually starting in November 2014. This will be a prize of US$500 and it will go to the second year student with the highest marks in any of the West Indian Literature courses at Mona. We anticipate adding an annual scholarship when sufficient funds accumulate.
Gloria influenced many of her students both in the lecture hall and in their personal lives. She stimulated their minds in the classroom by encouraging her students to think for themselves. She offered help and advice with career choices and she "mothered" her students, particularly those who were far from home for the first time.
We hope that you will join us in keeping her legacy alive for the students who will one day excel in English and West Indian Literature and who will in turn, pass on her appreciation and love of literature.
The Advisory Board
We have established an Advisory Board to guide the planning of literary events, build the Gloria Lyn Literary Circle and monitor the Fund. This board comprises:
- Celia Davidson Francis - Director, UWI Alumni Relations
- Dr. Michael Bucknor - Public Orator - UWI Mona Campus and one of Gloria's past students
- The Reverend Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones - Priest for Pastoral Care and Community/Staff Vestry Chaplin Trinity Wall Street NY and one of Gloria's past students
- Marjanne Lyn - Gloria's daughter
- Cathy Lyn - Gloria's Daughter