Before the end of August 2019 – Do you want another Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project before the end of summer? If so, email email@example.com for a registration form – nothing confirmed; assessing interest.
August 31st 2019 –
August 21st 2019 – @ the Best of Books bookstore – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
August 17th 2019 –
August 17th – 18th 2019 – Pineapple Mango Festival – quick search didn’t turn up any specific details but I believe it’s being held at the Pineapple farm at Cades Bay. Will update if more or corrective information comes to hand.
August 15th – 16th 2019 – The 14th Annual Conference and Distinguished Lecture – After the Ecological and Political Storms: Whither Barbuda’s Development? – contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 13th 2019 –
August 8th – 12th 2019 –
August 11th 2019 –
August 8th 2019 –
In progress to August 30th 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.
Here, Wadadli Pen will be celebrating award wins (including sometimes award nominations and long and shortlisting, and accolades received) by Antiguan and Barbudan writers. It came about because I’d bump in to laudatory accomplishments (beyond publishing) but couldn’t figure out where to put them. The Antiguan and Barbuda Writings pages are bibliographies, and neither the Reviews page nor the journal publications page were right. So, here we go. Please note, this page is a work-in-progress. As with the other named sections, it will be updated somewhere between when I find updates and when I find the time to post them. I’m not ranking the awards at this point (some are local, some regional, some international, some prestigious, some not so much…I’m just adding them as I can). Primary focus will be on awards related to literary arts. No omissions or errors (and there are plenty, no doubt) are intentional. As always if you have information that will help me flesh out the content, let me know. Conversely, if you wish to be removed, no problem, just let me know that too.
Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge wins are not listed here but if you want to see the winners of that in-house prize through the years, go here.
Kimolisa Mings claimed an EC$1000 cheque for submitting the winning piece to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s ‘Love and Wanderlust’ romance writing campaign with “Rule No. 3”.
Bert Kirchner, Howard Allen, Dr. Alvin Edwards (contributions to film development), and Joanne C. Hillhouse (commitment to literacy) receive awards from the Antigua and Barbuda Film Academy/Motion Picture Association of Antigua and Barbuda.
Motion (Wendy Brathwaite) is a Canadian Screen Awards nominee for writing the episode ‘Eyes Up’ of season 3 of the TV series Coroner. Brathwaite was also selected in 2022 for the CBC-BIPOC TV & Film, CFC Showrunner Catalyst.
Motion shared the screenwriting award with Charles Officer, who is also the film’s director.
Elaine Jacobs, born in Antigua, though living most of her life in the US Virgin Islands was named in December 2021 as the winner of the Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize for new or emerging writers from The Caribbean Writer. She won for the story ‘Going without Shoes’.
Tawhinda Tanya Evanson’s Book of Wings was named a Quill & Quire Book of the Year.
Kincaid was named one of 12 inaugural Royal Society of Literature honorees of the RSL International Writers Programme. The RSL International Writers programme was announced as part of RSL 200, a five-year festival launched in 2020 with a series of major new initiatives and 60 new appointments championing the great diversity of writing and writers in the UK. The programme is a new award recognising the contribution of writers across the globe to literature in English, and the power of literature to transcend borders to bring people together. RSL International Writers celebrates the many ways in which literature can shape a future world.
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s short story “Freedom Cup – The Games are Coming” was one of 30 stories long listed for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean
– Canada-based Antiguan and Barbudan writer Gayle Gonsalves was a National Indie Excellence Finalist in Canada in the multi-cultural category for her novel My Stories have No Endings. She also placed second in the Women’s Fiction category of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association and CIIPA Education and Literacy Foundation’s awards. She was named a distinguished favourite in the NYC Big Book Award.
Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction (2020) – Rilzy Adams, Go Deep. Adams has also been nominated for other books and other industry awards – Swoonies, Black Girls Who Write (Go Deep nominated for Best Black Erotica), and Rebel Women Lit readers choice among them (making it on to short lists in some cases).
Wadadli Pen 2020 winner Andre J. P. Warner’s winning story Bright Future for Tomorrow was awarded best short fiction in the first Rebel Women Lit Caribbean Readers Awards. Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse was a RWL CRA honoree . There were several other nominees from the Wadadli Pen family and from Antigua and Barbuda; full list of nominees can be found here.
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s short story “Vincent” was one of 21 stories long listed for the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean
Richard Georges who was born in Trinidad and resides in the BVI but has Antiguan roots was longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the story “Shedding”
Richard Georges who was born in Trinidad and resides in the BVI but has Antiguan roots won the 2020 Bocas Prize for his poetry collection Epiphaneia
The Directorate of Gender Affairs held its first ever Women of Wadadli Awards – a number of artists were recipients – Heather Doram (visual artist) for Culture, Noreen Phillips for Fashion, Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator and author Joanne C. Hillhouse for Literature, Colleen Simpson (author of A Likkle Bit a Dis & a Likkle Bit a Dat) for Culinary Arts, dramatist, photographer, writer, and educator Zahra Airall for Fine Arts, Wadadli Pen partner and patron and a writer and dramatist in her own right Barbara Arrindell as a Change Maker, Marion Byron for Music, Mickel Brann for Media/Journalism, and Mako Williams, who is also a visual artist, for Science and Technology. Details in this WoW article in Observer
Richard Georges wins a fellowship to the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study – Georges is Trinidad born and lives in the BVI but he also has Antiguan roots
Winners of Flow Mobile Film Competition (Antigua and Barbuda) –
The top three winners in category 12-16 years
1st Sontee’ Beazer – “Independence”
2nd Jontae Cornelius -“What Independence Day Means to Me”
3rd Kaleb Kidane Hatton – “What does Independence mean to me”.
The top three winners from the category 17- 30 years old
1st Moses Wiltshire – “My Independence”
2nd Bernella Vidal – “What Independence Means To Me”
3rd Dalisha Spencer – “Independence”
The top three winners in the 31+ category
1st Romeo “Kulcha D” Reid – “Kulcha D Independence”
2nd Laune Isaac – “Reflections On Independence
3rd Colin John-Jenkins -“What Independence means to me”
The PEN America Literary Awards Longlist – The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips longlisted for the PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING ($5,000) To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2018
Richard Georges who was born in Trinidad and resides in the BVI but has Antiguan roots won the Marvin E Williams prize from The Caribbean Writer for ‘X’ and was shortlisted for the Small Axe Poetry prize for “Darkening/Freeport”
Ashley Bryan – short-listed for the Kirkus Prize and received a Newberry Honor
Anisfield-Wolf book award + Griffin Poetry Prize for Heaven by Rowan Ricardo Philips
Joanne C. Hillhouse selected for the CaribLit editing workshop in Guyana
Joanne C. Hillhouse’s Commonwealth Short Story submission “Amelia at Devil’s Bridge” was selected for publication in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean – consisting entirely of brand-new stories by authors living in the region, gathered from among the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize from islands throughout the Caribbean
Jamaica Kincaid receives the Before Columbus Foundation Book Award for See Now Then
Melissa Gomez and Cinque Productions’ film Silent Music wins Best Documentary feature at the Maine Deaf Film Festival
Rowan Ricardo Philips is a Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award winner for poetry + NAACP Image Award finalist for Outstanding Literary Work, Poetry + PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry winner + Whiting Award winner, for The Ground
As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, The Jungle Outside, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.
Participants in the upcoming WORDFest include Carol Ottley-Mitchell of CaribbeanReads, publisher of my book Musical Youth; American with Antiguan roots, A. Naomi Jackson and Iyaba Ibo Mandingo; and Beverly Benjamin-George, president of community partner, the Friends of Antigua Public Library. – JCH
1:00 Space on the Shelf – If you see me looking at books
A discussion with writers, publishers, educators and caregivers exploring how to bring more diversity into the arena of children’s literature and who shapes the narratives. Carol Ottley-Mitchell (St. Kitts-Nevis), publisher, CaribbeanReads
Daniel José Older (Cuba), author, The Shadowshaper
Kellie Magnus (Jamaica)
2:30 First Book Journeys – I have learnt from books
Authors share their experiences about having their debut novels being printed.
Elsie Augustave (Haiti), The Roving Tree A. Naomi Jackson (US/Antigua &Barbuda), The Star Side of Bird Hill
Annette Vendryes Leach (US/Panama), Song of the Shaman
3:40 Beyond the Shadows – If you see me looking at your hands; listening when you speak
The confluence of private stories and public narratives with Caribbean LGBT writers
Cheryl Boyce Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago), Convincing the Body
Darrel Alejandro Holnes (Panama), PRIME: Poetry & Conversations
Jason Price (Belize), The Constitution of Maya Smalls
Moderator: Rosamond King, Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination Young Readers
The Wonder Years -Who did not sleep to dream
Developing life-long readers with stories which excite the imagination. (Under 12 yrs.)
Tracey Baptiste (US/Trinidad & Tobago), The Jumbies
Kellie Magnus (Jamaica),
Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica)
Ibi Zoboi (Haiti), A is for Ayiti
Science Fiction to Mysteries – Coming to your house
Identifying self and claiming space in Caribbean Literature for teens and young adult.
Jewel Daniel (St. Kitts – Nevis), Zapped
Zetta Elliott (St. Kitts – Nevis), The Deep
Daniel José Older (Cuba), The Shadowshaper
Open Mic -I will not still my voice
A stage, a microphone, a poem; a world of possibilities
2:30 Where the Poem Lives – I have too much to claim
The delight of savoring the first edition of newly released anthologies.
Keshia Gaye Anderson (Jamaica), Gathering the Waters
Carmen Bardeguez-Brown (Puerto Rico), Song for Morris Iyaba Ibo Mandingo (Antigua & Barbuda)
3:40 Man Talk – Of men dreaming and living and hungering
Hubert Guscott (Jamaica), Mystical Speed – The Revenge of the Yellow Yam
Kamalo Deens, (Trinidad & Tobago), Curry Cascadoo
Kevin Sabio (US/Honduras), Chronicles of the Black
Moderator: Sheron Hamilton Pearson, journalist
4:50 Woman Things – Who could not die since death was far too poor
Elsie Augustave (Haiti), The Roving Tree
Rosalind McLymont (Guyana), The Guyana Contract
Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica-Canada), Red Jacket
6:00 Chart Topper – Walking in the sun
Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
“…perhaps the best book of 2014. Set in Jamaica, it is a work of historical fiction based on true events: it details the days leading up to, and the fall out after, an assassination attempt on famed singer Bob Marley.” (Brook Stephenson, Gawker) Moderator: Beverly Benjamin George
7:30 Heat and Light – Know that I look for fire!
Negus Tehuti Adeyemi (US/Barbados), Soularadiance
Adissa AJA Andwele (Barbados), Antiquity
Cheryl Boyce Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago), Convincing the Body
Timothy Prolific Jones (US/Barbados/Grenada)
Hermina Marcellin (St. Lucia)
David Mills (US/Jamaica), Sudden Country
Ras Osagyefo (Jamaica), Psalms of Osagyefo
Yolaine St. Fort (Haiti),
Mercy L. Tullis-Bukhari (US/Honduras), Smoke
Program subject to change without notice.
Medgar Evers College (CUNY), Caribbean Research Center, Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library, School of Liberal Studies and Education, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts; Poets & Writers, Inc.
Heather Archibald, Lloyd Crooks, Hubert Guscott, David Mills, Alex Neptune, Elizabeth Nunez, Barbara Richards, Yolaine St.Fort, Sandra Webster; Arlene White
Akashic Book Publishers
Caribbean Book Review
Caribbean Network Television
Materials for the Arts
Mosaic Literary Magazine
The Network Journal
Office of New York State Assembly Member N. Nick Perry
Office of New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene
Antillean Aruban Cultural Affairs Association
Brooklyn Caribbean Youth Festival
Friends of the Antigua Public Library
International Consortium of Caribbean Professionals
People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective
St. Martin/Sint Maarten Friendship Association
Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations
University of the West Indies Alumni Association
SUBWAY: Franklin Avenue Station – 2, 3, 4; S
BUS: B49 – Bedford Ave/Rogers Ave and Crown St; B44 – Nostrand Ave & Carroll St; B43 – Empire Blvd & Bedford Ave
Press release – Monday, February 23, 2015 – St. John’s, Antigua: Antiguan and Barbudan film makers are invited to send entries to the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival slated for July 7 to 11 in Kingston.
Film Commissioner and Manager of Creative Industries at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Carole Beckford stated that the festival will allow existing and potential film makers, script writers, directors and producers to meet and network with key stakeholders in the film industry, locally, regionally and internationally.
“JAMPRO has contacts with Toronto, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Cuba, and we continue to maintain those contacts to get the word out. However, we are very keen to showcase films from film makers in Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean. We are also inviting persons involved in marketing and distribution for films and television productions….we are targeting our Caribbean partners and some universities. We want to invite persons who host major film festivals across the world, so we are providing the market space for people to network,” Miss Beckford said.
Films can either be a feature (50 minutes or more) or a short (less than 50 minutes). Films must not have been publicly shown before July 2013.
“The festival begins on July 7, with an international show; Wednesday and Thursday mornings there will be workshops, then screenings in the afternoon. Friday is music day, where we will look at all the videos that were submitted with a barrage of music being played throughout Kingston. We have engaged our play producers to have special showings also, and Saturday night is the Grand Gala and awards,” the Film Commissioner outlined.
She pointed out that although the festival will be based at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, there will be a multiplicity of locations that will be utilised, including Kingston’s three main sports bars – Cuddyz, Tracks & Records and Triple Century – where screenings will take place.
The Havana Book Fair is coming up in February. I’d actually like to attend (scratch that, really like to attend). In part because I have a book coming out in 2012 and a little advance publicity never hurt but mostly because I’m a lover of books and I’ve found events of this nature to be a joy, even with the inevitable hiccups; events like Breadloaf in Vermont to which I applied for and won an international fellowship in 2008 (and don’t ask me how much I’d like love to do the 2012 Breadloaf in Sicily…and not just for the opportunity to return to lovely Italy), Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival (which I’ve been active in since it started in 2006) and the Calabash International Literary Festival (2007). Mostly because they allow for (in fact, encourage) total literary immersion. You lose yourself in books and engagements with writers, you open yourself to learning,you slow down and feel the world again, and you have so much fun (that’s right, writers know how to party too). The fact that I’ve never been to Cuba and would absolutely love to go would be a possible bonus of the experience. The challenge is always money and sometimes information and access. In fact, funding (to cover airfare, accomodation and other expenses) and for the writer hoping to get mileage out of the experience (visibility) are often stumbling blocks even with festivals closer to home (Dominica, Montserrat, Trinidad). With Calabash, in Jamaica, we (in Antigua) put a group of writers together and applied for donor funding from the Commonwealth in order to attend. It was a remarkable experience (huge understatement).
With the 2012 conference of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, to be held in Suriname, much as I did with the BIM Conference on Caribbean Women Writers in 2008, I submitted my credentials (such as they are…something along the lines of pick me! pick me!) and was happy to be invited as a featured writer from the English Speaking Caribbean (more on that no doubt as it draws closer…including the inevitable panic). I’m looking forward to a return to Suriname, the country is always part of the experience, but I’m also looking forward to being in the company of people who write and people who love to read and write.
And so I’d like to figure out a way to make Cuba happen, not just for me but for other writers. But, of course, February’s just around the corner… I had the idea once I heard about the conference to reach out for information and maybe assistance in making this happen; I’ve tried but so far that has been a disappointing (at times, frustrating) dead end. It’s time like these I do think an Arts Council which could, among other things, access and provide funding (a la an endowment for the arts) would, as I’ve been discussing with fellow artists and writers lately, be a Godsend…too many missed opportunities, too much little tangible support for the arts on our piece of the rock.
So, all I can say at this moment, if not this year, then next or the next or next… (independently, if necessary). I always like to have something to shoot for, and a tour of all of these literary festivals (and more around the world) is definitely on my to do list. It should be on yours too if you’re a book lover and/or writer (and if you have the resources). The opportunity to step out of the world of distractions into the world of the Word is ah-may-zing. And there are the stolen moments too…getting up early to walk the beach in St. Elizabeth, sitting on a rock by the river in Vermont…at each one, you make your own. And, I’ve found, you wake up every day, writing.
The organizers of the Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival are planning for an exciting 2010 Festival.
Among the leading authors to attend this year is actress and author Pam Grier, who will be talking about her new book “Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.”
Grier is, of course, famous for her kick-ass 1970s roles like Foxy Brown and, more recently, for her role in The L Word and films like Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.
Also scheduled to attend are Trinidadian novelist Elizabeth Nunez, Guyanese poet Grace Nichols, Guyanese children’s author John Agard, Jamaican poet and novelist Lorna Goodison, Belizian author Zee Edgell, publisher and author Verna Wilkins, and Antiguan authors Marie Elena John and Joanne Hillhouse.