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Photo of the Day

Okay so we don’t have a photo of the day segment but it seemed the best tag for this image of Antiguan and Barbudan artist Zavian Archibald, fresh from the facebook #artistchallenge.

Zavian is captured at the Best of Books Bookstore (photo source) holding copies of Barbara A. Arrindell’s Turtle Beach, which she illustrated, and my (Joanne C. HIllhouse’s) book The Jungle Outside, both from the Harper Collins international Big Cat series of children’s books. Both books had their UK release in January, becoming available in other markets after that.

From Fish Outta Water

Zavian, a professional artst, art educator, and illustrator, has previously worked on Fish Outta Water (now Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure illustrated by Danielle Boodoo Fortune) by Joanne C. Hillhouse. To find and commission her, see our listing of publishing and publishing related professionals.

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, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, 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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And the Winner is…

No, you didn’t sleep and miss another season of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge, but you did miss your opportunity to win a copy of my new book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (a children’s picture book).

The winner had to play to win by responding to trivia questions launched during Independence season and spotlighting local artists. You may remember that this was triggered in part by discussions about the arts (in which I participated) during the Antigua and Barbuda Independence season.

The winner got all but two of the questions correct. She is FAYOLA JARDINE (who is also a 2017 Wadadli Pen Challenge finalist). Peep her answers (and the correct answers) below.

This person won the Dan David prize for Jewish writers
Fayola’s Answer: Jamaica Kincaid
Correct Answer: Jamaica Kincaid
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Jamaica Kincaid (born Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson) is a convert to Judaism. The Ovals, Antigua born, US based author of many books, including Annie John and Lucy, won the Dan David Prize in 2017

This person is the founder of Moondancer Books
Fayola’s Answer: Floree Williams
Correct Answer: Floree Williams
Floree Williams Whyte already had two books – Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses and Through a Window – to her credit when she launched the independent press Moondancer Books to publish her children’s book The Wonderful World of Yohan in 2017.
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This person wrote ‘An Interview with hurricane Luis’
Fayola’s Answer: Joy Lawrence
Correct Answer: Joy Lawrence
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The 1995 hurricane unleashed Joy Lawrence‘s poetic voice though in the years since she’s become known as a folk historian thanks to books like The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways, and several village histories.

This person participated in the Pan Am Games
Fayola’s Answer: Edison Liburd
Correct Answer: Heather Doram
Heather Doram is a celebrated Antiguan and Barbudan artist, Carnival costume designer, and former Culture Director. Her piece, Rootedness, was one of several from around the world featured at the Textile Museum of Canada as a partner project to the 2015 Pan Am Games.
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This person runs an art camp for kids
Fayola’s Answer: Heather Doram
Correct Answer: Edison Liburd
In 2011, Edison Liburd, another talented Antiguan and Barbudan visual artist actually offered a scholarship to one of Wadadli Pen’s art challenge winners to participate in one of his summer camps.
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This person has degrees in physics and chemistry
Fayola’s Answer: Dorbrene O’Marde
Correct Answer: Dorbrene O’Marde
Dorbrene O’Marde Dorbrene O'Mardeis best known as a playwright, calypso writer, author (including the biography of the Monarch King Short Shirt) and cultural activist, but has degrees in physics and chemistry from the University of the West Indies.

This person is a UNESCO award winner
Fayola’s Answer: Sylvanus Barnes
Correct Answer: Sylvanus Barnes
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Barnes, a beloved local poet, is one of several writers to receive an honour award for contribution to literacy and the literary arts from the local UNESCO body in 2004
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This person had a sister named Ethlyn
Fayola’s Answer: King Obstinate
Correct Answer: King Obstinate
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King Obstinate’s heartfelt calypso Who Kill Me Sister, queries in direct address to the then police commissioner, the (alleged) murder of his sister, Ethlyn.

This person is a 2007 Hurston Wright award nominee
Fayola’s Answer: Marie Elena John
Correct Answer: Marie Elena John
Marie Elena John’s debut novel Unburnable was nominated for the 2007 Hurston Wright Award (a prestigious US award for writers of African descent) for best first book.
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This person wrote How the Starfish got to the Sea
Fayola’s Answer: Althea Prince
Correct Answer: Althea Prince
This children’s book was written by a then Althea Trotman in 1993. Her other books (as Althea Prince) include How the East Pond got its Flowers and Ladies of the Night.
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I’ll be contacting Fayola to collect her prize (and look forward to her posting her reader review on Amazon, Goodreads, or even here on WordPress); in the meantime why don’t you get to know these Antiguan and Barbudan artists and support all our work as much as you can. Bless.

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, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Oh Gad! ). All Rights Reserved.

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MAILBOX – National Pavilion of Antigua and Barbuda at the Venice Biennale

Life is funny and art too…because little as Frank Walter’s art is known at home, I’ve come across several instances of him being posthumously feted abroad. The most recent occasion is an email to my inbox from Paolo Meneghetti, an Italian critic of contemporary aesthetics and a curator of contemporary art exhibitions. I learned through this correspondence that Walter’s work was shown at the Venice Biennale between May and November 2017.

Meneghetti wrote about this, reporting that Walter’s art made up the entire Antigua and Barbuda portion of the exhibition.

Wadadli Pen is all about sharing our arts, so if visual arts is your thing, be sure to check out Meneghetti’s review of Walter’s art as presented at the Bienniale – written in his original Italian, but just use the translate button to read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mailbox – Cher

This is an Antigua-Barbuda lit-arts centric site but we routinely share things beyond the borders of the literary arts, Antigua and Barbuda, and even the Caribbean. We’re not able to share everything and reserve the right to share what we choose – within whatever window time allows. This email comes from Barbados but we’re sharing it primarily because it penetrates the borders of the socio-historical as relates to African people and centers a woman more of us need to know about, Saartjie Baartman. Hey, maybe you already do, but for those who don’t. And also to say congrats to Bajan scribe and artist Cher-Antoinette as she prepares to launch her inaugural solo-exhibition. Bajan-peeps, check it out; Cher, best of luck and send us some pictures for the blog.12af77c3-97b3-43da-b499-e69a1d62f296

Cher-Antoinette is a scientist, writer and visual artist. Her inaugural solo-exhibition is being planned in association with the Errol Barrow Centre of Creative Imagination (EBCCI) at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus for the month of March 2017.

The theme of the exhibition “Just Call Me Sarah: The Colours of a Woman” was conceived in part by the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the last days in the life of Saartjie Baartman (Sarah). This KhoiKhoi woman of South African descent was made to believe that she would have a better life in Europe in the 1800’s, with wealth and prosperity, if she agreed to showcase her attributes – her ability to sing and dance and more importantly, her physical characteristics which were never before seen by the white Europeans.

The story is short, Sarah was ‘stolen’ from her homeland and sold for display in London as a “Phenomenon”. She was ridiculed and objectified and died a lonely, painful death having been placed into a life of abuse and prostitution such that we may not be able to comprehend. Five years she lived and died in Europe, a life filled with ridicule, abuse and objectification – all because she looked different with large breasts, spreading hips, an ample buttocks (a genetic condition called Steatopygia) and an elongated labia.

Her objectification was imposed upon her. Her hyper-sexuality was bestowed on her and her bodily shape was used to signify (albeit incorrectly) the close relations between black people and animals (orangutans) and also to stand as proof of ideologies regarding black female primitivism.

“The history of her exploitation touched a raw nerve in me, maybe because I also am a full figured woman, with possibly a similar genetic situation. But more importantly I am very concerned in the manner in which this present generation is embracing such self-objectification and in my mind tainting the beauty of the full figured woman. Many have chosen to initiate or be comfortable with their socially imposed objectification and in some instances have ridiculed themselves and participated in setting a stage where their perceived value is diminished. The lines of sensuality and sexuality have been blurred significantly. The Colours seen in my portfolio speak to the wholesomeness of womanhood, the joy of being a woman and the fact that beauty and strength come from within with the guidance of that which the Universe in its Divine Order has presented to us.” (Cher)

There are 25 pieces to be displayed with the primary media being singularly and a combination of watercolour, pen/ink, and charcoal, acrylic inks on paper and acrylic on canvas.

 

 

If, like us, you’re not in Barbados, you can still check out the artists’ work (though not this collection just yet) online.

 

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Congratulations, Heather!

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Renowned Antiguan and Barbudan artist (and artiste) Heather Doram will have her work (pictured above) featured alongside 40 other Pan American artists when the Pan Am/Parapan 2015 Games open.

The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to announce Watercolour, a cultural project presented in partnership with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games. Celebrating the culture and artistry of Pan American nations, Watercolour will comprise 41 sails featuring artwork by one artist from each participating country. Encompassing work from internationally renowned to emerging and mid-career artists, the designs will animate sailboats on Lake Ontario with their rich visual diversity during ceremonies at the Toronto 2015 Games.

Full details in this release from the Textile Museum of Canada: TMCPressRelease_WatercolourPanAmericanGames_May62015artists

Congrats, Heather!

As with all content (words, images, other) 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,  Fish Outta Water, Oh Gad! and Burt Award finalist Musical Youth). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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OPPORTUNITY FOR LITERARY AND ARTISTIC ANTIGUAN AND BARBUDAN ANGLICAN YOUTH

Poetry writing competition:

You can enter once in each of the categories or you may decide to write a poem for only one category. It is up to you. We would like each of our young people to submit at least one piece. The winning poem will be used on cards printed for distribution in the parish on Mother’s Day and on Father’s Day.

Write a short poem using not more than 10 lines and not less than 4 lines to expresses your feelings for

(a) Fathers

(b) Fathers who have no biological children, but who have cared for many.

(c) Mothers

(d) Mothers who have no biological children, but who have cared for many.

 

Art Competition: Send us a design that can be used to create

(a) A Father’s Day Card

(b) A Mother’s Day Card.

Note: There should be no words on this. It should be pure artwork. It can be drawn by hand – on white Bristol board/cardstock – or created electronically, but must be original work completed by the young person, 18 years or younger. The Winning artwork will be used on cards printed for distribution in the parish on Mother’s Day and on Father’s Day.

All work should be submitted to the Sunday School Supervisor or organization leader or can be brought to The Deanery, St. Johns Street.

Deadline for submission Mothers’ Day: _On or before 27th April, 2014 _

Deadline for submission Fathers’ Day: _On or before 25th May, 2014 _

Other prizes will be presented to our outstanding young writers and artist.

Prizes will be awarded in the following category: Poems and artwork: 6-10Years; 11-15years; 16-18years

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