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YouTube Starts Hiding Dislike Counts to Curb Creator Harassment — Variety

YouTube is giving a thumbs-down to its longstanding “dislike” feature. In an effort to thwart “dislike attacks” on creators, YouTube said that starting Wednesday (Nov. 10) it will start hiding public dislike counts. The change will roll out gradually across the entire platform. However, the dislike button will remain: YouTube viewers can still dislike videos,…

YouTube Starts Hiding Dislike Counts to Curb Creator Harassment — Variety

I don’t think I’ve ever hit the dislike button on any YouTube video. If I like it, I tend to watch more (and ultimately subscribe), comment, like – probably in that order, but I don’t ever hit dislike. Because, why?

Anyway, consider this your reminder to subscribe to the Wadadli Pen YouTube channel. And if you’re a young Antiguan and Barbudan interested in the literary arts who thinks you might like interning (helping with the channel and other Wadadli Pen related activities), reach out, we may soon be in a space to start building that pool of interns and volunteers. If you have reached out before, do so again -we’re a small team and sometimes need a bump. Email wadadlipen@gmail.com

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, Musical Youth, Oh Gad!, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and The Jungle Outside). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page onauthor blog  and/or facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen, my books, and my freelance writing-editing-coaching-workshop services. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Patrons

Wanted to take a minute to bump this up, because we couldn’t do anything we do without the support of our patrons. So we want to say thank you and encourage you to support the individuals and businesses that support the arts. This 2017 cycle that list includes (but is not limited to):
Art. Culture. Antigua
The Best of Booksthank-you

the Cushion Club of Antigua and Barbuda
the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB)
Frank B. Armstrong/Seven Seas
Jane Seagull (artist)
Joanne C. Hillhouse (author)
Juneth Webson
Raw Island Products
Sweet Dreams

More about all named patrons and their relationship to Wadadli Pen after the jump.

And, yes, there’s still time to get on board if you are an individual or business wishing to support the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Season. Just email us at wadadlipen@gmail.com

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“Did You Know?  With its anthro- root, philanthropy means literally “love of mankind”. Thus, philanthropy is giving money for a purpose or cause benefiting people who you don’t personally know. Individuals have often set up their own permanent philanthropic organizations in the form of foundations. The greatest American philanthropists have included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but tens of millions of us could be considered philanthropists on a much smaller scale.” – Merriam-Webster
This page is our acknowledgment and thanks of our philanthropists right here in Antigua and Barbuda, and its diaspora, who continue to show their love during the season of giving which always precedes the Wadadli Pen Challenge season (which launches in January) by pledging to support our efforts. At Wadadli Pen, when it comes to our annual Challenge, we’ve always operated by the principle that likkle likkle…

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February 9, 2017 · 6:53 pm

What a Joy!

The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize extends big, BIG congratulations to new national awardee, one of our own Joy Lawrence. One of our own as in a past volunteer with Wadadli Pen – she participated in the 2006 Wadadli Pen fundraiser Word Up!


Joy Lawrence reading from her book, the Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways at Word Up! – a joint Wadadli Pen fundraiser with the Museum in 2006. (Photo by Gemma Hazelwood/do not re-use wihout permission)

and she was our schools’ ambassador taking our message to the schools for the 2014 Wadadli Pen Challenge season (visiting schools between 2013 and 2014 to encourage students to participate and assisting with getting flyers printed to help spread the word beyond that), also donating copies of her books.

Trinitysecondary School Class

Students at Trinity Academy pictured with Joy Lawrence. Do not re-use without permission.

She is also one of our own as in a vital part of the Antiguan and Barbudan literary community since the 1996 publication of her first book, the poetry collection Island Spice. In addition to her own publications she’s been involved in literary arts development, some we’ve captured here on Wadadli Pen in the past, such as initiatives like the Antigua State College UNESCO-sponsored poetry writing competition (which ran from 2002 to 2006), her visit to the Cushion Club reading club for kids (we tried to get local and visiting authors in as much as possible) – one of many such engagements for her as an in demand presenter.


Joy during a visit to the Cushion Club. Do not re-use without permission.

Her enduring contribution though is the leg work she’s done researching and documenting our folk history. You’ll see in our non-fiction listing that her publications include perenniel favourite and, she says, her best selling book (which recently had its third printing) The Way We Talk and Other Antiguan Folkways, Colours and Rhythms of Selected Caribbean Creoles, The History of Bethesda and Christian Hill: Our History and Culture (chronicling her home village of Bethesda), The Footprints of Parham: the History of a Small Antiguan Town and Its Influence, and Barbuda and Betty’s Hope: the Codrington Connection. At a recent Independence panel (2016), she also revealed that she’s at work on Villa – leave her to it she might tackle the entire country given enough time and resources. This is the kind of work, if I might venture an opinion, that you’d expect a Culture Department research division (do we have one of those?) to be doing, or if not doing, then funding. I can’t speak to what kind of funding support Lawrence receives, but the documentation of our folk history seems to be in the national interest to me.


Why does she do it? As she told us in a previous exclusive Wadadli Pen interview:  “I’m retired now and this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. It gives me a much satisfaction digging into the past. When I drive around the island I don’t see beautiful houses, I see relics of the times our enslaved ancestors struggling to survive under inhumane conditions, and I try to imagine how they felt.  My reward is in recording our history for everyone to read and appreciate.”

Before her retirement turn to folk research and writing, Lawrence was a career educator, a senior lecturer at the Antigua State College, with certification from the College of Arts, Science, Arts & Technology in Jamaica (BA, Education), the University of Leicester (MA Communications Media and Public Relations), and Moray House/University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Diploma, Special Education). Since venturing in to writing, she’s mostly focussed on the research side but as she said in that interview “I’m and will always be a poet.  Poetry is rhythmic and dramatic; as a folklorist I’m also dramatic and rhythmic. I tell the history of our African ancestors. Once you have African ancestry you’re rhythmic. We walk with rhythm, we like to sing, dance, use our limbs to make gestures. We are poetry in motion. In short, there’s no separation between my poetry and the folktales and history I reproduce.” She does continue to produce poetry; and most recently her poem, The Whirlwind, was published in A River of Stories (Volume 3 – Air), a 2016 publication of the Lift Education/Commonwealth Education Trust.

Lawrence received a 2004 UNESCO Honour Award for her contribution to the literary arts and can now add to that her OH – Officer of the Most Precious Order of Princely Heritage, one of 11 National Awards conferred during the November 1st 2016 Independence Ceremonial Parade.

As you know, if you’ve been following us over the years, we’re happy whenever national recognition goes to anyone in the arts, and especially so the literary arts. Big up, Joy, and we know that your work is not done.

FYI: the other 2016 National Awardees are Curtis Charles, Rueben Duberry, George Henry, former commissioner of police Wright Fitz-Henley George, Selwyn James, Graeme Johnson, Florita Kentish, Cosmos Marcelle, Dr. Percival Perry, and Constacia Thomas.

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, Fish Outta Water, and forthcoming With Grace). 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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Who’s Hands?

Hands Across the Sea is the husband and wife team of Tom and Harriet, a Boston couple spreading literacy one book at a time. They’ve recently pledged to support Wadadli Pen 2013. And that’s not all they’ve been doing in Antigua and Barbuda, and the eastern Caribbean, as you’ll see below:


Media release


December 13, 2013


$1,000 Literacy Award for Villa Primary School

Children love their exciting new borrowing library

Students at Villa Primary School have shown how keen they are to improve their literacy skills and better their education by winning the 2012/2013 Hands Literacy Award for Antigua.

The children and school staff have enthusiastically embraced Hands Across the Sea’s CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) programme which has donated 1,300 new books over the past two years to their library. The 2012/2013 Hands Literacy Award (www.handsacrossthesea.net/HandsLiteracyAward.htm) comes with an additional U.S. $1,000 in new books or other literacy assistance.


Hands Across the Sea’s Co-founder and Executive Director Harriet Linskey said, “There is no doubt that improved literacy skills open the door to a better life, and the students and staff at Villa Primary have certainly embraced our programme with enthusiasm. The school now has a vibrant borrowing library and a passionate commitment to literacy.”

Back in December of 2010 when U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Ina Howe decided to create a borrowing library at Villa Primary, the school had been without a functioning library for 15 years. Howe, along with former school principals Mrs. King and Mrs. James, began raising money for books and getting teachers, parents, local businesses, and craftsmen involved in the project. Along the way, Villa staff members Mrs. Leah Robinson (Deputy Principal), Mrs. Barbara Christopher (Reading Teacher), and Ms. Delina Graham (Grade K Teacher) were instrumental in bringing the library to life. Villa Primary School’s library was officially opened in November of 2011. One year later, the library’s success has been measured not only by its bright, welcoming appearance and organized bookshelves and reading tables, but by the high number of books read or taken home every week by Villa’s 295 students.

Since starting the organization in 2007, Hands Across the Sea’s co-founders, Harriet and Tom Linskey, have been dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Eastern Caribbean children, from pre-school to high school, through their Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) program. The CLASS program, in concert with each school year’s Hands Wish Lists (school principals, teachers, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers tell Hands which books they need), works  in three ways: 1. Send Great New Books; 2. Create Borrowing Libraries (usually a school library); and 3. Foster Sustainability of the library through support at the school and from the local community. Hands Across the Sea has shipped over 141,000 new and near-new books and 220 boxes of teaching resources to 291 schools, community libraries, reading programs, and youth centers, reaching over 55,000 children. Hands Across the Sea works on the islands of Anguilla, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.

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