“In this technologically concentrated era,” says Kevin Crearey, “If we are not careful, intellectuality could become extinct.”
That’s why, he says, Floetry is such an important event.
“[It] encourages reading and confidence and I think the quality of reading, writing and oral communication should always be prioritised if we are to preserve and facilitate real social mobility.” No doubt Kevin will be appearing at the latest meeting of the Floets, at 7pm on Wednesday, 18 April at Books & Books. The event is open and free to all and people can get a lot out of it, he says.
“I like Floetry, I think it is a fun, entertaining, and creative way to remind ourselves that being human constitutes more than just our facilitation of, and fascination with evolving technology, the human resources must be allowed and encouraged to grow.”
An interesting angle
He came to it from an interesting angle, too.
“While I was working as a fitness and dance instructor at a local gym, a client heard me sharing some original poems with co-workers, she liked them and suggested that I share them with a much wider audience.
“From the very first time I attended I knew I was in the right place; there was a real sense of gratitude and sincerity about the reception I got. Although it is mainly attended by writers and readers of poetry, Floetry has enjoyed many surprise performances from singers, rappers, Jamaican dancehall, deejaying, drumming and even a dash of acrobatics.”
It’s this breadth of participants – and those there just to enjoy the evening – which make Floetry such a creatively satisfying experience.
Kevin, who performs under the new stage name Culture Vulture, says that like many visiting authors and editors, he uses Floetry not only as an entertaining and invigorating medium for literary rejuvination, but also as a launching pad.
“I promote my materials/work before my reading. I really enjoy the intellectual stimulation I receive from the audience at Floetry. I have performed in Jamaica at cultural events and appeared on many shows, as a show opener, here in Cayman, as a dub-poet.”
Currently the Vulture is constructing his first book, Intellectual Discord, which will involve ‘poetry, limericks, fables, inspiration, social commentary and politics.’
But no need to wait for that; check his performance of Big Black Book online at cayCompass.com
Floetry is a free event that takes place at Books & Books at ypm on Wednesday, 18 April. All are welcome.