"More Awards for the Arts": Hon. Mervyn Morris
After being conferred with the highest honour issued at yesterday's National Honours and Awards Ceremony, literary giant, The Honourable Professor Mervyn Morris, called for more recognition to be given to distinguished service in the arena of the arts.
Professor Morris, who was appointed a member of the elite Order of Merit for distinguished contribution to the field of West Indian literature, told The Gleaner he hoped that being appointed to the Order of Merit will shine the national spotlight on other individuals who have excelled in the arts, especially in the fields of literature and culture.
"It would be nice to see more awards going to the arts, culture in general, because there (are) many contributions that could be recognised."
He added: "I hope that literature and the arts will be increasingly noticed for an award of this kind," he said.