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Wadadli Pen 2021 – The Short List

I (Joanne C. Hillhouse, author and Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator), zoomed today with my fellow judges, author, publisher, and veteran Wadadli Pen judge Floree Williams Whyte and past winner and first time judge Devra Thomas. After separately creating our own list of ranked entries (entries, not writers whom the judges didn’t know as they read) from among 72 entries, and an average ranking from that list, guided solely by numerical ranking, leading to the posting of a long list, we discussed the long list, revisited the entries, lobbied and debated, and ranked, and we have a short list. Congrats to everyone who entered for trying (that’s important in #TheWritingLife) and to those who made the short list. How that short list breaks down will be revealed at our Awards ceremony (which is our next project activity – details to come). But in the meantime, join us in congratulating writers short listed for the Wadadli Pen 2021 Challenge Prize.

The plaque bearing the main prize winners’ name, which hangs in the Best of Books bookstore, got an upgrade in 2016 and is now known as the Alstyne Allen Memorial Plaque.

Eunike Caesar – The Blackboard (fiction)
Jason Gilead – The Great Old Woodslave (fiction)
Gazelle Zauditu Menen Goodwin – Beautiful Disaster (poetry)
Sheniqua Maria Greaves – The Juxtaposed Reprieve (fiction)
Ashley-Whitney Joshua – Hiraeth (fiction)
Aunjelique Liddie – The Beach (poetry)
Kevin Liddie – Mildred, You No Easy (fiction)
Razonique Looby – Vixen (fiction)
Andre Warner – The Brave One (fiction)

Congrats as well to the writers who made the long list. Since we mentioned only the titles and not the names before, they were (in addition to the short listed writers above) – Noleen Azille (Mission: Covered, fiction); Annachiara Bazzoni (Maybe, poetry); Aria-Rose Browne (Spirit of the Flame, fiction); Rosemund Dinard-Gordon (Emerging, poetry); Naeem Desouza (The Goat in the Rainforest of Puerto Rico, fiction); Jai Francis (The Legend of the Snowy Egret, poetry); Anastatia K. Mayers (Home, poetry); Linita Simon (The Breeze, fiction); Kadisha Valerie (The Silence was So Loud, fiction); and Latisha Walker Jacobs (Nothing Like Me, poetry).

All long listed writers will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop facilitated by me post-season (thanks to sponsorship from one of our patrons) – other prizes will be announced at the awards ceremony. 

The winning school, i. e. the school with the most submissions, is St. Anthony’s Secondary School. Congrats to them and to teachers at all schools who had to rise to meet the challenges of a most extraordinary year.

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Wadadli Pen Update – Workshop

We want you to win.

One of the ways team member (author of Turtle Beach, The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories, and even more stories) Barbara A. Arrindell is trying to help you win is with an announced March 18th 2021 workshop. This series of short workshops will provide you with tips that may help you to select your topic, develop your characters, allow your creativity to flow, utilize local sites and folklore, and much more. You must pre-register. Do this by sending a message via the link above or via email to barbaraarrindell@yahoo.com. The zoom link and additional information will then be sent to you. Register early to secure your spot. This year Wadadli Pen is accepting entries from children and adults.

The submission deadline for the 2021 Wadadli Pen Challenge is March 26th 2021. I just posted videos (one to my AntiguanWriter YouTube Channel and one to the Wadadli Pen YouTube Channel – both which you should rush over and subscribe to by the way) of a recent interview I did breaking things down re both the Challenge and the #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda readers choice book of the year initiative.

Re FAQs

A recent commenter here on the blog asked about the submission form. “Would it be possible to fill out the application form electronically please? I do not have access to a printer right now and it would be very useful if alternative methods could be made available. Thank you!” – A. It’s a fair point; we should look in to uploading directly via submittable or other platform, but to be clear you do not need to print the form and you are submitting electronically. What you need to do is download and fill out the form electronically and submit said form via email as an attachment along with your entry, also as an attachment, to wadadlipen@gmail.com

A questioner to my DMs wondered if there was a penalty for going over the word count. – A. We’ve actually extended the word count from 750 to 1000 words in recent years. Since doing so we’ve gotten fairly strict about the word count. Challenge yourself to tell your story with precision – after all, you already have 250 extra words to play with.

We also had a request to direct mail the submission form; obviously it’s not practical for us to do so for everyone. We simply don’t have the time nor the numbers. But I’ve doublechecked that the form is downloadable and can be filled out electronically; so please act accordingly. Find the form and submission guidelines above at Wadadli Pen 2021.

ICYMI

In case you missed it, we’ve followed up our launch announcement with a second press release shouting out the latest patrons to come on board. The news you may be particularly interested in from that is that, while the Challenge is open to all ages this year, we will have a special prize for 12 and younger aged writers, sponsored by Cedric Holder, who is doing so in the name of his son Zuri, a former Wadadli Pen finalist who died tragically in the first road fatality of 2021. Also team member Floree Williams Whyte’s Moondancer Books has sponsored the ad below.

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Finally! Wadadli Pen Challenge Launches

PRESS RELEASE


THE WADADLI PEN 2021 CHALLNGE INVITES REFLECTION ON ‘2020’


February 26th 2021

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize returns with its latest challenge to writers and artists in Antigua and Barbuda. As in the past, the 1000 word (maximum) entries – of any literary genre or sub-genre – should be Caribbean in spirit. Entrants can write about anything but there is, also, an optional themed challenge.

The arts often flourish in difficult times as a way of channeling and expressing, also escaping, the turmoil and complexities of that time. For that reason, and the cathartic relief it can offer, Wadadli Pen looks back to ‘2020’, a year which has become a euphemism for struggle and uncertainty, as an optional sub-theme of the 2021 Wadadli Pen Challenge, with a reminder to reflect, imagine, and make it Caribbean. Both written and art-text combos (i.e. storytelling using both written and visual art) are welcome.

Each year, the winning writer’s name is emblazoned on to the Alstyne Allen Memorial plaque sponsored by the Best of Books. Additional pledged prizes so far this season have been confirmed from the Best of Books, Harper Collins (UK), International award winning Jamaican author Olive Senior, Patricia L. Tully of Antigua and Barbuda who has recently published her first book, and past Wadadli Pen winner Daryl George.

2021 Wadadli Pen Patron Daryl George’s name is on the Alstyne Allen Memorial plaque as a past winner. Pictured with George (right) is Douglas Allen (left), a Wadadli Pen founding partner and brother of the late volunteer for whom the plaque, sponsored by the Best of Books, is named.

Wadadli Pen is launching later than usual this year and without the usual prize confirmations but determined to press on. To support the work by sponsoring a prize or volunteering, contact wadadlipen@gmail.com

Wadadli Pen is open in 2021 to entries from anyone of any age resident in Antigua and Barbuda; but reserves the right to single out youth entries for commendation. As usual, Wadadli Pen will also recognize the school with the most submissions.

For full submission details and entry form, visit the Wadadli Pen 2021 tab.

Consistent with its mandate to nurture and showcase the literary and other artists in Antigua and Barbuda, the Wadadli Pen team is, also, once again inviting reader participation in its #readAntiguaBarbuda readers choice book of the year initiative. Vote.

This is the first time the organizers have done the challenge and the readers choice book of the year initiative at the same time; the organizers encourage full participation in this ongoing effort to boost the literary arts.
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Submissions due by March 26th 2021.

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CREATIVE SPACE #13 OF 2020 – SAY THEIR NAME: IN MEMORIAM

“To understand Antigua and Barbuda is to know these names and to know there are many more names unknown.”

Read: https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/creative-space/creative-space-2020/creative-space-13-of-2020-say-their-name-in-memoriam

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Land of Democracy (lyrics)

(by Paul ‘King Obstinate’ Richards; released 1985; arranged by Frankie McIntosh and E. Weeks)

Some are proud of their wife
Some are proud of their homes
Some are proud of their cars imported from Rome
Some are proud of their face or the jobs that they hold
There is pride in different things in this world
But I am proud that my mom gave birth to me
In an island of the Caribbean sea
A diamond pearl radiant as a star
In the beautiful island of Antigua
And in my land I can attack the government
And yet I could walk freely through parliament
I could oppose today and yet tomorrow
Eat and drink with leaders like birds
I could be broke, no job, and yet for all
I wouldn’t die from hunger or thirst

Cho.
And I am free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Antigua is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

There are nations that will jail you, slaughter, and kill
If you oppose a government’s bill
To attack government some people can’t afford
You might have to face a firing squad
But, in Antigua, every fowl and fish could air their views
And demand what they wish
No violence, no hurt, no anger
For every one love and live together
In my land, I could call on my government
To give account and say how my taxes are spent
I am free to sing my own calypso
To correct the ills that I know
And yet keep no vengeance inside my mind
For very creature is divine

Cho.
And I am free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Barbuda is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

Some boast of their country
How they live in harmony
Some say they practice democracy
But in Antigua we don’t boast on paper
We live and love democracy here
We could campaign for the opposition
Then vote against them in an election
Englishman, Frenchman, Austrian, or Turk
Should come and see how democracy work
And in my land
Every man, woman, and child know
The purpose of singing good calypso
Calypsonians comment upon what they see
And although we sound angrily
Our aim is to build a better nation
Free from torment and starvation

Cho.
And we are free whether right or wrong
To express my views with pen or tongue
That is why I hail thee in song
Barbuda is where I belong
My nation
it’s a pearl in the Caribbean

Transcribed by Joanne C. Hillhouse. Any errors are my own and unintentional. To assist with the song lyrics data base project, contact us at wadadlipen@gmail.com 

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About Court or Klaas

The King Court Monument, sculpted by Reginald Samuel, on Independence Drive – during a visit by participants of my Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project in 2013.

I’ve been meaning to share some information about Antigua and Barbuda’s first national hero King Court (also known as Prince Klaas or Klass) which hit my mailbox (via activist Edith ‘Snookie’ Oladele) last October. Today, as anti-Blackness and systemic racism are still very much with us (and we are not immune from either even in majority Black places like the Caribbean), it seems timely to revisit the case of Klaas. It seems particularly urgent in light of a conversation I had here in Antigua this past week in which we explored colourism, racism, over policing, and classism right here at home and the exposed and still bleeding wound of racism in America and other places where, like the Caribbean, European led colonialism and  enslavement of African people set certain patterns still with us today in motion. At some point in the conversation, I was sharing the story of Klaas with two  Antiguans-Barbudans, of two different generations, who didn’t know it, who had not learned it in our school system. I didn’t either but I’ve put it together over the years, plus I’ve been most years to Watch Night (which is the Emancipation night activity which revisits the public murder of Klaas and his fellow freedom fighters of 1736). I was glad to share it because we need to know. For this telling of the story though, I’ll defer to the researched information from that October email which opens with:

“Today, October 20, 2019, marks the 283rd anniversary of the death of Prince Klaas/King Court/King Tacky in 1736.  During the following five months, 87 other men were cruelly executed  all because they dared to want to be free from slavery. They are Antigua and Barbuda’s first anti-slavery martyrs and heroes. Let us remember to acknowledge and honour them today Keep their memory and their courage alive our youth and we too, need to know our history Please share the attached information with your contacts  and to as many members of your family and friends as you can.  These heroes must not be forgotten The seed of freedom was planted on this island through their blood. That blood cries out to be remembered  and the revolution continues Freedom is not yet as long as we continue to forget.”

“Please share the attached information”: Mission accepted.

“King Court was born in 1691 in Ghana, the West African country that used to be called, the Gold Coast. He was captured from his native land and brought to Antigua in 1701 as a young boy of 10, one of the dreaded “Coromantee” slaves. The name ‘Coromantee’ was given to those West Africans who were shipped from the slave holding fort of Coromantin in Ghana. …

“Oral traditions claim that he was from a Royal House in Ghana. Thus, he would have been accustomed to all the freedom and privileges that his high status conferred on him. …

“King Court is described in one account as a tall man with ‘full, burning eyes’ who dressed well, usually in a tailored coat. He often wore a green silk hat adorned with a bunch of black feathers. He was a trusted valet or ‘waiting man’ for his master, a wealthy, white merchant named Thomas Kerby who lived in St. John’s.  King Court enjoyed more privileges than was customary for a slave and he carried himself with a regal air.  He could have become a Creole – a slave fully acculturated to life on a West Indian sugar plantation.  But he refused to deny his African heritage and insisted that he be regarded as an African.

A rendering of Court by a participant in my Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project after our visit to the monument.

“King Court quickly became a leader among his fellow enslaved people …

“They crowned him ‘King of the Coromantees’ in broad daylight at two o’clock in the afternoon of Sunday October 3rd, 1736. The coronation was accompanied by a dazzling, military ‘ikem’, a traditional shield dance of the Akan peoples of Ghana. The ceremony was attended by a large assemblage blacks and a significant number of whites. The latter were probable entranced by the show of pageantry and pomp, but the blacks knew well that behind all the merry-making, the ‘shield dance’ was intended to affirm and demonstrate their loyalty to King Court. The coronation took place in the area of what is now Upper Gambles, opposite the St. John’s Boys School on the northern side of Old Parham road. King Court was seated under ‘a canopy of state, surrounded by his great officers.’ He ‘walked in procession as King and had all the homage and respect of a king paid to him’. …

“King Court had planned an island-wide insurrection involving slaves from all the sugar plantations. …

“His aim was to overthrow the British oppressors by blowing up the ‘great house’ where the annual ball for the planter class was scheduled to be held. Had his plan succeeded, it would have had widespread repercussions, not only in Antigua, but the rest of the West Indian colonies. It would have dealt a severe blow to the institution of slavery and the plantation system. But King Court was cruelly betrayed by some of his fellow slaves. In revenge, he and his followers were subjected to extreme torture and executed by the British colonial government. His strong body was broken on a wheel on Market Street on October 20th, 1736.” Read the full citation: KLASS CITATION FOR KING COURT

An article by Kofi Ayim provides some additional context.

“Antigua and Barbuda, a two-island nation in Eastern Caribbean saw a series of slave rebellions in the 1720s led by stoic men like Sharper, Frank, Papa Will and “King” Tackey. The story of Tackey is the most intriguing. He was kidnapped and brought to Antigua in 1701.
Records put his arrival age at between 10 to 15 years old. His origins are traced to Kromantse (Coromantee) in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana. Kromantse, a fishing village in the Central region of Ghana, was used by European slave trading nations as a major holding and shipping point for slaves brought from hinterland. The historic town still exists as does the stone castle-dungeon that held the captives. It is conceivable therefore that all so-called Coromantee slaves were not necessarily natives of the Gold Coast. Consequently, there is no such thing as “slaves from the Coromantee tribe” as alleged in some works. Tackey was said to have come from the Asante (Ashanti) tribe. If accurate, the name is a corrupted version of his original “Tachie” name. As an adult slave in Antigua, Tackey was crowned a king, complete with Akan religious ceremony in the presence of some two thousand slaves, the largest gathering in Antigua at that time. He was highly respected and was very influential amongst all the slaves in Antigua. …

“In 1728, at age 37, the King and others hatched a plot that, if successful, would free his people and change conditions under which they lived in the country. Working with Tackey and Tomboy were Sekundi and Jacko, both Creole slaves. Other active participants included Hercules, Jack, Scipio, Ned, Fortune, and Joney. It must be noted that these silly-sounding names were assigned by slave owners to serve their own whims and caprices. For several years they planned and plotted in secrecy.
A ceremony for the British Crown was to be held on October 11, 1735. Tomboy, an ace carpenter had the job of supervising carpentry work in a hall that would host a grand ball. The plot therefore assigned him the task of planting gunpowder at vantage points in the dancehall, where assault would be initiated as dancing begun. About 300 to 400 slaves were to enter town, subdue the partying whites (kill them if necessary) and seize strategic interests. The event was however, postponed to October 30. Tomboy and others insisted on carrying out the plot on the agreed date but King Tackey persuaded his comrades to wait out the postponement. A slave, called Johnny, snitched out the plot.
The governor ordered an inquiry and as a result eighty-eight slaves, besides Tackey, were implicated. They would be executed or punished in a most cruel and barbaric fashion. On October 26, 1736 King Tackey and his two generals were crucified. He was tied spread eagle onto a round wheel and left outside to die a slow and agonizing death that would deter others. Six were gibbeted for public viewing; seventy-seven burnt alive and thirty six banished. Three slaves, Jacko, Ghlode, and Sacky who belonged to Sir William Codrington, one-time owner of the Betty Hope Sugar Plantation were among those executed.” Read this article in full: KLASS Celebrating King Tackey

Read also the list of enslaved people, and how and when they were executed: KLAAS SLAVES EXECUTED

The roll call is actually one of the features of Watch Night. I’m not sure what’s happening with Watch Night in 2020. Carnival’s been cancelled but it’s never really been a part of Carnival so much as a thing apart, even though it’s been moved from Betty’s Hope to the Botanical Gardens; plus public holidays are public holidays – could this be the year that Watch Night eclipses Carnival?

Written by Joanne C. Hillhouse. Find out about me at http://jhohadli.wordpress.com . Respect copyright.

 

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Oh, Beach That I Once Loved

by Sethson Burton, 19, American University of Antigua

Waves running towards the shore as the pleasant sea air blesses one’s nose.
Young men playing cricket as the scorching sand clings between their toes.
The sun in the sky beaming with triumphant glory,
With radiance so splendid that it dare not be mimicked.
Roaming the sandy plains and the crystal-clear sea allow us to mingle.
Not with those who are forced to stand tall on their two majestic feet,
But with those who crawl and use shells to mask their decency;
And with the studded stars of heaven God placed on the ocean floor.
This is the beach that I once loved.

With nature’s wealth bestowed unto us, the expectation is gratitude.
The expectation is to honour Mother Nature with reverence to the greatest magnitude.
This expectation, humanity never met;
And ultimate disrespect was given out like a cheque.
Fossil fuels burn, and the earth feels the heat.
Cutting down trees causes its life to deplete.
Heartbroken by this treacherous display
Mother Nature has a scheme underway.
Harnessing rage like that of a bull, she charges forward with retribution.
I hope nothing happens to the beach that I once loved.
Now, the crashing waves run marathons and do not slow down.
The once seductive infinite shore is becoming no more.
The games of cricket might soon be obsolete,
Because of the sand’s decision to retreat.
The once glorious sun has suddenly become cold,
And shows no mercy on the residents this earth beholds.
The crawling friends once found on the beach, have now passed on.
Was it the torturous hurricanes or the raging heat?
It matters not, because now they have departed to a greater place.
With a sunken heart I sympathize with the beach that I once loved.

ABOUT the poem: The poem is set in the future, in which the narrator recalls from his memory, how growing up on the beach was this wonderful place. However, because of human disruption, climate change had changed his once beloved beach for the worst. This poem placed third in the 18 to 35 age category of the Wadadli Pen Challenge 2020.

Burton

ABOUT the author: Sethson Burton studies medicine. His hobbies include playing, and watching, football and cricket and also writing. From a young age he enjoyed many forms of writing including songs, poetry, essays and short stories. Even with a hectic schedule, because of his studies, he expects to continue his passion for writing in his spare time.

ABOUT prizes won:

Prizes – Patrons:

Signed copy of Musical Youth 2nd edition (paperback) by Joanne C. Hillhouse

Each winner is also set to receive a certificate, a selection of books from  The Best of Books Bookstore and cultural items from the Cultural Development Division – Antigua and Barbuda.

For the full breakdown of ‘who won what’, if not linked (yet), use the site’s search feature.

ABOUT Wadadli Pen: The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize launched in 2004 with a writing Challenge that continues 16 years later. It is Wadadli Pen’s pilot project, in keeping with its mandate to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda, encouraging  writers (and visual artists) in Antigua and Barbuda (35 years and younger) to create a piece on any topic, within a Caribbean aesthetic. In 2020, there was also an Imagine a Future climate change challenge. To support the work of Wadadli Pen, contact wadadlipen@gmail.com

Please respect the author’s copyright. If you share, excerpt, credit, and link back; do not republish without permission nor without crediting.

 

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Wadadli Pen Diary – Why Youth Creativity Matters

Part of our promotion strategy which over the years and this year has variously included media releases and notices, media interviews, social media promotion with flyers and by other means, direct mailing to select mailing lists including schools, youth workers, past participants, etc., blog posts like this one, ads, psas, etc. etc. By whatever means we can. This post is a copy of a mail sent recently to teachers. Feel free to share. 

Teachers have always been a vital part of the Wadadli Pen ecosystem. This image is from the 2014 awards ceremony and teacher (then at T N Kirnon school at the time) Paula Russell Peters, centre, is pictured collecting one of her prizes. She was a finalist for the WP 10th anniversary Teachers Prize and also collected on behalf of T N Kirnon which netted a prize for the most submissions from a single school. One of her students was also a finalist. 

 

Encouraging youth creativity is about encouraging self-expression. This can be purely fun and about self-discovery; it can also open a portal to expressing and coping with challenging feelings and experiences. Encouraging youth creativity also promotes mental growth, potentially improving academic performance and emotional maturity. Encouraging youth creativity gives young people an opportunity to try new things, new ways of seeing, new ways of thinking, and new ways of problem solving. The ‘Imagine a Future’ special prize in this year’s Wadadli Pen Challenge, for instance, will create an opportunity to explore the potentials of action or inaction on climate change – the existential challenge of our day – do we survive and how. This may emerge as a dystopian shadowland or a bright sci fi future. Who knows? As small islands, we are on the front lines of climate change; it’s an opportunity for young people to think through what will be the first major battle of their life time, for bad or good. If you are a youth in Barbuda, you have been in the headlines at least since 2017 and hurricane Irma, the trauma of which you may not have fully explored even as you grapple with historical and political realities beyond your understanding, where is your voice in this, what’s your story? ‘The Wa’omani Prize’ is an opportunity to remember that there are no small stories, that every experience matters – from fishing with your dad/mom to being in the path of a storm to end all storms. The Wadadli Pen Challenge is not fixed on a theme – tell any story you want, about anything you want, however you want – but it is Caribbean, simply because we must centre our own imagination in our own stories. Storytelling is an opportunity to explore us. At the same time, it is an opportunity to experience our reality from a different perspective – where did the frigates go when they flew away …from the perspective of a frigate. For people working with young people it’s an opportunity to ask what if… allowing the imagination to zig from reality to fantasy and back again. The 3-strip comic panel is a challenge for those better at expressing themselves using visuals than words because visuals too can tell a full story filled with drama, humor, warmth, etc. Writers and artists can even collaborate for full expression of an idea. The important thing is that they feel the freedom to tell their story and the joy that self-expression can bring.

Hopefully, you’ll see the magic in that and encourage your children to create and submit by February 16th 2020. We urge you to post the flyer(s) at minimum but also to more actively encourage their participation, not just for the opportunity to win the schools book prize for most submissions, nor for the individual prizes they could win, but to encourage their creativity.

For full guidelines and submission form, visit https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/wadadli-pen-2020

-Wadadli Pen founder coordinator, Joanne C. Hillhouse

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A & B Arts Round Up – November 25th 2019 —>

November 28th 2019 –

November 30th 2019 –

December 6th and 7th 2019 –

December 7th and December 13th 2019 –

December 12th, 14th, and 19th 2019 –

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December 14th 2019 –

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January 18th 2020 –
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As with all content on Wadadli Pen, unless otherwise indicated, this is written by author and Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse. All rights reserved.

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A & B Arts Round Up – October 11th 2019 —>

October 20th 2019 –

October 27th 2019 –

October 20th – November 2nd 2019 –

*note: at a glance, the Independence programme does not, with the possible exception of the theatrical presentation, include any literary arts activities. This has been touch and go over the years (some years there’s an independence writing comp, some years not, some years a showcase of some sort, sometimes not – no consistency). Again, we would like to direct the ptb to the open letter read in 2011 at the lit arts competition awards by the then coordinator and shared on this site re what’s needed for more consistency re lit arts out of Culture and would add only that to propel action, consistent or otherwise, more than lip service, there would need to be the will to prioritize lit arts.

November 20th 2019 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon – 69483545_10157334105159373_8559521413180948480_n

*Note. I reached out to the library for more information on its Author of the Month series which I will also be adding to the Opportunities page. But, in a nutshell, this series is part of the Public Library’s aim to introduce the local community to its authors. Selections are done based on availability of the authors during the months of January – November. The authors are invited to display their books and read excerpts from their work. There is a Q&A segment and the audience is encouraged to purchase these books or they are informed where the purchases can be made. For more information or to be booked, contact the library directly: publib287@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/NPLAntiguaBarbuda

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November 16th and 21st, December 12th, 14th, and 19th 2019 – 71498258_2222054817898821_4518888641497399296_n

November 30th 2019  -7 p.m. – English Harbour Town – 

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Independence activities lifted from the Culture Department facebook page; plus see Best of Book’s, Halo’s, and Spilling Ink’s facebook for more information on their activities.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, unless otherwise indicated, this is written by author and Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse. All rights reserved.

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