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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid December 2022)

A reminder that the process with these Carib Lit Plus Caribbean arts bulletins is to do a front and back half of the month, updating as time allows as new information comes in; so, come back, or, if looking for an earlier installment, use the search window. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information – it is understood that this is the original sourcing and additional research would have been done by me to build the information shared here – credit and link back if you use).


April 30th 2023 deadline for the Big Cat Writing Competition: Big Cat Writing Competition 2023 Flyer. This year the theme is ‘Celebrating Science’ – encouraging children to write what they love about science. The competition is open to schools worldwide. The maximum word count per story is 500 words and schools can enter two stories per age group (5-7 and 8-11 years). Schools can submit via the online form here. There is a downloadable ​Folder icon Creative Writing Activity Pack including a lesson plan for each age category, along with worksheets to help with the writing process and inspire students to write. A participation certificate is also available to download in the pack. The pack also includes a few recommended readers from the Big Cat programme around the theme of science across the different reading levels, these can be found here. Prizes up for grabs include a year’s access to the Big Cat ebook library for 1 of the key stages (depending on which age category they win), as well as the opportunity to have their story illustrated. Goodie bags and trophies will also be included. Here’s the link to the terms and conditions. We try to keep up with and share as many opportunities as I can. Go here to see more. (Source – Collins Learning email)


This is the cover of an Ian Randle release by Jamaican writer Opal Palmer Adisa, The Storyteller’s Return: Story Poems.

A launch event was held in September 2022 with Kwame Dawes who said of the book, ‘Opal Palmer Adisa has perfected a woman’s grammar, and language rooted in the landscape of Jamaica, a landscape that she apprehends as compelling as a woman’s body: complex, vibrant, dangerous and beautiful—and her poems emerge with a thick, sensual intensity.  In these poems, Adisa brings her sharp eye and rich language to bear on her return to the Jamaica of beauty, sexual and physical violence, loss, and memory—a place where “no one feels safe”, and yet a place where the arias of “maaanin-maanin” are restorative.  Adisa summons the spirit of women to guide her through memory and the stories in poems that are vulnerable, fierce and revealing.  Opal Palmer Adisa has been writing successfully for years, and yet in The Storyteller’s Return, one has the sense of a first and complete voice, a way of seeing that is urgent and powerful.  Adisa’s grandmother tells her, “fi always have a good home/ dash you pee across you doorway”. In the woman’s grammar, transgression is liberation.  This is an affirming and necessary meditation on the contradictory meaning of home by a gifted poet and storyteller. “Home,” writes the storyteller, “will always remain unfinished”.’ (Source – Ian Randle Publishers on Facebook) 

Art and Culture News

Re Antigua and Barbuda Conference 2022, I haven’t been able to access the full video as yet but I did want to share that my (Joanne C. Hillhouse’s) presentation and full paper are linked from my Appearances page on Jhohadli, and I discuss Don Charles presentation with him in an entry from my CREATIVE SPACE column. (Source – Me)


A question for Antiguans and Barbudans, all-yuh remmeber a movie that ran on ABS in the 80s. It was incomplete but locally made, and may have included Vaughn Walter and Edson Buntin. I have been struggling to remember the name of that film or find another person who can remember it existed at all. Help me out. It’s absence is a gap in the Playwrights and Screenwriters (the Antigua-Barbuda connection) database. Speaking of film databases, we have previously reported on the regional film preservation/archival initiative (Interreg CINUCA Caribbean Digital Cinematheque Heritage), and, to update, the Daily Observer recently reported on the participation of Antiguan and Barbudan film producers Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMA in the Archive Film Festival in Guadeloupe, at which there were representatives from Canada, Dominican Republic, France, French-Guyana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, and Trinidad and Tobago.

In these images from HAMA Films on Facebook, the Allens are pictured accepting their flowers for 30 years in film (actually 30+ years as their first film and Antigua and Barbuda’s first feature length film The Sweetest Mango premiered in 2001) and, in the second image with Mariel Browne from Filmco in Trinidad and Tobago.

Observer quoted H. Allen as saying, “the main objective is to establish an audio-visual library content throughout the islands would be stored in one location.” The concerns include access for research and the high costs of doing so from foreign institution’s databases, and the lack of legislation to protect existing film content (e.g. in private collections) from being destroyed or from deteriorating (due to poor storage). To contribute to cataloguing for Antigua and Barbuda, I believe you should be able to reach out to Brenda Lee Browne (brendalee.browne@gmail.com). & if there are gaps in our own record keeping here on Wadadli Pen, let us know (wadadlipen@gmail.com).

(Source Daily Observer by Newsco)


Artist Stephen Murphy comes to Abracadabra on December 15th:


On the heels of the showcase reported in CREATIVE SPACE, Art in Antigua & Barbuda has announced A Christmas Art Fair for December 11th at Lucky Eddi’s in English Harbour. The event is free and runs from 5 to 9 p.m. (Source – Instagram DM)


It’s the season for musical events and fundraisers to stoke the mood and here comes Ebenezer Methodist Fundraising Committee’s Carols in the City: A Pan Event.

(Source – VGB on Facebook)


New Winthorpes, Antigua based music academy Le Chateau d’Or is teaming up with the Princess Margaret School Drama Club for a Christmas event.

(Source – LCD on Facebook)


A couple of late November visual art events in Antigua and Barbuda that got media coverage are the Art in Antigua Exhibition at Catherine’s Cafe, included in CREATIVE SPACE #24 OF 2022: ARTING AROUND, and of the teacher-student showcase, the Secondary School Visual Arts Expo, reported in the Daily Observer newspaper.

(Source – Me + Daily Observer by Newsco)

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, Oh Gad!Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and The Jungle Outside). All Rights Reserved. Subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Where to Find Lost! This Thursday


I will be signing copies of my new book, the children’s picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure on Thursday 21st December 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Best of Books bookstore on St. Mary’s Street, Antigua.

See you there?

Copies of my other books – particularly With Grace, a Caribbean fairytale, and Musical Youth, a Burt Award winning teen/young adult novel – will be available for purchase, and I’ll be happy to sign those as well.

With gratitude.

If you’re not in Antigua, you can still purchase my books. Please ask for them at your local bookstore and encourage them to stock them. Share this link.

Also, I don’t usually do this but I’m going to share some of the online purchasing links below, simply because it’s come up recently.

Amazon (US)

Amazon (India)

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (Canada)

Amazon (Denmark)

Booktopia (Australia)

Amazon (France)

Amazon (Spain)

Amazon (Japan)

Amazon (Australia)

Barnes & Noble

Tanum (Oslo)


Thrift Books


…and so on.

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, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, 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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A & B Arts Round Up – November 29th 2016 –>

January – February 2017 – Just a reminder that it’s not too early to start thinking about your Wadadli Youth Pen Prize submissions for the 2017 Challenge season. Teachers, youth workers, parents, start encouraging the young people in your lives to start creating; young people, start creating.

January 20th – 22nd 2017 has been announced as the dates of the 4th Just Write Writers Retreat at Mount Tabor, John Hughes, Antigua. Like the page for more updates.

December 29th 2016 – Naydene Gonnella’s Pop-Phiz Art Exhibition opens 6 – 9 p.m. at Copper & Lumber.

December 21st 2016 – With Grace – Antigua Launch – new book by Wadadli Pen founder/coordinator/blogger Joanne C. Hillhouse launches 6 p.m. at the Best of Books on St. Mary’s, Antigua. Facebook Events Page here.

December 16th 2016 – Museum Christmas Party – at the Museum on Long Street (main floor) – Expressions Choir sings at 7:30 p.m. – bring what you can (drinks, finger food) for the Christmas table.

December 11th 2016 – Sunday Market at Shirley Heights Lookout – perfect opportunity to get Christmas gifts by artists and artisans living and working in Antigua- from small items to special orders in a beautiful setting.

December 3rd 2016 – Grammy nominated bluegrass band Della Mae is on a three nation tour of the Caribbean courtesy of the US Embassy in Barbados. The Antigua concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Multipurpose Centre.


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Island Vybes Christmas Volume 1

A Wadadli Christmas, anyone? Cool idea. Kudos to Roger Perry for pulling it off. Look forward to hearing the tracks by El A Kru, Jashan Hughes, Laurena Davis and others (folks known for singing soca singing Christmas songs) sometime this season. Read more.

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Christmas Shopping

Buy local, buy local, buy local….that’s all I’m going to say on that. Now check out these events by two of our Wadadli Pen 2014 patrons:

art at the ridge

ART AT THE RIDGE‘s annual art & craft fair at Sugar Club is not to be missed!  Gorgeous and unique gifts by LYRIS TRACEY of ISLAND MANTRA!  This year CARIB BEAN COFFEE COMPANY will be there too!  Free admission, sample nibbles & beverages



The Best of Books “is declaring Saturday 14th December 2013 Antiguan Author’s Day. We are inviting all of the writers who contributed to “So The Nailhead Bend, So the Story End” and other Antiguan Authors to be at the Best of Books  between the hours of 1:30 & 4:00 PM to meet your fans. Spend a quiet moment with a reader who has questions to ask you about the characters of your book. Read your favorite section of your own book and identify sections of books by other local authors that you found particularly …interesting. It’s an afternoon to autograph books, interact with your readers and simply enjoy the book environment. Authors Please RSVP and let us know if you will support this activity.”  N.B. This is an event note posted to the Best of Books event page. It’s addressed to the authors…but of course for that interaction to take place that mean readers you’ve got to be there too.
While you’re there you might also want to pick up these books by participating authors:
In the Black: New African Canadian Writing, The Politics of Black Women’s Hair, Being Black, Loving this Man, Ladies of the Night and Other Stories, How the East Pond Got Its Flowers – by Althea Prince
Nobody Go Run Me: the Life and Times of Sir Mclean Emmanuel – by Dorbrene O’Marde
The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories and Antigua My Antigua – by Barbara Arrindell
The Boy from Willow Bend, Fish Outta Water, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, and Oh Gad! – by Joanne C. Hillhouse
Considering Venus – by D. Gisele Isaac
I am that I am and I am – by Tameka Jarvis-George
Journeycakes – by Monica Matthew
Motion in Poetry – by Motion
…to name a few.
See our Antiguan and Barbudan listings for more books and buy LOOOOCAL.

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Young Artists Take Note

Art At The Ridge is inviting entries for its 2013 Christmas Card Competition from children (aged 7 to 19 years old) in Antigua & Barbuda.  Following in the footsteps of the Bank of Antigua and the Museum of Antigua & Barbuda, which originally created this popular and much-loved annual art competition, Art At The Ridge has taken on the mantle to continue to hold this competition again this year, for the third year running.

Art At The Ridge is keen to encourage creativity among Antigua & Barbuda’s youngsters and anticipates continued enthusiastic participation in this event.  The Ministry of Education has been informed of this competition and they have been invited to encourage the island’s schools to participate.  Parents are also invited to encourage their children to submit artwork directly if their school is unable to participate.

Competition entry rules are available from Art At The Ridge and the deadline date for submission of artwork is Thursday 31 October 2013.  As in previous years, artwork will be judged in six age groups.  There are prizes to be won and the winning artwork will be reproduced as Christmas cards, which are eagerly anticipated every year.  They are sold all over the island and many are then sent overseas where they receive further recognition and acclaim.  The artistic standard of the competition is high and has often led to further artistic endeavours by previous winners.

Address: Art At The Ridge, Sugar Ridge Village, PO Box 84 Jolly Harbour, St Mary’s, Antigua & Barbuda

Contact: Joy James

Email: ArtAtTheRidge@hotmail.com

Tel: 728 1558

Webpage: http://www.facebook.com/ArtAtTheRidge

Here’s a little inspiration from last year’s winners’ circle:



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