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Wadadli Pen Open Mic – A New Beginning

When: Saturday, January 14, 2012

Time: 7:30pm until 9:00pm.

Where: Best of Books, #1 Village Walk, Friar’s Hill Rd

Description: No we’re not starting over, but with a New Year comes another opportunity, a clean page to write our lives the way we want it. An opportunity to not just build from scratch but to move forward building of off our experiences from the past year(s).

With that in mind Wadadli Pen Open Mic presents: A New Beginning. Let us greet the new year the best way we know how, with the word.

So looking forward to seeing and sharing with all of our old and new friends and come tell us your stories, share your poetry, sing us your songs, entertain us with your plays and test your verbal skills if you’re up for the impromtu challenges.

Saturday 14th January promises a fun evening for the whole family as we do everytime.

A New Beginning – See it how you want it, Take it how you feel it, say it how you mean it.

Remember: Saturday 14th January, 7:30pm sharp, Best of Books #1 Village Walk, Friar’s Hill Rd.

Happy New Year!

Promoting Literacy in Antigua and Barbuda

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Mario Picayo reads in Antigua

On a 16 country trek through the Caribbean, Cuban born children’s author Mario Picayo (PICAYO PRESS) stopped and read from his book, A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z), at Best of Books in Antigua on December 30th. Children and adults alike were engaged. Here are some highlights courtesy Picayo himself and the Best of Books).

another view.

...and another.


Picayo flanked by Glen Toussaint (left) and Barbara Arrindell holding a copy of her own recently released and reportedly selling like hotcakes book Antigua My Antigua. Glen and Barbara are both of the Best of Books bookstore.

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Lit News – a mini update

1. The local literary community made out okay at the National Youth Awards this past Saturday. Congrats to Tameka Jarvis-George, Brenda Lee Browne, and the Best of Books. Jarvis-George received the Literary Arts Award, Browne received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Best of Books rceived a Corporate Award. It was a good night; congrats to both winners and organizers (on a totally self-indulgent note congrats also to my niece D’jeri for her sports award). Here’s more.

2. Emile Hill’s Angels Project launches this coming Saturday at the National Museum, 8 p.m. Looking forward to it. Congrats to him as well.

3. You have to check this out.

4. And don’t forget all the other fun activity: Mixing poetry and moonlight are Expressions and the Wadadli Pen Open Mic especially – the former the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Heavenly Java 2 Go and the latter the second Saturday of every month at the Best of Books on Friars Hill Road, #1 Village Walk Mall. No word yet on the December Open Mic theme but I can tell you that Expressions is planning a special screening for its last session of the season, December 13th.

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Wadadli Pen Open Mic and Antigua Public Library Team Up

The following notice was issued by the organizers of the Wadadli Pen Open Mic:

Wadadli pen open mic continues under the theme ‘It’s My Thing’.

In addition we’ll be linking up with the Public Library – which, as a promotion for its American Corner, will be staging its first Open Mic – for a (Wadadli-Pen first) double-header Open-mic/ Spoken word.

As usual invitation is extended to EVERYBODY so walk wit your BB, book, friend, paper, pencil, pen…come out and enjoy an evening of the word. Open Mic starts at 7:00pm and don’t forget the topic ‘Its My Thing’; take it how you want it, say it how you feel it.

Venue (as usual): The Best of Books at Royal Palm on Friars Hill Road.

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2011 Sponsors and Partners

(This list will continue to grow as names are added, so keep checking back)

2011 Partners:

The Best of Books

Brenda Lee Browne (media and communications consultant/writer)

Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau (poet)

Renee Phillip (art teacher)

More on Past partnerships and Wadadli Pen history here.

2011 Sponsors:

ABI Insurance

Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Limited

Seven Seas (via Antigua and Barbuda distributor Frank B. Armstrong)

The Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

The International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda

D. Gisele Isaac (author of Considering Venus; screenwriter, No Seed and the Sweetest Mango; fmr. Wadadli Pen judge)


Floree Williams (author of Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses, Through A Window)


Edison Arts

K & E Party Time and Rentals

Jennifer Meranto

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Marcel Marshall

See past sponsors here

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“Outdoor Book and Story Fair”

25th June – UWI Open Campus (formerly known as
University Centre)

5 pm    Part 1- Wadadli Pen
Open Mic Special Edition for Youth Top Prize from
New Gate  

6 pm    Part 2 – Wadadli Pen Challenge 2011 Prize Giving Ceremony

7 pm    Part 3- Wadadli
Pen Open Mic Special Edition for Adults Top Prize from Whispering Bamboo

8 PM    Part 4    Back on the
Stage Again Drama – Music – Dance – Poetry & More

26th June 2011 ACB Parking Lot  – St. Mary’s Street


10:00 AM I Keep Safe – Internet
Safety! A fun workshop for children & parents

10:30 AM Mr. Terrific – Bringing
energy to our youth through the pages of our books.

11:30 AM Arline Edwards-Joseph,
Ph.D.,   “Once a student, Now a
teacher”, Once a camper, Now a counsellor, Once a child, Now a parent.”

1PM – 5
PM. For adults Local Authors Tents; Book Wars; Writing
& Reading workshops, Teaching your child to read with Jolly Phonics at home;

Maths can be fun and interactive
with BEAM,

1PM – 5
PM. For children Story
Time with celebrity readers, Bounce Castle by LIVI Inflatables, Meet
Dora and enjoy Face Painting by Shawanda Party People,
Lucky dip, CCSET International Dr. Seuss Tent, Piglets Arts & Craft
Activity Time; Reading Competitions for 9 – 11 year olds; Artist the Juggler
with his bag of tricks; Spelling Competitions for 6 – 8 year olds; On the Spot
Writing Competitions for 12 – 18 year olds, Art Lessons with Edison Liburd; Poetry
Competitions and more. Call 562 7654 to
register for our morning workshops for educators, youth group leaders and
parents – space is limited. main sponsors

Bringing books from the shelves to the
sidewalks ..

…And stories from the pages to the pavement

The Best of Books and Literary Antigua

Our Partners

ACB                          COURTS                     LIME

UWI Open Campus /  Piglets / The Optimist Club of St. John’s/

Occasions Party Rentals / Whispering
Bamboo / New Gate  

Participating Publishers

 NELSON THORNES                  MACMILLAN                 PEARSON                  OXFORD READING TREE

/ Jolly Learning Ltd


 25% OFF all books except School Text Books which are 10% off
Wednesday 15th – Friday 24nd June
Ask about 40 & 50% off specials

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Honouring Motherhood+ at May Wadadli Pen Open Mic

Notice from the Best of Books – hosts of the monthly Wadadli Pen Open Mic @ their Royal Palm Branch, Friars Hill Road, Antigua:

As we prepare for the May instalment of Wadadli Pen Open-Mic we invite all writers to honour motherhood and good health, and May Poles and May weddings  with our unusual topic

“A life, a spirit … a name” .

Write your short story, poem, monologue, short skit or song and be prepared to share and to enjoy what others will share. Everyone is invited to an evening of words, as we celebrate “life, spirit and a name”.

Saturday 14th May

Royal Palm Place


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lit comp updated flyer

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The 2011 challenge is to create engaging children’s literature; i.e. the kind of story or poem a parent might read to a child or a young reader would pick up and read on his or her own. This can be stories with children as characters and/or the kinds of adventures and/or fantasies that might appeal to younger readers.

The word limit is 600 per entry.

Entries can be fiction, non fiction, or poetry.

They can be in any style or genre (fantasy, sci fi, drama, comedy etc.) but must be targeted at the children’s market and must have a Caribbean sensibility. (see Wadadli Pen Writing Tips for more on this).

Entries must be original and previously unpublished.

Any legal resident or citizen of Antigua and Barbuda may enter, provided he/she is 35 years or younger. Contingent on the quality of the entries, winners will be selected in the 12 and under

Last year's under 12 winner...T Benjamin accepting her prizes from Museum curator Michelle Henry (thanks, Michelle, for always being a gracious friend to Wadadli Pen)

, 13 to 17, and 18 to 35 age categories, with three overall best writers being selected as well – these may come from any of the age categories. The winner with the overall number one spot is the winner whose name will be added to the Challenge plaque sponsored by the Best of Books.

All winners will receive prizes submitted by various sponsors and divided at the discretion of the organizer. For the full list of 2011 sponsors, see here.

Each writer is allowed up to three entries.

Entries must be submitted electronically, in Microsoft Word format, to wadadlipen@yahoo.com  (either as an attachment or copied into the body of the email).

Subject line should read ‘BEST OF BOOKS WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2011 submission (plus the main author’s initials)– for example, if I were submitting, it would read: BEST OF BOOKS WADADLI PEN CHALLENGE 2011 JCH – attachments without the appropriate subject line will not be opened

Joint submissions are acceptable but all names must be listed and winners will have to divide the prizes among themselves (there will not be duplicates of prizes).

Entrants are allowed to submit illustrations either by the writer or someone else (not within the text but separately as jpeg files) with stories; these will not weigh in the judging of the story but, if selected, can help enhance the presentation. If you do submit art, be sure to include the name of the artist so that he/she can be credited if the story is selected. In allotting prizes, however, this will be treated as a joint submission with the prizes presented to the main writer (to be divided at his/her discretion with his/her partners)

Antiguans and Barbudans not resident on the island may also enter provided they can designate a resident Antiguan and Barbudan to collect their winnings; prizes will not be shipped overseas.

The 2011 submission deadline is March 31st 2011. Winners will be announced (and rewarded) in June 2011 at the Best of Books 10th anniversary celebrations. In the interim, judges will deliberate and work with the short listed writers on editing the top submissions, readying them for publication.

Include (on a separate page) your name, age, gender, school (if any), email, phone, address and, if below age 18, the name of your parent/guardian and contact number; if 18 and over, include place of employ or institution of study.

Be sure to name your story/poem.

Submit a short bio – no more than five lines.

Submit as well, a short story summary (optional) – no more than five lines. This is not a blow by blow account of the story but a synopsis which should include the central theme, main characters, and plot synopsis: in other words what’s the story about?


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Tell me a story…

…that’s the theme for the next Wadadli Pen Open Mic. As usual it’ll be the second Saturday of the coming month (the month of March), 7 p.m. at Best of Books, Friars Hill Road (Antigua).

The Saturday 12th February 2011 Open Mic was eventful. Lots of last minute readings at final call (“just one more, just one more”); a couple of songs from regular, Artist; a mini-play (i.e. scenes from the AIDS themed play ‘Dreams Faces Reality’ written by Barbara Arrindell and initially staged a few years ago) also performed b regulars; several new faces; a health emergency that put everything on pause but worked out okay in the end…and more poetry. I’ve notice that it’s primarily poetry at open mic…need some short story writers in the mix…

I took the opportunity, as promised, to promote the 2011 Wadadli Pen challenge, fielding questions, laying out the guidelines and ecouraging people to enter. It looks promising.

I’m psyched about this year’s competition, looking forward to see what people come up with. Glen (the host of Open Mic) gave them a prompt with next month’s open mic theme – in the spirit of the children’s literature focus of this year’s challenge – ‘Tell Me A Story’.

Mark your calendars, and get writing.

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