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Wadadli Pen 2020 (Video of the Live Awards Announcement) – ETA: New Video

ETA (June 12th 2020): post-season radio appearances by winner 7 to 12 and tied main prize winner Cheyanne Darroux and winner 13 to 17 D’Chaiya Emmanuel. Someone has down voted one of their videos within  a couple of days of it being posted so be sure to show them both some love with your likes.

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This is the video announcement from my facebook live of the 2020 Wadadli Pen Challenge awards. I didn’t plan to post it because, as you can see, the video quality isn’t great and my plan to bring people in to the live didn’t work out (so it’s just me reading out the results), despite practice and prep; I wasn’t feeling great about it. The awards post-season has been another factor. Usually, the awards is the party and I can pack up and go home…for the most part. This year, there was (and still is) a lot to be done in the post-season to make sure everyone has their prizes etc. The emotional bounce hasn’t been there. But lack of emotional bounce is a small inconvenience considering what the world is dealing with and the fact that we had to do the awards virtually due to COVID-19. So, I decided to get over myself. Because Wadadli Pen is not about me – it’s an opportunity to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. So I take this opportunity to share with you our results – you can read the prize break down (and information about our patrons) and winning stories here
https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/2020/05/12/wadadli-pen-challenge-who-won-what-in-2020 We have a post-awards photo gallery here https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/wadadli-pen-2020-post-awards-a-virtual-gallery

The Wadadli Pen blog is the online platform of the project but it’s also a literary arts portal for Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean. So, subscribe/follow to stay plugged in.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Wadadli Pen Diary – 2020 Judges – It’s Not Easy Work But They’re Up to the Challenge

Our judging pool has shifted year to year since Wadadli Pen’s 2004 launch; the only constant since our core team was put in place in 2016 has been chief judge/judging coordinator Floree Williams Whyte.

We wanted to share info re our respective 2020 judges currently hard at work assessing the 57 submissions to the Wadadli Pen 2020 Challenge.

Danielle Boodoo Fortune Hackshaw is a Trinidad-Tobago poet; she is also a returning Wadadli Pen judge, having initially served on the 2014-2015 panels, and having contributed her custom notebooks and bookmarks to past prize packages. Her connection with Wadadli Pen founder coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse goes back to 2008 when they were both on a panel in Barbados Celebrating Caribbean Women Writers. Since then Danielle’s literary fortunes have only continued to rise. She’s been published in several local and international journals such as Bim: Arts for the 21st Century, The Caribbean Writer, Small Axe Literary Salon, Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal, Dirtycakes Journal, Blackberry: A Magazine, Room Magazine, and others. Her accolades include a prize from The Caribbean Writer (2009), a Pushcart nomination (2010), a Small Axe poetry prize (2012), the Hollick Arvon prize (2015), and the Wasifiri Prize (2016). She was twice short listed for the Montreal Prize (2013 and 2017). Twenty nineteen though was her most celebrated year as a Caribbean creative force. Her acclaimed book Doe Songs was the poetry prize winner at the Bocas literary festival. In addition to being a sublime poet, Danielle is a talented artist – her retail pieces and commissioned work are in many a private collection. Her murals (for example her work with the Urban Heartbeat project, a street art project across Central America and the Caribbean) tell unique stories and through her workshops she helps young people begin to tell their own stories. Her original pieces have featured in shows in the UK, Canada, Grenada, Latin America, and her home country Trinidad and Tobago where she debuted her solo show Criatura in 2013. She is also known for illustrations like the ones in Hillhouse’s Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure In many ways, Danielle is as much a part of the Wadadli Pen family as any one from Wadadli. Given that she has always been willing to serve and is well positioned to bring a knowledgeable eye to both the art and lit side of our Challenge, we are delighted to have her on board.

Glen Toussaint works as a supervisor at the Best of Books bookstore so it’s no surprise that he’s an avid reader; he’s also a writer – primarily a poet who has featured at local open Mics such as August Rush’s Expressions Open Mic and Spilling Ink’s Poetry in the Park in addition to running his own Best of Books’ monthly Wadadli Pen Open Mic. Glen said in a 2019 interview on Spilling Ink’s Facebook page that his writing really began  in 2008, shortly after he started working at the bookstore, when he “wrote a poem called ‘Ode to Love’ as a response to reading Joanne Hillhouse’s ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight”. That poem is now published in the 10th anniversary edition of the book released in 2014. But this publishing-link-up (via the author who is also the founder-coordinator of Wadadli Pen) is not Glen’s only connection to the programme. He has more often than not hosted the awards ceremony in the years (2011 to present) that Best of Books has partnered with the project, and has served as a judge (2016-2017). Glen is also published in the anthology So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: an Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing edited by Althea Prince. He blogs at Because I love Words and Dat Bwoi for Jackie.  One of the main reasons Wadadli Pen wanted to bring Glen back on board this year was his knowledge of comic art (given the addition of our three-panel-comic art Challenge for 2020). One project Glen was recently involved in launching was 2019’s first time ever Antigua-Barbuda Con which included an art competition. In the referenced Spilling Ink interview, Glen said, when asked about advice to artists, “practice, work at your craft, learn to take criticism and learn when to apply it, study others in your craft.” Sound advice. With his wealth of knowledge in both comic art and literature, passion for the literary arts, mix of excitement and grounded-ness, Glen is a welcome re-addition to the Wadadli Pen judging panel.

Floree Williams Whyte is an independent publisher (Moondancer Books) and the author of one non-fiction book (Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses), one adult book of fiction (Through the Window), and one book of children’s fiction (The Wonderful World of

 

 

 

 

 

Yohan). Yohan first appeared in the story Yohan! published in 2010 in Anansesem, the Summer Edward edited and published online Caribbean children’s literary journal. Floree has also been published in Carnival is All We Know: an Anthology Celebrating 50 Years of Antigua’s Carnival and the Creativity of Our Writers & Artists edited by Joanne C. Hillhouse and Souls of My Young Sisters: Young Women Break Their Silence with Personal Stories that will Change Your Life edited by Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy.

Floree works as a marketing communications executive. She has been a Wadadli Pen prize donor over the years,  a judge since 2012, and a member of the core team since 2016 in recent years taking on the role of judging coordinator and chief judge. Floree’s no drama focus is part of what makes her a great part of the team, and a steady leader of perhaps the most challenging part of the entire Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge.

The team is at work; we look forward to the outcome.

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A & B Arts Round up – February 12th 2020 –>

February 15th 2020 – Antigua Dance Academy –

 

February 16th 2020 –

February 17th – 22nd – @ the White House Gallery at Cedars Pottery – art by Jo de Pear –

March 1st 2020 – “The Ink Project : Expression” – an ALL-INCLUSIVE Visual Arts exhibition highlighting local and upcoming artists. With soothing music and performances by various spoken word artists, the art show and sale will entertain while benefiting the artists who will receive the full sale price of any art pieces sold. Tickets are on sale at Best of Books, Destination Area 51,  the Antigua Athletic Club or from any Spilling Ink member.

July 23rd 2020 – August 4th 2020 – Antigua Carnival –

 

Year-round – fete calendar –

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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WADADLI PEN Entrants Encouraged To Be “Extremely Creative”

The 2020 Wadadli Pen Challenge is an opportunity for budding literary and visual artists in Antigua and Barbuda, 35 years and younger, to test themselves and push their craft forward. This was the point emphasized by Wadadli Pen volunteer and a former winner Margaret Irish during a recent appearance on ABS TV’s morning programme Antigua Today.

“What the judges are looking for,  apart from the fact that it should be Caribbean oriented, they’re looking for that creativity, that spark, that we bring a slice of (the) Caribbean to life,” Irish said. The teacher, winner of the one-time Teachers’ Prize offered in 2014, the 10 year anniversary of the Wadadli Pen Project, added, “we want an unusual approach in writing techniques; not just duplicating what we’ve read in school but bring your own writing style to the piece that you’re going to be presenting. So, very imaginative, extremely creative, very Caribbean centric and you should do very well.”

Of course, Irish, who also took the prize in 2015, when the Challenge was opened up to all ages, said doing well is not just about winning prizes – rather it’s about pushing your writing forward.

“It’s an excellent way,” she said, “of helping you to assess your own skills and then helping you to decide ‘okay, this is what I need to develop’ and that’s what Wadadli Pen did for me; it said to me ‘okay you can write a thing or two and people can read it’.”

The other big advantage of Wadadli Pen which has as its stated mission nurturing and showcasing the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda, Irish said, is “giving you that opportunity to expose your work.”

There are prizes, of course. Patrons on board so far this year include Caribbean Reads, sponsor of the prize for the school with the most submissions, Juneth Webson, Adventure Antigua, Brenda Lee Browne, Photogenesis, D. Gisele Isaac, the Best of Books bookstore and manager Barbara Arrindell, a project partner, as well as Joanne C. Hillhouse, Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator, and Floree Williams Whyte, chief judge and judging coordinator. Irish is one of two past winners, the other being 2011 winner Devra Thomas who make up the core Wadadli Pen team. Other volunteers and patrons to contribute prizes have and still are being recruited.

“Because of what Wadadli Pen has done for me and other people we’re now very committed to encouraging people to write,” Irish said during her ABS TV outing. The full interview can be seen here on Hillhouse’s AntiguanWriter youtube channel.

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize is open to all themes but is offering a special climate change themed prize ‘Imagine a Future’, the Wa’omani Prize for Barbudans, and for artists an opportunity to tell a story in a three-panel comic strip. For more visit https://wadadlipen.wordpress.com/wadadli-pen-2020

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Tell the People the Truth (lyrics)

words and music by Fd

People think being prime minister of a country
Is an easy task
Check the credentials of those who threaten to dethrone me
One night they couldn’t last
They criticize me.. ostracise me
In every rum shop.. & every bar
Try to embarrass me.. most unfairly
On front page of them newspaper
Calypsonian you could help me out
That’s why ‘A’ come to you
What you think I should do

chorus 1
Prime minister tell the people the truth
Let honesty be your guide
Tell the people the truth
And let them decide
Don’t pretend you could walk on water  / No no no
Don’t expect you to build a bridge to Barbuda / No no no
You are the prime minister
You must be seen
To be incorruptible & squeaky clean
I strongly advise
Always look before you leap
And don’t make promises you cant keep

verse 2
Did you forget to mention your intention to raise taxes
Goin’ back a year or two
Is it crisis in the treasury or de threat of bankruptcy
Force you so to do
People need assurance.. private health insurance
Is it paid for with John Public money?
I’m a calypsonian.. & in my opinion
Present the facts on radio & tv
All rumour should be denied
Or guilt might be implied
Take friendly advice from me

chorus 2
Prime minister tell the people the truth
Let honesty be your guide always
Tell the people the truth
And let them decide
Share no chalice with them dictator / No no no
Don’t want this country to end up like Cuba / No no no
You are the prime minister
A messenger of hope
People under pressure unable to cope
Don’t give in to temptation
When you open your mouth to speak
Don’t make promises you cant keep

verse 3
When workers go on strike..  my dear boy it upset’ me
‘A’ cant sleep at night
Lie down & ponder how history will record me
What them historian’ will write
Will the compare me.. favourably
To men with insight wisdom & virtue
Will they compare me.. to my daddy
On Michael’s Mount erect my statue
Minister if you follow instruction
I will challenge any man
To point their finger at you

 

chorus 3
As long as you tell the people the truth
Let honesty be your guide always
Tell the people the truth
And let them decide
Don’t pretend you have every answer/ No no no
Don’t expect you to drive out foreign investor / No no no
You are the prime minister
Introduce legislation
To protect the right of workers  all across this land
Don’t have to swallow a bible
Or sacrifice a sheep
Just don’t make promises you cant keep

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A & B Arts Round up – July 19th 2019 —>

If you missed activities from the last round up, you can catch up with at least two of them in the CREATIVE SPACE series over on my Jhohadli blog – go here for Antigua Dance Academy’s Earth Rising and here for the Antigua-Barbuda launch of regional journalist Wesley Gibbings’ Passages at the Best of Books.

 

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August 15th – 16th 2019 – The 14th Annual Antigua-Barbuda Conference and Distinguished Lecture (a joint project of the University off the West Indies Open Campus – Antigua and Barbuda, The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association, and the Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy). This year’s theme is Aft the Ecological and Politica Storms: Whither Barbuda’s Development. Venue – the UWI Open Campus, between Queen Elizabeth and Sir Sydney Walling highways. Confirmed participants are Glenn Sankatsing, keynote speaker and author of Quest to Rescue Our Future (“Quest to Rescue Our Future chronicles the path of humanity, diagnoses our present misfortunes, identifies the dangerous trends and maps the desirable and feasible futures. Most importantly, it locates the transformative social forces that are still intact – the moral reserves of humanity – and delves into the strategy and actions that can shape a different version of humanity), Conference organizer Paget Henry, Valerie Knowles Combie from the University of the Virgin Islands, editor of The Caribbean Writer literary journal Alscess Lewis-Brown, psychologist and poet Elaine Olaoye, Bernadette Farquhar whose specialities are French and linguistics, Antigua and Barbuda’s press secretary Lionel ‘Max’ Hurst, Anique John (law/social justice), Hourglass Investment CEO Norris Morris Harris, and a special panel consisting of secondary school students). For more information contact: Paget Henry (paget_henry@brown.edu), Janet Lofgren (janetlofgren@gmail.com), Zane Peters (zane.peters@open.uwi.edu), or Schuyler Esprit (schuyler.esprit@dec.uwi.edu)

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July to August 2019 – Antigua’s Carnival

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July and August – sessions to be held on July 22nd – 26th & August 12th – 16th 2019 – flyer and registration form copied below-contact me at jhohadli at gmail dot com for more information or to submit registration form: JSYWP Registration Form 2019

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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Share the Honey

Written by Fd/sung by Short Shirt

How dare you assume
I’m a prophet of doom & gloom
‘Cause I’m concerned & so I should be
Night time like jumbie haunting me
Daytime ‘A’ worry constantly
About conditions here in my country
All day we struggle just to get by
While foreigners eating most of the pie
Totally disillusioned some people have given up hope
With financial pressure it’s hard to cope
Many try to drown their sorrows with drink & dope
But not me no

chorus 1
I love Antigua
Way beyond measure
I love Antigua
Here lies my treasure
From Sea View Farm to Old Road
Belly hungry pocket dry
Black clouds of desperation
Sweeping across the sky
Foreigners alone seem to flourish
And I don’t think that is fair
If honey in this rock
Antiguans want their share

verse 2
I am not inviting prejudice nor greed
Outside investors we need
But then we owe then no special favour
Our fathers fought for this legacy
It’s our right not a privilege
To enjoy the best fruits of their labour
But this is one big rat race
Antiguans way back in second place
And may I remind them this is my island in the sun
And no outsider ‘goin’ spoil my fun
I don’t intend to pack my belongings & run
Not me no

chorus 2
I love Antigua
Way beyond measure
I love Antigua
Here lies my treasure
Can’t cater to whims and fancy
Of the foreign man
They want to buy every nook & cranny
Of this blessed land
They smellin’ of sweet success
While we catching we arse right here
If honey in this rock
Antiguans want their share

verse 3
Must be déjà-vous we’ve seen it all before
English pirates came ashore
Exploited we people and their labour
Full up ‘they’ pockets & then sail away
We bear the scars up to this day
But never again not in Antigua
Peacefully we must protest
Any unfair play must be redressed
Picket parliament if you have to
To make our feelings known
From dawn to the setting of the sun
Let our voices ring out as one

chorus 3
I love Antigua
Way beyond measure
I love Antigua
Here lies my treasure
When the best brains of the country
Have to run abroad
A social policy overhaul must be on the cards
And now to my government
My language simple & clear
If honey in this rock
Antiguans want their share

 

Lyrics submitted by the writer. For more Antigua and Barbuda song lyrics, go here.

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Final Push—Writing Camp for Teens in AB

Want to get your teen out of the house this summer while avoiding the summer slide???? Consider the Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project. The writing camp is an opportunity to get outside and explore, and look within and create. There are two planned weeks, before and after Carnival; the first runs from July 22nd – 26th 2019. Led by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse, author of The Boy from Willow Bend and Musical Youth, JSYWP 2019 is open to teens in Antigua and Barbuda. Check jhohadli.wordpress.com or wadadlipen.wordpress.com or  email jhohadli@gmail.com for the registration form. A free spot will be offered for every two paid registrants – so register either way. Register by July 12th 2019. REGISTRATION FORM: JSYWP Registration Form 2019

 

 

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Heaven Help Mankind

written by Fd/performed by Short Shirt

Sittin’ on my boat drinkin’
All alone and thinkin’
A felt a sudden urge to bare my soul
In this world we live in
Damn ludicrous what’s happening
Pictures of helpless victims
Make me blood run cold
So many billions wasted on weapons
Lying in silos under our feet
While millions are dying
Sick babies crying
Homeless, hungry, nothing to eat
Voice from the bottle tellin’ me wake up son
Something must be done
The state of affairs is cause for concern

chorus 1
Something must be wrong
Why mankind hate each other
Something must be wrong
So many million years on this earth together
Something must be wrong
We find cure for all kinds a cancer
Something must be wrong
Is there no cure for greed in the heart my brother
Man like a sailing ship adrift without a sail
Destined for disaster large scale
If some practical solution we don’t hurry up and find
Heaven help mankind

verse 2
Maybe I should have a
Rap with a preacher
Who better to advise me what to do
I spoke with church leaders
And religious teachers
Only to encounter differing views
One preacher tell me
Come to church Saturday
Next preacher tell me
Sabbath day long gone
Roman Catholic say
Try a piece a bacon that’s okay
But Jewish rabbi tell me that is wrong
When A take a look at the Middle East
Where religious fanatics dictate
Big big tug of war between church and state

chorus 2
Something must be wrong
Why man can’t live together
Something must be wrong
Why man can’t trust each other
Something must be wrong
We build bridges over miles a water
Something must be wrong
Where is that bridge to love and peace my brother
Men like Sadaam and mad man Gadafi
Disciples of Hitler left here to haunt we
If the key to trigger nuclear weapons they should find
Heaven help mankind

verse 3
How about the children
Tomorrow’s men and women
Who will provide the guidance they’ll need
Some parents couldn’t care less
And teachers are hard-pressed
Our children’s future looks bleak indeed
And while we vegetate
While we sit and wait
This world is sinkin’ deeper in the mud
Governments won’t take a stand
So radicals take the chance
To go on spillin’ innocent blood
We gotta find that special leader
Dunno where dunno how
Oh Moses where are you now

chorus 3
Something must be wrong
So wrong.. so wrong
Something must be wrong
Everyday we seein’ the sign
Something must be wrong
So wrong.. so so wrong
Something must be wrong
Terribly wrong with mankind
Father clock tickin’ away we near the end of the road
This world sittin’ on a time bomb ready to explode
If we don’t seek intervention of power divine
Heaven help mankind

Lyrics submitted by the writer. For more Antigua and Barbuda song lyrics, go here.

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This Summer’s Antigua Conference to focus on Barbuda

The University of the West Indies Open Campus (Antigua and Barbuda)
The Antigua and Barbuda Studies Association
The Antigua and Barbuda Youth Enlightenment Academy
Announce the
14th Annual Conference and Distinguished Lecture
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After the Ecological and Political Storms: Whither Barbuda’s Development
at
The University of the West Indies Open Campus (Antigua and Barbuda)
August 15–16, 2019

Confirmed participants include:

Glenn Sankatsing, author of Quest to Rescue Our Future (Keynote Speaker)
Paget Henry (Sociology/Philosophy)
Valerie Knowles Combie (English Literature)
Alscess Lewis-Brown, editor of The Caribbean Writer (English)
Bernadette Farquhar (French/Linguistics)
Elaine Olaoye (Poetry/Psychology)
Lionel Hurst (Attorney/Prime Minister’s Press Secretary)
Anique John (Law/Social Justice)
Norris Morris Harris (CEO, Hourglass Investment)
plus
…a special panel consisting of high school students

For more information contact: Paget Henry (paget_henry@brown.edu), Janet Lofgren (janetlofgren@gmail.com), Zane Peters (zane.peters@open.uwi.edu) or Schuyler Esprit (schuyler.esprit@dec.uwi.edu)

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