Eintou Pearl Springer
Eintou Pearl Springer is an internationally recognised poet, playwright, award winning actress and traditional storyteller. As a librarian, she conceptualised and developed the National Heritage Library of Trinidad and Tobago (NALIS) and retired as its first director. She is an Associate of the Library Association of Great Britain (1970) and holds an M. Phil from City Univ. London (1986).
She is the recipient of a National Award, the Humming Bird Silver, for her contribution to the Development of Art and Culture, and a Vanguard Cacique Award from the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago for her contribution to the development of theatre. She pioneered the development of the Junior Best Village Programme.
Through her cultural family company IDAKEDA and NGO the Indigenous Creative Arts Network (ICAN), she has created initiatives for vulnerable populations using a combination of literature, history and theatre to empower youth in challenged communities. These initiatives have been successfully tested at home, throughout the Caribbean and in communities in the UK and the USA, and recently in Haiti.
Eintou recently retired as Cultural Director of the Emancipation Support Committee, a post she has held since the inception of the organisation. She speaks regularly at international fora on a wide range of issues of concern to the diaspora. She is the first citizen of Trinidad and Tobago to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. She held the post of Poet Laureate of Port of Spain from 2000 to 2009. She has published four volumes of adult poetry, two volumes of poetry and stories for children, a book on African Heritage Sites in Trinidad and Tobago, a Social Studies text on the Caribbean and Survivor (currently a recommended reading for Theatre Arts students) a collection of thirteen (13) plays for children and young adults (2017). Her academic papers and poetry have been widely anthologised