As part of Honouring Women Month, the March gathering of Floetry is themed Voices of Eve.
The creative writing and performance event takes place at Books & Books in Camana Bay on Wednesday, 14 March at 7pm and is presented in partnership with the Family Resource Centre, Miriam Foster said.
“Honouring Women Month is celebrating its 14th year in Cayman Islands and centres around International Women’s Day on 8 March,” she says. “This year, the ceremony will actually be held in Camana Bay from 5.30pm to 8pm.
“We do many activities that highlight women and provide families with opportunities to spend time together,” Ms Foster says. “The Family Resource Centre is an agency that provides psycho educational programmes and support for families, young mums, domestic violence victims, at-risk groups and the general public.”
One floet looking forward to the performance is Annikki Brown, whose writing endeavours began with a creative writing course before she was drawn to the popular event.
“Writing by yourself can be fulfilling but only up to a point – you never know if you’re any good, you think you’re pretty weird, and you don’t actually see the opportunities that writing can create,” she says. “Being in the company of other writers has given me a sense of community, validation (I’m not crazy to wake up every morning and pick up a pen), it has given me very valuable feedback and a sense of direction. Floetry and the writing class have together inspired me to take my writing to the next level.”
Inspiration, Annikki says, comes from anything that moves her deeply or confuses her. She’s currently embarking on writing her debut novel, for example.
“The intensity of what I feel – be it excitement, anger, fear, affection – can sometimes be overpowering for those around me if I unload on them,” she says. “I discovered when I was about 12 years old that writing is a manageable way for me to vent my extremes. It is also a sure way for me to determine a direction from a place of confusion. “Writing out all of what is going on in my head is a way for me to untangle the cords of my thoughts and determine my next step. Writing for me is a very intimate thing – I struggle to share what I write because it is so personal and raw to me.”
You can see Annikki performing her poem, BE, at cayCompass.com as part of Weekender’s ongoing series of Floetry performances. That poem, she says, was written to celebrate finding peace after battling with a difficult, self-defining decision.
“I struggled with who I should be in the situation – should I be bitter and unforgiving, should I be aloof and indifferent, should I draw a line on all that had happened and follow my faith into forgiveness and a spirit-led future?,” she says. “It was written early in the sunrise of the morning that I woke up and decided to put things behind me and start over from a place of authenticity. I decided to be true to me – not apologising for me, not having to prove anything about me, just enjoying being me.”
Something we can all identify with. Creativity, sometimes, is its own reward; sharing it with others can create warmth, energy and connections.