This year at Alliouagana Festival of the Word, MVO presented the "Island of Fire" book and awarded this year's poetry competition winners.
"Island of Fire," the captioned photo book edited by MVO staffmembers, was showcased during the Writers' Corner. Dr. Paul Cole showed photographs from the book to the audience, explaining how the book presents unique views of the volcano and never-before-documented phenomena. Later in the afternoon, MVO awarded the cash prizes and certificates to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place of this year's "Volcano in my Backyard" poetry competition. After awards were given, the winners recited their poems. Students receiving Honourable Mentions were also recognized at the ceremony and a book containing this year's entries was presented to librarian Sonia Smith for public display at Montserrat Public Library. There were 140 entries in this year's competition, and the judging panel was impressed at the high quality of the students' work. To view winning entries, honourable mentions, and more, click here.