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A & B Arts Round up – December 13th 2020 –>

The Round up is back! (Our listing of arts activities in and around Antigua and Barbuda has pretty much been on hold since our initial lockdown back in March 2020). We’re still under state of emergency with curfew but with activities (mostly virtual) landing in our (and my personal) inbox, we’ll be sharing them with you again as much as possible. Beginning with…

#CATAPULTDay, a day when all the efforts of the past months by artists across the Caribbean, those fortunate enough to be recipients of Caribbean Creative Arts Online grants via the Catapult programme, will be in the spotlight. The organizers (American Friends of Jamaica, Kingston Creative, and Fresh Milk Barbados) have been promoting the various outputs of the grant recipients – especially the salon activities – for several weeks going back to September-ish. But on December 14th 2020, it climaxes all day long across all social media with a special series of posts including posts spotlighting the three Antiguan and Barbudan grantees.

Capping #catapultday is a networking event which will be streamed on the Kingston Creative YouTube Channel #Caribbeanculturematters

Antiguans and Barbudans for Constitutional Reform and Education’s plans to officially hand over new steel orchestra to the students of Holy Trinity School, replacing instruments lost to hurricane Irma in 2017. Dubbed A Night in Barbuda, the event takes place December 21st 2020 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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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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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Annual Antigua Conference has Barbuda Focus (Full Schedule)

For more of what’s on in Antigua and Barbuda, check our round up.

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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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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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Cushion Club Summer Read Challenge

The Cushion Club Reading Club for Children in Antigua and Barbuda is my other longterm, ongoing voluntary commitment. This means that though I’m not at the Club reading to children every Saturday like I used to, or perhaps especially because I’m not, I try to do what I can to support the work of the Club – dealing with the email communication, putting out the media notices, and whatever else I’m asked to do that is within my means to do. It is so little after all compared to what I used to do. Which is why when Cedric calls to announce that we should do the reading challenge again this year, even if my head is not in the game, I do what I can to assist. And that is this.

This hastily put together flyer has been sent to the media and shared via social media. Help me out by sharing it with any youth groups or children you’ve worked with, or children in your family. Cedric is putting up prizes but reading is its own prize and, as you can see, we’ve not put together a reading list as we did before. I was relieved that I was not expected to do that this time around. Let the kids read what they want and hopefully at least three of them fit the challenge and they MAY win an additional prize.

One advantage is that reading during the summer is one way to beat the summer slide: reading related tips include reading at least 20 minutes per day, exploring different kinds of reading material, making use of your local library, listening to audio books on the road (I would add discussing what you’ve read – discussion generally is a vocabulary builder and a way for young ones to begin to explore their point of view and/or having your kids read to you in the car), read aloud time with your kids, and always always always make reading fun (e.g. read comics and entertain their discussions about who – Superman or Hulk – would win in a throwdown/fight and go watch the movies with them the kid inside of you will be fangirling or fanboying – this is for dads as well as moms and aunties – right alongside them).

So encourage your child (if in Antigua-Barbuda) to participate and here is the listing of local children’s books and some other teen or children’s books lists previously shared on the site, and local books of fiction and Wadadli Pen 2019 book of the year contenders to get you started. If you’re not in Antigua-Barbuda, feel free to challenge yourself as well by having fun with reading this summer – including one local, one Caribbean, one international b00k – you just won’t be in the running for the Cushion Club prizes, but think of everything else you stand to gain.

p.s. for young people with an interest in writing or who could benefit from building their writing skills while exploring Antigua-Barbuda, there’s still time to register for my Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project:

JSYWP Registration Form 2019

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 (specifically the Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings),  Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure and its Spanish language edition Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe). All Rights Reserved. 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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Story Time

This story by Tay-Jah Beazer was the summer 2018 winner of the Friends of Antigua Public Library Short Story competition.

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As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (founder and coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Oh Gad!, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All rights reserved. Subscribe to this site to keep up with future updates.

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