Post Post Re Antigua Conference, Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books

I don’t have much to say about the conference as I missed it this year but it focused on the 70th anniversary of the University of the West Indies.


Other observed anniversaries were Antigua and Barbuda’s 37th and the UWI Open Campus’ 10th.

Held August 16th to 17th, it included feature lectures by noted Caribbean historian Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and Professor Adlai Murdoch; and UWI narratives and reflections by Drs. George and Gwendolyn Roberts, Dorbrene O’Marde, La-Chelle Carter, Levisha Josiah, and Professor Paget Henry. As usual, the conference was also the occasion of the launch of the Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books.

I finally got my hands on a copy today. Here’s a rundown re the content:

An interview with Edris Bird by Susan Lowes

Featured essays on Distance Learner Ecologies of the University of the West Indies Open Campus Program by Elizabeth Beaubrun, A Socioreligious Revolution: a Sociological Exegis of ‘Poor’ and ‘Rich’ in Luke-Acts by Birchfield Aymer, Joanne Hillhouse’s Iconic Stance through her Works by Valerie Knowles Combie, WANTED: Offspring, Talent, Inheritance and Assets Management by Lawrence A. Jardine, and Entrepreneurial Socialism vs. Pragmatism: Reflections on the 2018 Elections in Antigua and Barbuda by Paget Henry.

and Reviews of Marilyn Sargeant’s Carbon is Yellow by Lionel Hurst, Claytine Nisbett’s Life as Josephine by Valerie Knowles Combie, and Economic Development of Small States edited by Edris Bird by Paget Henry.

Excerpts pulled at random:

“they came from the offices, from the schools, and they wanted to further their education” – Edris Bird, former UWI Open campus resident tutor in interview with Susan Lowes

“Like all forms of machinery, the machinery of government can go out of alignment as vital parts get worn or damaged in the case of daily use.” – Paget Henry (Entrepreneurail Socialism vs. Pragmatism: Reflections on the 2018 Elections in Antigua and Barbuda

“Hillhouse is a credible, authentic writer whose voice courts universal appeal.” – Valerie Knowles Combie (Joanne Hillhouse’s Iconic Stance Through Her Work)

“This coming-of-age book is a quick read succinctly delivered, packed with words of wisdom and relevant experiences for both parents and children as they explore this troublesome period of their lives.” – Valerie Knowles Combie (A Review of Claytine Nisbett’s Life as Josephine)

I haven’t read the Review as yet but I do want to thank Professor  Combie for her paper on my work. I look forward to reading all the articles. You too? Cool. The contact for copies (I believe) and to submit reviews is

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