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Carib Lit Plus (Mid February 2020) 2.0

This Bocas schedule


Concerning Wadadli Pen, we are in data entry and processing mode as the submission deadline has passed – as anticipated most coming in at the 11th hour – which means the process of getting them out to the judges might take a bit longer. We will keep you posted.

Meantime, shout out to our 2020 prize patrons (in alphabetical order) not including the ones who requested anonymity: Adventure Antigua, Best of Books Bookstore, Brenda Lee Browne, Caribbean Reads Publishing, Cindy’s Bookstore & School Supplies, D. Gisele Isaac, Floree Williams Whyte, Frank B. Armstrong, Hermitage Bay Antigua, Jane Seagull, Joanne C. Hillhouse, Juneth Webson, Lawrence Jardine, Paradise Vision Centre


Edwidge Dandicat made the previous round up for being short listed for a major prize to be announced later this month and here she is with a win already this month as the recipient of the Vilcek prize for literature. “For dazzling prose and profound understanding of our shared human condition embodied through her genre-spanning work that explores the Haitian diaspora and other personal narratives.”


New book announcement from St. Lucian artist (and the creator of the Caribbean Lit bibliography on this blog John Robert Lee. The collection, Pierrot, is published by UK based Peepal Tree. The publisher writes: “In his ninth collection of poems, John Robert Lee contemplates his 70th year in St Lucia and the sad chimes of mortality as friends and literary and cultural heroes leave this life. It’s a time for a weighing up of where domestic, political, literary and spiritual journeys have reached. It is a time of both honest admissions but also renewed faith in all these journeys.”

Also, Curdella Forbes; A Tall History of Sugar which celebrated write Nicole Dennis-Benn has described as “an eclectic, feverish vision of Jamaican ‘history’ from the 1950s to the present”. It tells the story of Moshe Fisher, a man who was “born without skin,” so that no one is able to tell what race he belongs to; and Arrienne Christie, his quixotic soul mate who makes it her duty in life to protect Moshe from the social and emotional consequences of his strange appearance. Further, from publisher Askashic, it is written in lyrical, luminous prose that spans the range of Jamaican Englishes. Curdella whom I had the pleasure of sharing a panel with in Barbados in 2008 is Jamaica-born and now teaches at Howard University.

*(via Daily Observer, Antigua, January 2020)

I have a fondness for projects of this type (engaging children around the environmental issues of our day) because this was a large part of my focus during my time as environment officer – education with the National Solid Waste Management authority. My initiatives included an art competition to select a mascot which we then would use in all our communication material, a story which would then become a story book for dissemination to the schools (this only got to the drafts stage), school visits, and participation with the EAG and Royal Caribbean in a Mash the Trash initiative which set environmental goals for each school including messaging (I remember we brought out one of the schools to a workshop to perform the rap they had come up with as a part of that initiative). I remember that among those above me this approach wasn’t always understood and I even had one manager say to me what’s the point of focusing on children, they are not the problem – which of course meant that he hadn’t read my proposal nor reports re short, medium, and long term goals targeted at different audiences towards changing attitudes and ultimately behavior  OVER TIME. So, initiatives like this that get young people thinking actively about the environment, you love to see it. And it’s one of the reasons one of the Wadadli Pen 2020 Challenge themes is Imagine a Future, encouraging participants to create a climate change future vision story. Congrats to Old Road Primary for being among the winners and kudos to the Sandals Foundation.

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Wadadli Pen founder and coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure which has a Spanish language edition). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out http://jhohadli.wordpress.com Please note that, except otherwise noted, images on this site also need to be cleared if you wish to use them for any purpose. Thanks.

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Wadadli Pen Challenge 2017 – The Picture Post

Yep, it’s that time again; time for our epic picture post – a time when I actually get to see what happened; because as anyone organizing anything knows, it’s actually kind of a blur (understatement).  The Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge awards were held on May 13th at the tail end of the Wadadli Stories Book Fair (kudos to the organizer of that, btw). This year, we have pictures by Linisa George of Art. Culture. Antigua – which is already one of Wadadli Pen’s patrons so she’s already been more than generous with us; and Jon Whyte, who was there to support his wife, Floree, chief judge of the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge. Some pictures have also been taken from either the Best of Books Bookstore or the Wadadli Stories page on facebook and from a posting by Marissa Walters of the St. Andrews students. Here they are, in no particular order.

12 and Younger
Images of winners in the 12 and Younger age category – who were, in descending order, Zion Ebony Williams, Emma Belizaire, Shadiael Simmons, Ashley Francis.

13 to 17
Images of winners in the 13 to 17 age category – who were, in descending order, Devon Wuilliez, Ava Ralph (not pictured), Francis Yankey, and Andrecia Lewis.

18 to 35
Images of winners in the 18 to 35 age category – who were, in descending order, Kaeiron Saunders, Lucia Murray, and Fayola Jardine.

School with the Most Submissions
That’s Island Academy with 22 of 90+ submissions.

Tout Monde Sam and Bagai

Some highlights from Wadadli StoriesAt Wadadli Stories 6

Observer (front page standalone) + Caribbean Times (centre spread)

Some post awards pics
Things that happened after the awards for reasons beyond our control included the presentation of prizes to 13 to 17 2nd place Ava Ralph and to our intern Michaela Harris. Thanks to the staff of the Best of Books for these ones.

Ava and MichaelaMichaela and Glenn

Wadadli Pen 2017 Links

Wadadli Pen 2017 Patrons
A Teacher Claims the 2017 Wadadli Pen Prize
Wadadli Pen – Who won what in 2017?
Wadadli Pen Winners Through the Years – Story Links
About Wadadli Pen



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Mailbox – Narrating the Caribbean

This upcoming (February 2017) conference, while occasioned by the 30th anniversary of Peepal Tree Press, and hosted by them, promises to explore themes of broader interest to Caribbean writers, readers, critics, and academics. Would be stimulating to be there; hopefully, we’ll have a report from inside the event. Here’s an example of some of what will be covered as quoted from the mailbox:

There’s nothing new about Caribbean writing that looks both in the direction of the physically experienced, remembered or imagined world and other books. Even before Jean Rhys with Sargasso and Jane Eyre, VS Reid was giving a nod to the Aeneid in New Day (and see Emily Greenwood’s Afro-Greeks: Dialogues between Anglo-Caribbean Literature and the Classics), but making connections with the world of the book is only one of the ways in which Caribbean & Black British authors have been writing in relationship to other artistic and cultural forms including the visual arts, popular musics and folk-cultural narratives. Again, a feature of more recent writing (with some earlier pioneers) has been a branching out from the dominant forms of literary realism to exploring the potential of more “popular” genres: police procedurals, crime, noir, science fiction and speculative fiction. This session is an invitation to writers to say something about the connections between their reading and their writing, and for readers and critics to talk about the issues this raises.

•How much does it matter what texts, genres, and cultural forms writers connect to?
•Do some of these speak more closely to Caribbean experiences (whatever they may be!) than others?
•What cultural/historical issues does this raise?
•Does it matter if readers don’t know or don’t spot the “intertexts”?
•And why has it become ever more common?
Read more.

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