I posted this on my facebook earlier today…and now I’m posting it here:
Just got off the phone with Conrad Luke and feeling extremely blessed as he, with no pleading whatsoever from me, pledged a second straight year of patronage to Wadadli Pen and for a few more years as well…all this while I’ve been too busy and bummed with real life to even begin thinking about soliciting or really putting things in place for the 2013 programme. We need all the help we can get (as stated in this pledge request) so so thankful for those who’ve pledged their support already for 2013 such as Hands Across the Sea, Jamaican writer Diana McCaulay, the Best of Books and now Lukie. Sweet! I might have danced around the living room and sang a little Tammi Faye Baker (“we’re blessed, we’re blessed, we’re blessed..”) after getting off the phone, but there’s no video footage to prove it 🙂
(This list will continue to grow as names are added, so keep checking back)
The Best of Books
Brenda Lee Browne
and, as founder and coordinator 2004 to present, Joanne C. HIllhouse (me).
More on Past partnerships and Wadadli Pen history .
*The involvement of some (possibly all) of these team members will not necessarily be specific to or limited to 2012 as Wadadli Pen plans to segue into the formalization of the programme into a proper non-profit.
THE BEST OF BOOKS
ABI INSURANCE – a major sponsor last year; and again this year.
CONRAD ‘LUKIE’ LUKE of R. K. Luke and Sons and the Leonard ‘Tim’ Hector Memorial Committee
ONDECK – which puts novices and experts alike on the water for hours of fun and adventure.
FRANK B. ARMSTRONG – Supporting for the second year in a row through its Seven Seas Brand.
ADVENTURE ANTIGUA – recent winner of Caribbean Travel and Leisure Magazine’s People’s Choice Award for Best Caribbean Excursion Company.
ANTIGUA RAINFOREST CANOPY TOUR – did this, it’s awesome!
JOLLY BEACH RESORT – Antigua’s all inclusive beach resort, family friendly vacation destination.
KEYONNA BEACH HOTEL – A resort property on the southwest coast, where dining is literally beachside.
STEPHEN B. SHOUL
NANA EKUA BREW HAMMOND – Ghanaian-American author of Powder Necklace.
FLOREE WILLIAMS, a 2012 partner and author of Through the Window and Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses
BARBARA ARRINDELL author of Antigua My Antigua
LITTLE ANTIGUA ISLAND TOUR
ELAINE SPIRES – author of What’s Eating Me? and Singles’ Holiday
D. GISELE ISAAC – author of Considering Venus and a founding member and former judge of Wadadli Pen
BRENDA LEE BROWNE
JOANNE C. HILLHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
MARIE ELENA JOHN
C + C WINEHOUSE
Thanks to all the media, bloggers etc. who dilligently run our notices and releases re the competition. Special thanks to Antiguanice.com and 365antigua.com for the free advertising space they’ve given to Wadadli Pen.
Each November since his passing in 2002, the Leonard Tim Hector Memorial Society has marked the passing of this great Antiguan and Barbudan newspaper man with a week of activities including lectures, an exhibition, and the awarding of an outstanding Antiguan/Barbudan.
Artist Sir Reginald Samuel is one of the recipients of the Leonard Tim Hector annual award
Friend, Conrad Luke, wrote of him: “A man of indefatigable energy …One could essentially sum up Tim Hector with the phrase “out of one – many” – Journalist, Educator, Sports Administrator, Political Activist and Intellectual – indeed a multi-faceted person.”
For more on Hector read Luke’s entire article. To read Tim’s musings on culture, politics, sports, education and more, read his popular Fan the Flame column, and in particular this entry re-posted recently at the Caribbean Book Blog.
For more on the man and his Caribbean, you can also check out Paul Buhle’s Tim Hector A Caribbean Radical