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Wadadli Pen (Art and and Update)

A short update re the 2018 Wadadli Pen Challenge. We’re still working but hope to have the awards ceremony in April 2018. Specific date and other details to come. This year is Winner Take All and thanks to the patrons named below said winner (pulled from a field of almost 70 entries) will be amply rewarded.

Art. Culture. Antigua – Barbara Arrindell – Barbara Arrindell & Associates Best of Books Carol Mitchell – Cedric Holder on behalf of the Cushion Club Frank B. Armstrong – Jane Seagull – Joanne C. Hillhouse – Juneth Webson – Monique S. Simon – Pam Arthurton

As usual not all patrons wish to be named and one or two aren’t confirmed, but to all we say thank you.

And now as my thanks to you for stopping by and for your patience (all who submitted), I’m going to share my favourite of the winning Wadadli Pen art submissions over the years. So that you have something beautiful to look at while you wait. And to remind you that Wadadli Pen hasn’t been exclusively about the literary arts. In 2010, we had our first Art Challenge themed Black and Beautiful. In 2011, we invited artists to register to create illustrations for shortlisted stories. In 2013, we had an Anansi Challenge broken down in to junior and senior categories. In 2014, we had a cover art challenge. That was the last one.  Art notes after the images. What do you think, should we bring back the art Challenge?

10.jpgLast Cry (Final) Alvin Livingstone



second runner up


Delinquent Development


twins artwork final

The Knock On My Door.jpg


Art notes (disclaimer – these contests are gone and done, and the prizes spent; and I had no hand in the selection of the winner. Point being, my musings are my own):

First image – 2010 – one of my absolute favourites – and unfortunately I lost the record of which image from this year belongs to which of the winning artists – so the artist is either Ashley Clendenen, Akeem Barry, or Shem Alexander.

Second image – 2014 cover image for Last Cry if it were a book – artist: Alvin Livingstone – every time I look at this I see something new. Another of my absolute favourites.

Third image – 2010 – another one by either Ashley Clendenen, Akeem Barry, or Shem Alexander – and you know what’s striking to me about this not the profile in the foreground but the symbolism and parchment effect in the background.

Fourth image – 2011 – this is so whimsical to me and such a good match with its story, Sands and Butterflies – the artist is Hudle Jennings.

Fifth image – 2011 – this artist was eight year old Freya Platts-Costeloe and I thought she did a really good job capturing her matched story (The Scary Night)- love the level of detail.

Sixth image – 2013 – this character study of Mrs. Anansi was one of three images submitted by Garvin Jeffrey Benjamin – she’s a character isn’t she?

Seventh image – 2014 – Something about this one really appealed to me but don’t ask me to explain what…something to do with the house itself and the way it captures in a single image both the narrative and the mood of the poem Delinquent Development – artist is Shazianne/Hilesha Humphreys.

Eighth image – 2011 – This didn’t win or place (as I remember) but it was one of my favourites – the way both sides of the image mirror each other and capture the individual personality of the twins in the story Market Day, the market lady in the middle, and the mangos in sync with the story itself in my opinion – artist is S A Dixon.

Ninth image – 2014 – Emile Hill is a professional artist in his own right and I thought he handled the challenge (cover art for The Knock on My Door) well – from the creepy font to the looming monster to the eye in the doorway.

Tenth image – 2010 – As noted, the artist is either the artist is either Ashley Clendenen, Akeem Barry, or Shem Alexander, and the medium (with all of them) seems to have been some form of mixed media – but it’s the little stormy face, not the extras, that catch my eye in this one.

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A & B Arts Round up (October 29th 2015 – )

200de1_f467ad6778934981b96d99a1a95992f1_jpg_srb_p_600_414_75_22_0_50_1_20_0Nicoya Henry, 20, is currently repping the 268 (translation: representing Antigua and Barbuda) in the Caribbean Next Top Model. Wishing her lots of opportunities and personal and career growth on this journey. If you’re in Antigua and Barbuda, you can catch it Monday nights at 9 p.m. on Channel 45. Official CNTM website.


Bigging up the girls of AGHS, Antigua’s team to the Caribbean Secondary Schools’ Drama Festival in Trinidad & Tobago. They’ll be performing Zahra Airall’s The Forgotten. Wishing them luck.


Just a reminder that the Independence Visual Arts Exhibition wraps at the end of this week (I believe that if you’re in Antigua and Barbuda you have one more day to catch it). It’s at the Multipurpose Centre and includes the work of local artists like Emile Hill, X-Sapphair King, Glenroy Aaron, and others, as well as some of our talented artisans.

Check it out. And learn from my mistake, go before 5 p.m.

(some images from the exhibition with thanks to Brenda Lee Browne for sharing)


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Gilly Gobinet, whose books you’ll find referenced on this site, is an artist based in Antigua. Her new art gallery in Fitches Creek will be opening on Friday 6th November 2015 between 5 and 8 p.m. if you want to check it out.


Tim Hector Memorial Lecture – the Annual Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Lecture will be held on Friday 13th November at 8 p.m. at the Multipurpose Centre – Dr. Horace Campbell, Professor of American Studies and Political Science, Syracuse University, NY will lecture on Renewed Cuba-USA Relations and the Caribbean Independence Project. Gerald Price, former director of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross, will posthumously receive the LTHM Award.


Note from the founder re Just Write Writers Retreat: “The countdown is on for the 2016 Just Write Writers’ Retreat…thanks for all the interest and sharing…12 persons will have an opportunity to write, share, learn and be part of a community of writers…. The retreat begins the evening of Friday, January 08 and ends late afternoon Sunday, January 10, 2016. The cost includes: accommodation; twin room; all meals; refreshments; materials; writing sessions and a tutorial session…the cost is EC$650 per person. All participants will be asked to send a piece of writing….deposit and email address details to follow….looking forward to a great weekend…” Keep up with future updates by liking the Just Write page ‪‪‪

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All about the arts…

May check this one out…

west point

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Art Post – Glenroy Aaron

In the spirit of sharing what’s happening on the Antiguan and Barbudan arts scene, I thought I’d share images from Glenroy Aaron’s first show at Art at the Ridge. This is one…more to come…

UPDATED! (2015 from the original 2013 post) to add this picture of Aaron with Art at the Ridge owner, Joy, and his cover design for my book Musical Youth – released 2014.glenroy

Musical Youth, cover art by Antiguan and Barbudan artist Glenroy Aaron.


Another, my fave I think



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