That’s Antiguan and Barbuda writer/trainer/bookseller/WadadliPenpartner Barbara Arrindell (centre) and poet/writer/SpillingInkmember Olsfred James (right), with Shujah Reiph, co-organizer at the St. Martin Book Fair. They were 2019 guests of the 17th annual iteration of the Fair which wrapped on Saturday 8th June 2019.
Other participants included Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, a former St. Martin education minister and author (Language, Culture and Identity in St. Martin), US/USVI media executive of Anguillan descent Peter Bailey, Vincentian author of Plastered in Pretty N. C. Marks, award winning Jamaican author, essayist, and poet Professor Kei Miller (Fear of Stones to Augustown), Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa who is also a celebrated Jamaican writer (It Begins with Tears etc.), another beloved Jamaican author, resident in the US, Geoffrey Philp (Garvey’s Ghost et al), Barbados-based dramatist and lecturer Dr. Yvonne Weeks, among several others.
James (whose Spilling Ink has published two Ashes books and some poetry chapbooks), per the official programme, participated in an evening of Poetry at the Poets Lounge and an open discussion with students at the University of Miami.
Arrindell (author of The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories, and Antigua My Antigua) co-coordinated a reading and spelling competition. Having been a guest of the Fair in 2015, I doubt that’s all they did.
As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator).