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Dennika Bascom (Winner, Art, Junior)

The 2013 Wadadli Pen art challenge was Barbara Arrindell’s idea. Barbara is owner/manager of long time Wadadli Pen partner, the Best of Books and also an author of illustrated books. She had a notion that she might find her next drawing partner (the person to help her re-imagine that iconic Caribbean literary character, Anansi) through the Challenge. They were to draw Mrs. Anansi a as a modern Caribbean woman and two other scenes: Mrs Anansi cussing while Anansi looks sheepish, a family portrait with three children, Anansi driving a sports car, the Anansi home – ’round South, or the Anansi children flying kites. She’ll probably need to keep looking – most of the entries were from children who need a little time yet to develop their technical skills. The best of them though were selected for encouragement.

They include junior winner, Dennika Bascom. Dennika is a nine year old student at St. John’s Catholic Primary. For her efforts in the art challenge, Dennika receives gifts from Art at the Ridge, the Best of Books, and Kittitian/Nevisian writer Carol Mitchell, author of Seascapes.These are her drawings:

Art Set L 1 Art Set L 2

Art Set L 3

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Jamika Nedd (Third Placed, Art, Junior)

The 2013 Wadadli Pen art challenge was Barbara Arrindell’s idea. Barbara is owner/manager of long time Wadadli Pen partner, the Best of Books and also an author of illustrated books. She had a notion that she might find her next drawing partner (the person to help her re-imagine that iconic Caribbean literary character, Anansi) through the Challenge. They were to draw Mrs. Anansi a as a modern Caribbean woman and two other scenes: Mrs Anansi cussing while Anansi looks sheepish, a family portrait with three children, Anansi driving a sports car, the Anansi home – ’round South, or the Anansi children flying kites. She’ll probably need to keep looking – most of the entries were from children who need a little time yet to develop their technical skills. The best of them though were selected for encouragement.

They include third placed junior winner, Jamika Nedd. Jamika is a nine year old student at St. John’s Catholic Primary where her teacher describes her as a very hard working student who is constantly writing and sketching. For her efforts in the art challenge Jamika receives gifts from Art at the Ridge, the Best of Books, and Arrindell herself. These are her drawings:

Art Set D 1 Art Set D 2 Art Set D 3

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Wadadli Pen Art Competition

We’ve had art comps as a part of the Wadadli Pen Challenge off and on over the years. Well, this year, it’s on! It’s partner Barbara Arrindell, manager of the Best of Books’ baby. In December 2012, Arrindell released her second book and as she plans future books featuring the beloved Anansi character, or accurately, Mrs. Anansi, she wants to piggyback Wadadli Pen to unearth a possible art collaborator. Wadadli pen age and country restrictions still apply; and as before submissions will have to be scanned and submitted to wadadlipen@yahoo.com with the appropriate subject line and other identifying information per usual terms and guidelines. Here, though, are Barbara’s terms and guidelines specific to the art challenge:

Artists taking part in the competition will be required to provide three sketches from a list of six scenarios detailed below. Of these, the only compulsory sketch will be the one labelled #6. Two others labeled sketches will also have to be submitted. Here are the options:

#1 – An angry Mrs. Anansi cussing her husband who is standing by looking rather sheepish.

#2 – A family portrait of the Anansi Clan. They have 3 children. The eldest is a girl – The other two are boys. You depict them at any age you see appropriate.

#3 – Mrs. Anansi driving either a sports car – top down or an SUV – show scenery also … perhaps potholes in the road or fence at the side of the road.

#4 – The Anansi’s home. A typical, well kept, brightly coloured wooden house with a veranda in the “Round-South area”

#5 – The Anansi children flying a kite in an open field.

#6 -Mrs. Anansi described as a forgetful, mature female spider who claims to be the wife of Brer Anansi; she is dressed in bright Caribbean colours, sporting high heeled shoes on 4 of her feet and dread locks tied neatly on her head.

Registration forms and scenario outlines can be collected from The Best of Books on St. Mary’s Street.

The artwork submitted for this challenge remains the property of the artists unless or until a subsequent agreement is made.

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Random Picture Post (and no, you’re not seeing double)

This is me (Joanne C. Hillhouse) when I was rocking my cornrowed’fro-hawk. I’m reading from Ashley Bryan’s Dancing Granny under the Western Union children’s tent at the 2010 Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival.  As I’m not myself a writer of children’s books but often get asked to read to children (perhaps because of my work with the Cushion Club and Wadadli Pen, and the fact that my first book is entitled The Boy from Willow Bend, who knows?). It’s a privilege and I embrace it when I can. But it means that I often have to draw on the writings of actual children’s writers…sometimes past Wadadli Pen stories…sometimes the writings of talents like Philip Sherlock and Ashley Bryan, since they’re both good for an anansi tale or two. When I’m reading, I lose myself in the story (and I have to credit the time reading to kids at the Cushion Club for making me comfortable with looking and acting like a fool in service to the story) and so I rapped the rapping parts while they kept the beat. It was a fun day.

It’s not clear if there will be an ABILF 2012 but I hope there is, even a children’s literary fair if not a full on festival as a reminder to the kids that reading is not only fundamental, it’s also fun.

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