Flashback – Word Up! 2006

Word Up! was a literary showcase held for the first time in 2006 – with a revival in 2010 – in collaboration with the Museum which hosted the event. It was a joint fundraiser and an opportunity to shine the spotlight on Antigua’s literary stars such as

S. E James, author of the children’s adventure series that includes Tragedy on Emerald Island, A Narrow Escape, and Kidnapped at the Beach

S. E. James

Joy Lawrence, author of Island Spice, Colours and Rhythms, The Way We Talk, and The History of Bethesda and Christian Hill

Joy Lawrence

Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau, who can be heard on the Spoken Word CD Absouluuutely Dotsie
 
Tamo Zakela

Tamo Zakela, also known as Antigua's High Priest of Poetry

 Jermilla Kirwan, star of The Sweetest Mango and Diablesse (with which she also served as co-writer)

Jermilla Kirwan, writer and former Carnival Queen

 Kush David, poet and activist

Kush

Tameka Jarvis author of the poetry collections, I Am That I Am and I Am, and book of fiction (released 2010) Unexpected
 
Zeina Hechme who won the first of the Independence Literary Arts competitions in 2005
Sandrena Martin, 2005 Wadadli Pen Winner
and others. It was a really fun night, emceed by Natalie Clarke White, and well attended. Proceeds helped with the 2006 Wadadli Pen competition and part proceeds went to the museum. When Word Up! was held for the second time in 2010 it was directed by Zahra Airall with performances by her Zee’s Youth Theatre – interpreting the work of various Antiguan authors – and others . Proceeds from that were donated to the Red Cross for Haitian relief in the wake of the quake.
Photos by Laura Hall and/or Gemma Hazelwood
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2 responses to “Flashback – Word Up! 2006

  1. Elvis Campbell

    I write poetry and I am coming to Antigua on sunday and I am looking for information as to where I can find places that hold poetry events like open mic and things like that. I am coming with my wife to visit her family and I decide to find out something concerning poetry there. I just write for fun and it happen that I was able to publish two poetry books. So all the best until if I hear from you again

    • This Saturday and the second Saturday of every month, there’s a Wadadli Pen Open Mic at the Best of Books at Royal Palm. The other regular open mic, Expressions (two Tuesdays a month) at Heavenly Java in Redcliffe Quay, is on break for the summer. I’m not aware of any others at the moment. So you might be out of luck this time. For future reference, I try to update the news sections of the site regularly with open mic and news of that nature so be sure to subscribe or check back from time to time.

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