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Carib Lit Plus (Early to Mid January 2023)


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).


ABS TV/Radio General Manager Erna Mae Brathwaite is one of four outstanding Antiguans and Barbudans to be awarded in the King’s New Year’s Honours for 2023. Mrs. Brathwaite is being appointed as an Ordinary Member of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire, MBE for services to Youth and Community Development.

(Source – CBU Secretariat email)


The (Antigua and Barbuda) National Youth Awards have been presented. I am not sure if this is the first post-pandemic and I haven’t seen a lot of press around it – e.g. during the nomination process as I would normally take the time to submit some nominations across the board but especially in literary arts (which is absent from this year’s line-up of winners). Once I realized it had taken place, I dm’d them for the full list as what was available online seemed scattered and incomplete and I was told the full list would be available in the following day’s paper. I have pulled and copied the arts winners below:

Young Media Practitioner – Carlena Knight (who works with Newsco. publishers and producers, respectively, of the Daily Observer newspaper and Observer Radio reporting on sports and news)

Archeology and Heritage Development – Desley Gardner (whom I interviewed for CREATIVE SPACE #18 OF 2021 – CLARENCE HOUSE AND THE COMPLICATED LANDSCAPE OF OUR COLONIAL PAST) and who was a model in CREATIVE SPACE #12 OF 2022 – CUT AND CONTRIVE)

Culture and Performing Arts – Ge’eve Philip (whom I remember as one of the soca breakouts of the 2022 Carnival season)

Fellow soca artiste and producer Bernard ‘Bernie’ DeNully is also a recipient in this category as is soca and calypso artist Trevaughn ‘Lyricksman’ Weston.

He was a first time winner of the jumpy section of the Party Monarch competition and of the road march crown in 2022. (Source – Daily Observer by Newsco)

Art and Culture

Hell’s Gate steel orchestra in Antigua has resumed its pan academy at the pan yard in Villa. Call 727-8712, 726-8948, or 720-8948 to register. (Source – Daily Observer by Newsco)


‘In fact, Aimable, who said “too many times our culture is pushed to the back”, is aiming for our culture to be as ubiquitous as Chinese restaurants – “we want it to be accessible to everybody.”’ Read new CREATIVE SPACE art and culture column, first of 2023, is an interview with founder of Tropical Fete in New York Alton Aimable.


We dedicate this first bulletin of 2023 to the memory of Zuri Holder who died January 4th 2020 after a tragic car accident. Zuri was family and we continue to memorialize him here at Wadadli Pen with a plaque named after him for our junior challenge winners. Keeping him in our hearts.


Former chief librarian of Antigua and Barbuda Phyllis Mayers has passed. At this writing, unsure of the particulars but the Public Library announced a closure for January 4th 2023 to allow staff to pay their respects.

Mrs. Mayers started as a young librarian at the old High Street building, decimated by the 1974 earthquake, and when I came to know her in the 1980s when I worked a summer job as a teen, was operating upstairs a Market Street retail cloth store. She retired years before the library would finally get a new home in the 2010s. But she kept library services alive during the many lean decades. I remember her warmly.

RIP, Mrs. Mayers. (Source – the National Public Library of Antigua and Barbuda’s facebook page)

ETA: Read this lovely and deserving tribute to Mrs. Mayers in Antigua and Barbuda’s Daily Observer newspaper.


Four-time Dominica calypso king Melvin Constant became his country’s first drowning victim of 2023, while on vacation home from the US where he resides. Constant who went by the stage name Solo won the crown in 1973, 1975, 1976, and 1977, and remained active in competition overseas. (Source – Daily Observer by Newsco/Antigua and Barbuda)


The National Cultural Foundation of Barbados has booked St. Maarten/Martin publisher Lasana M. Sekou for a January 14th 2023 professional development session.

(Source – The National Cultural Foundation Barbados on Linkedin)


Carib Lit Plus has already informed readers of the #WereadJamaica hashtag; here’s another one, #12Caribbeanbooksin2023 from bookstagrammer Rensbookishspace. As with the other hashtag, it’ll be a monthly read-a-long. The first two books are

Myriam J A Chancy is a Haitian-Canadian writer and What Storm What Thunder which was longlisted for the Bocas prize charts the lives of several characters affected by a devastating quake in Port-au-Prince, mirroring the one experienced by Haiti in 2010. Jonathan Escoffery is American-born to Jamaican parents whose journey possibly served as inspiration for If I survive You, a linked multi-generational multi-story collection set off by immigrants fleeing political violence in 1970s Jamaica. It too has numerous accolades including being long listed for the National Book Award in the US. (Source – DanziBooks on Twitter)

Books and Other Reading Material

British and Jamaican writer Leone Ross is editor of a new anthology, first of its kind, Glimpse: An Anthology of Black British Speculative Fiction. The Peepal Tree publication has been rolling out with events since December 2022. (Source – Leone Ross on Instagram)


In Dominica, the Stories by Children Committee which forms part of the Fernance and Cyrilla Family Club has dedicated its second children’s book – Stories by Children Vol. 2 – When I Grow up – to Kernisha Etienne. Kernisha was reported missing in 2022 and she remains missing at the start of 2023, months later. The book was launched in December at the UWI Open Campus in the nature isle. It is the follow up to Vol. 1 which has been in the marketplace for about one year. Both collections and Vol. 3, to come, includes the best of the works submitted by junior writers, the top winners of whom receive prizes in addition to a copy (to all contributors) of their first authored book. (Source – Daily Observer by Newsco Ltd/Antigua and Barbuda)


One of the blogs we follow, African Book Addict has posted its annual collage of new books to anticipate in 2023, and we spy some Caribbean titles: Afro-Dominican author Elizabeth Acevedo’s Family Lore, Guadeloupean author Maryse Conde’s The Gospel According to The New World, Jamaican poet Safiya Sinclair’s How to say Babylon (a memoir), St. Vincent and Grenadian author Alexis Keir’s Windward Family, and Trinidad and Tobago author Kevin Jared Hosein’s Hungry Ghosts. (Source – This Browne Girl Reads on Facebook)


The latest edition of Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters, Issue 22: New Vocabularies, is a special Bermuda bicentennial issue. Editor Andre Bagoo said in the introduction, ” The theme of the biennial, which runs at the Bermuda National Gallery until January 7, is ‘A New Vocabulary: Past. Present. Future.’ It’s a theme that not only matches the sense of change and transition precipitated by the ongoing global pandemic, but it also mirrors some of the messy questions of genre that any publication – and I dare say Caribbean publication – has to grapple with.” There are submissions as well from other parts of the Caribbean, primarily Trinidad and Tobago. (Source – N/A)

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Youth Award Winners (2018) include Wadadli Pen’s Kyle – Congrats!

(Kyle collecting his 2018 Wadadli Pen Challenge prize because I don’t have images from the 2019 National Youth Awards)

That’s right, not for the first time (2013 and 2014 Challenge winner Asha Graham also won one) a Wadadli Pen finalist, Kyle Christian who copped the Challenge Prize in 2018, has been named winner of the Department of Youth Affairs’ National Youth Awards literary prize. The ceremony was held this past week. Kyle is off island (to the best of our knowledge) pursuing further studies but hopefully a family member was able to attend in his stead. He has our congratulations as do other winners. Beginning with the arty-ish ones, they include:

Raena Bird – founder of online media platform Chattabox – winner of the media award

Performing arts winners – dramatist and drama teacher Malique Marsh and National Youth Choir Member Shenique Jarvis-Daniel

Visual artist – already an acclaimed cinematographer for films like Skate Kitchen who made his directorial debut recently with the short Dadli (both covered here on the blog) – Shabier Kirchner (based in the US)

Young Artisan Christopher Terry who is a Barbados based award winning chef

Activist Shenita Rose who used her creative skills to fight bullying (also covered here on the blog)

Shouting out former Cushion Club member, now a Cushion Club leader, Guide leader, Halo Foundation Generation Y volunteer and more Latisha Browne who took home the individual Community Service Award. 56656227_402565487193104_3550696205732282368_nThe Community Group Award went to JCI Antigua.

And continuing with:

The Phoenix Award to St. Clare Cleofoster Henry (executive member of the disability association)

Young Farmer Lakome Francis

Young Agro-processor Saran Patricia King (president of the Antigua and Barbuda Network of Rural Women Producers and Processors)

Barbuda’s Best Andrae Lee (for his impressive entrepreneurial achievements in real estate and more)

Akeem Daley (for Tourism related to his diving and rescue certification)

Daveile Payne Abbott (who also works in media, for entrepreneurship related to her Glam Muse beauty project)

Young Professional Tiffany Azille (an educator and text author)

Education award recipients – Keondre Herbert, Stephanie Archibald, Jada Yearwood, and Janelle Williams

Sports award recipients kite boarder Tiger Tyson and fencer Tamesha Thomas

Respect was given to those who support the youth with corporate awards to:

Photogenesis Imaging Solutions (also, by the way, a past Wadadli Pen patron) &

Supreme Tech and Supplies

And then there are some other awards with less clear meaning:

A special award to Casa Palmadita owner Lornette Sheppard. (p.s. the event was also held at Casa Palmadita in Fitches Creek)

A President’s award to Simran Multani

Congrats to all the winners. Each year I try to make nominations for literary arts, of course, as we’re usually invited to do but (also per usual) across different categories, and I’m happy to see a number of the names I submitted make the cut.

I’m not able to do the links as much a I’d like right now and I don’t have a press release or bios to share here but I did want to share the winners’ names at least and for anyone who’s connected to or have been covered by Wadadli Pen please feel free to use the search field for more information on the individual and/or their accomplishment.

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, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). 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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From the Archives: Youth Awards

I actually don’t remember what year this was (clues in the story suggest 2010). But it was published in the Daily Observer …and the sentiment stands. Copyright belongs to me; sharing welcomed but no stealing.

Support the Youth Awards…Here’s Why

By Joanne C. Hillhouse

“I felt very honoured to win the award…it acted as a bit of an encouragement to continue writing,” said former Youth Awards winner, Floree Williams. Williams is on the eve of the November 4th launch of her second book, Through the Window. Williams, who has not yet hit her mid-20s, is just one of the youths who’ve been recognized these past several years by the Youth Department’s awards programme, delayed this year due to financial and other challenges.

I’d like to go on record as saying this programme should not only go on, but be broadcast live on ABS TV, simulcast on other stations, with mini-featurettes of the awardees running throughout the year. Because every time I’ve attended this award programme it’s left me hopeful for the future. These young people are doers and dreamers; let me introduce, or in some instances, re-introduce you to some of them.

First, there’s Williams, as noted. Her first book was the memoir Pink Tea Cups and Blue Dresses. In-between, she, and another young Antiguan, the late Nerissa Percival, contributed a chapter on self-acceptance to Souls of My Young Sisters, sequel to the Essence bestseller Souls of My Sisters. “I push myself to take the things I imagine and make them a reality on paper, instead of just dreaming,” Williams told the Daily Observer. The payoff is more than monetary: “When someone I don’t know comes up to me and says they enjoy my book, it just gives me more reassurance that this is what I am supposed to be doing.” Quite an unusual turn for someone who majored in Information Technology in university in Canada. Also a departure for Williams has been her performances in Women of Antigua’s Vagina Monologues and When a Woman Moans.

These productions were co-directed by another of the former Youth Award winners, Zahra Airall. Airall is a busy, busy bee. With partner and another laudable young Antiguan, Linisa George, she started August Rush Productions which since 2009 has been producing a series of Expressions poetry Open Mics and recently launched the Young Antiguan Poets Society; she co-directs and co-stars in the named WOA productions with George, in addition to having her own youth theatre group, Zee’s Youth Theatre, which has produced critically acclaimed plays like School Bag and performances for Black History Month earlier this year at Word Up! Airall, a young mother, teacher, and media worker, also speaks from behind the lens; images from her byZia Photography – including the amazing series ‘She Rox Locks’, featuring locked and amazing sisters – showing up regularly on Facebook.

Speaking of amazing sisters, mention must be made of Janil Greenaway, another former Youth Award winner. Recognized while still working as minister counsellor with the Antigua and Barbuda diplomatic corps at the United Nations, she’s risen to the top in one of Antigua’s key markets as the country’s new consul general to Canada. Now 34, she’s the youngest appointee ever to this position. The former Fulbright Scholar, the first in 10 years from Antigua at the time, began her professional career at the Antigua Sun where she moved swiftly from editorial assistant to associate editor, and demonstrated that she was no shrinking violet when she was a runner-up, in 1998, in the Queen of Carnival competition and co-starred in the country’s first feature film, The Sweetest Mango. Greenaway is someone who clearly never shies from a challenge and she’s taken on this one during an economically difficult time.  “You know how you jump into a role wanting to do so many things but don’t have the resources to and that can be a bit frustrating?” she asked the Daily Observer. “But the thrill of the challenge (motivates) me and the positive feedback and encouragement from friends and relatives helps me to just take it one step at a time and appreciate the small successes.”

Challenges, meanwhile, are just ‘a day at the office’ for Antiguan and Barbudan star sprinter and former youth awardee, Daniel ‘Bakka’ Bailey. He’s represented the country at each of the summer Olympics since 2004.  Achievements include bronze in the 60 m at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, becoming Antigua’s first medalist in the event, silver in 100 m at the Continental Cup, and bronze in the 200 m at the Pan American Junior Championships.

Marlon Rawlins, who at just 30 moved into the proverbial corner office at the Bank of Nova Scotia, is familiar with firsts. The former youth award winner, was, before becoming the first native born country manager in the bank’s 49 year history on the island, first to hold a similar position at RBTT. The former recipient of the British Chevening scholarship, is (or has been) deeply involved in the running of professional and social organizations like the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Bankers, Bankers Association, Chamber of Commerce, Carnival Development Committee, and Myst mas troupe. What motivates him? Shortly after his appointment, Rawlins told the Daily Observer, “I try to fight the urge of being ordinary.”

Artist Mark Brown’s work, meanwhile, is far from ordinary, and the Youth Awards selection committee no doubt recognized this when they singled him out. His website describes him as “a figurative painter who is not afraid to go beyond the boundaries” and his thought provoking Angel in Crisis show is evidence of this, imagining as it does the path of a celestial being angsting over and ultimately surrendering his immortality. One of the pieces from this series of paintings netted the former Princess Margaret School student his latest award, the critics’ choice Carmichael Award, in Barbados, where he, also, earned his fine arts degree with first class honours from the Barbados Community College. “He is being hailed as the most outstanding painting student ever to graduate from the gallery,” Zemicon owner, Therese Hadchity, was quoted as saying. Besides, how many Antiguan artists can say one of their paintings is in the private collection of Supreme diva, Diana Ross? Kudos to Brown, too, for his social work: notably harnessing his students’ talents to produce paintings to enliven the stark walls of the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.

When Mickey Josiah received his Youth Award it was for his social work; he’s also a recipient of the First Caribbean International Bank Unsung Hero Award for his work in the New Winthorpes community. “It has transformed my life,” he was quoted as saying of his work with the New Winthorpes Upcoming Stars Sports & Community Club.

Really, little as it’s told, this article could go on and on, with its roll call of past Youth Award recipients who continue to make an impact. From former CXC most outstanding student and debater extraordinaire Carlon Knight, whose ‘Dear Dad’ video marking the Conventions on the Rights of the Child 20th anniversary is worth a repeat viewing and a keen listen; to Tanzania ‘Tizzy’ Sebastian who as front woman for El A Kru has flown the Antiguan and Barbudan flag before thousands of soca fans across the Caribbean, in Europe and America; to regional cycling champion and future Olympic prospect Jyme Bridges; to (in America) National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national champion (in both 100 and 200 m) Anika Jno Baptiste; and so many others, in just about every discipline you can think of.

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Congrats, Zahra – 2016 NYA Winner for Literary Arts

This year’s Literary Arts winner at the National Youth Awards is Zahra Airall. Airall is already a multiple NYA winner as she’s been involved in so many things over the years – from the Women of Antigua (When a Woman Moans, Vagina Monologues) and August Rush (Expressions), to Zee’s Youth Theatre and Sugar Apple Theatre (see our screenwriting and playwriting page for more). She’s produced and scripted (not only stage but) film/TV content and steps on stage (in numerous productions) and in front of the camera (on Keeping it Real). This past year her drama group out of Antigua Girls High School, where she teaches, won the Antigua and Barbuda Secondary Schools Drama festival, and also won some awards and critical acclaim when they took the play from the first year’s win to regional competition in Trinidad. Read her guest blog, exclusive to Wadadli Pen, here. What else? Oh, she’s a commercial and artistic photographer as well. And a mommy. She blogs here.

I’m sure I’m missing something but I think I’ve hit the highlights.

Bottom line, Zahra has been about it for a number of years and her work has often intersected with her gender and youth advocacy. Congrats, Zahra and keep making that art with purpose.


ETA: I just want to add that I have believed in and supported the idea of a National Youth Awards over the years. Every year, even if time is not on my side, I nominate someone – I usually try to nominate a few people across different categories. When I was writing for a local daily, it was easier to keep up with who was doing what and making what kind of impact. But even now that I’m currently out of the game, I try to pay attention and recognize. I also try to share so that other people will be encouraged to look around them and encourage the young people (defined as anyone 35 and younger) in their community doing amazing things. It’s about positive reinforcement. It’s about creating the kind of society we want to see, rewarding the qualities we want to encourage. I don’t know how the judges decide – what rubric they use – but it’s good to be a part of that process of drawing their attention to worthy young people (not that all people aren’t worthy just by being but, you get my point).

Past winners covered on this blog (not everyone only because we grab them as we learn about them and post as time allows, so we miss stuff) include – 2015’s media award winner Angelica O’Donoghue and literary arts award winner Asha Graham – both former Wadadli Pen winners; Glen Toussaint and Linisa George in 2013 – both won for the literary arts and now Glen is a 2016 Wadadli Pen judge while Linisa has judged in the past; in 2012 (Wadadli Pen finalist) Tiffany Smith for culture and the performing arts, Linisa George for literary arts and activism, and me for youth advocacy (yes, they have a few prizes for the over 35s as well).

As with all content (words, images, other) 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,  Fish Outta Water, Oh Gad!, and Musical Youth). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about WadadliPen and my books. You can also subscribe to and/or follow the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks. And remember while linking and sharing the links, referencing and excerpting, with credit, are okay, lifting whole content (articles,  images, other) from the site without asking is not cool. Respect copyright.

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Two Days Left to Make Nominations for A & B’ 2015 National Youth Awards – Hurry!


If there’s one award programme that I support its the National Youth Awards. Every year I try to keep track of and make time to nominate young people (not just in the literary arts) who I think are deserving. I want to encourage you to do the same. Time doesn’t permit me or any of us to nominate every one or every programme we think is deserving (I actually decided to post this after getting through three nominations and realizing I needed to get back to work) but if everyone nominates at least one person or programme, maybe no one or entity will be overlooked because we don’t have the time or didn’t make the time or whatever. So make at least one nomination nuh? You can nominate young people, people working on behalf of young people, programmes committed to the uplift of young people. I’ll make it even easier for you and post the nomination form here National Youth Awards Nomination Form 2015 Hurry, the window is almost closed shut.

Wadadli Pen at NYA trivia: Wadadli Pen alums who’ve won NYA Awards are Asha Graham (Literary), Angelica O’Donoghue (media), and Tiffany Benjamin (Culture and Performing arts); also past judges Linisa George, Mark Brown, and Floree Williams are past winners (past multiple winners, I believe); past judge Brenda Lee Browne received a lifetime achievement award; and I believe long time patron Best of Books received a corporate award and Cedric Holder of the Cushion Club, another patron, also received a lifetime achievement award if I’m remembering correctly. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone associated with the Wadadli Pen programme, but if I am just remind me. Neither I nor Wadadli Pen have won NYAs but I did receive an honourable mention (literary arts) back in 2006 behind that year’s winner and a special recognition plaque for my support of the work of the Youth Department in 2012.

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!, Fish Outta Water, and Musical Youth). All Rights Reserved. Seriously, a lot of time, energy, love and frustration goes in to researching and creating content for this site; please don’t just take it up just so without even a please, thank you or an ah-fu-she-subben (credit). 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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Literary Artistes and Other Young Achievers Shine at the 2013 National Youth Awards

The Youth Awards is one of those programmes I wholeheartedly support for several reasons:

  • It rewards positive youth accomplishment
  • By so doing, it has the potential to encourage positive youth accomplishment
  • It debunks notions of youth being wholly lost as the stories that make the front page would have us believe
  • Because it reminds us that there are young people striving, achieving, doing all around us – and that’s something to be celebrated
  • And that spirit of celebration makes for a feel good evening

That without fail has me wishing that there was a way to share these young people’s stories with the wider community in a way that transmits those positive vibes to Antigua and Barbuda as a whole. I remember leaving last year’s Youth Awards and firing off proposals to businesses and agencies I thought would be keen to get behind sponsoring video profiles of these young achievers. Yeah, the night fills you with that kind of optimism; and then reality bites. Still, it’s nice to feel those good vibes, to celebrate these young people if only for one night.

I didn’t make it this year but I’ve seen the pictures and it looks like it was as usual a thrilling evening; kudos to Youth Director Cleon Athill and her team for pulling this off year after year with what I know must be limited resources but a whole lot of let’s-do-this.

2013 Awardees include two of the Wadadli Pen family (I count them as such), literary prize winners Linisa George and Glen Toussaint.

This is Glen with our 2012 Wadadli Pen winner Rosalie at the  Best of Books, a project partner and his employer. Rosalie is holding the challenge plaque sponsored by the Best of Books and other gifts.

This is Glen with our 2012 Wadadli Pen winner Rosalie at the Best of Books, a project partner and his employer. Rosalie is holding the challenge plaque sponsored by the Best of Books and other gifts.

Linisa George is a past Youth Award winner (3x winner if I’m not mistaken, once with August Rush for their work in the literary arts, once as a part of Women of Antigua for their activism, once as Linisa for her work in the literary arts).

Flashback: Linisa George accepting her 2012 National Youth Award for contribution to the Literary Arts.  (This is a Eustace Samuel Photo from the Observer newspaper facebook page)

Flashback: Linisa George accepting her 2012 National Youth Award for contribution to the Literary Arts. (This is a Eustace Samuel Photo from the Observer newspaper facebook page)

Her 2013 win, I believe is all hers, in a year where she published two poems in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing (edited by Althea Prince); published a poem that had been selected as the entry from Antigua and Barbuda for the Poetry Parnassus at the 2012 Olympics in The World Record: International Voices from Southbank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus; and also launched the online magazine Black Girl in the Ring http://www.blackgirlinthering.com Linisa is founder of the Young Poets Society of Antigua and Barbuda, co-producer of the Expressions Open Mic held every second and fourth Tuesday at Heavenly Java, and co-producer/co-writer/c0-director/co-performer in When a Woman Moans and the local production of the Vagina Monlogues – the former two August Rush projects, the latter two Women of Antigua projects. As of 2012, she’s also a Wadadli Pen partner as part of our team of judges.

Glen Toussaint also has two poems published in Layout 1So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End: An Anthology of Antiguan and Barbudan Writing (edited by Althea Prince). He works at the Best of Books where his love of stories, story making, and story telling shines through – for instance in the in-store story time and the readings he does on Observer Radio’s Our House with Auntie Debbie and on school visits. Glen is a popular  Open Mic regular, both at Expressions and at the Wadadli Pen Open Mic – which he runs at the store, the second Saturday of every month.  That he encourages young people to read and get excited about reading will go a long way toward nurturing another generation of readers and writers.

There is often an activist element in George’s writing, particularly as relates to gender, race, and social justice; Glen, meanwhile, favours speculative fiction and poetry that’s alternatively provocative and earthy. And for all their accolades, the most inspiring thing about them may well be that they’ve really only just begun.

Congratulations to them both. In fact, congratulations to all the winners, listed in full below, and to the Youth Department for another successful instalment of a very valuable and inspiring programme:

Achievers in Education
Khira Christopher-Education
Michael Zouetr -Education
Thea Davis-Education
Amaya Athill-Outstanding Scholarship

Media Achievers
Kyle Christian* -Media practitioner
Martina Johnson-Young Journalist
Radio Observer -Youth Friendly Media House

Achievers in Agriculture
Jamaul Phillip-Young Farmer
PMS Agrcultural Science Programme-Honourble Mention

Achievers in Sports
Tamiko Butler (cyclist)- Young Sports woman
Jyme Bridges (cyclist)- Young sports man

Achievers in Business
LCP Industries- Young Entreprenwur ( D. Chastanet, W. Laville& Phillip)
Kevin Williams-Young Professional
Jeremy Abraham-Tourism-Management
Stephen Georges- Tourism – Service

Artistic Achievers
Quincy Etinoff (music)-Cultural and Performing Arts
Rameez Mascall-Young Artisan
Linisa George (literary arts)
Glen Toussaint (literary arts)

Barbuda’s Best
Dr. Jeremy Deazle

Jon Whyte*–Young pioneer

Sasha Gay Middleton Community Service- Individual
Red Cross Youth Group-Community Service -Group

Corporate Awards
Mill Reef Club

Youth Development Partner
Medical benefits Scheme
Curtain Bluff Hotel

Lifetime Service Award
Ingid O’Marde- Youth and Ecumenism
Gordon George- Literacy
Felicity Aymer- Reproductive and Sexual Health of teens and Youth
Pat Whyte-Sports
Sheila Roseau- Gender advocacy-empowerment of girls/young women

Special Awards–support of work of the Department of Youth Affairs
Jeannette charles

The featured speaker for the evening was Carlon Knight*.

*FYI, talk about young people doing things, a National Youth Forum has been announced for January 9th 2014; its purpose to bring representatives of the country’s major political parties together to address the issues of concern and interest to young people. It is invite only and will be hosted by Marcella Andre-Georges and streamed online and carried live on several local stations. For more information contact the Organizing Committee (which includes NYA 2013 winners Kyle Christian, Jon Whyte, and speaker Carlon Knight) via social media on twitter.com/nyfanu2014, search for our facebook.com event, or e-mail us at nyfanu2014@gmail.com.

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Lit News – a mini update

1. The local literary community made out okay at the National Youth Awards this past Saturday. Congrats to Tameka Jarvis-George, Brenda Lee Browne, and the Best of Books. Jarvis-George received the Literary Arts Award, Browne received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Best of Books rceived a Corporate Award. It was a good night; congrats to both winners and organizers (on a totally self-indulgent note congrats also to my niece D’jeri for her sports award). Here’s more.

2. Emile Hill’s Angels Project launches this coming Saturday at the National Museum, 8 p.m. Looking forward to it. Congrats to him as well.

3. You have to check this out.

4. And don’t forget all the other fun activity: Mixing poetry and moonlight are Expressions and the Wadadli Pen Open Mic especially – the former the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Heavenly Java 2 Go and the latter the second Saturday of every month at the Best of Books on Friars Hill Road, #1 Village Walk Mall. No word yet on the December Open Mic theme but I can tell you that Expressions is planning a special screening for its last session of the season, December 13th.

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REMINDER re message from the Youth Department of Antigua and Barbuda

Youth Director Cleon Athill.


The Department of Youth Affairs once again gets ready to host the National Youth Awards 2011

This will be held on Saturday November 26th , 2011. As usual, we are seeking the support of the public. ….You!


National Youth Awards (NYA) are conferred on young people between the ages of 10 and 35 years who have demonstrably excelled in different fields of developmental endeavours and social service.. These young people are commended for their dedication to excellence and are held up as role models to other youths .
General Criteria:

All Nominees must be:
* of the age group 10-35 yrs.
* National of Antigua & Barbuda
* Resident in Antigua
* in good social standing

National Youth Awards (NYA) will be conferred to deserving young people who satisfy the above criteria.

Awards will be given in the following areas
The Ministry of Education (Department of Education) presents top performers in the the annual National examinations for Awards.
These are CAPE, CXC, Post Primary and Common Entrance Examinations
Outstanding Scholarship Award.*..Awarded to a young university graduate who has done exceptionally well (at the highest level)
Nominations are invited from the general public

2. Sports:
The Department of Sports presents overall top performers for “Young Sport Man” and ” Young Sports Woman” of the Year Awards .

3. Media:
National Youth Awards recognizes the contribution of young media practitioners to the “engendering of a positive youth culture”. There are three media awards– two of these go to individual journalists and the other goes to a media house that has made a significant contribution towards the development of our young people as well as the positive portrayal of youth in the media.
Young Media Practitioner…(nominated by the Department of Youth Affairs)
Young Journalist.*.(Covers youth issues in a holistic way) Nominations are invited from the general public
Youth-Friendly Media House*.(Nominations are invited from the public)

4. Agriculture:
The Ministry of Agriculture presents 2 top performers for the “Young Farmer of the Year Award” as well as the award for “Young Agro-processor”

5 Cultural & Performing Art*
The Department of Culture presents 2 top performers/achievers for these awards. (Nominations are also invited from the public)

6. Literary Arts:*
The Literary Society is especially invited to present nominees for this Award. Nominations are also invited from the public

7. Tourism
The Ministry of Tourism presents top performers, one for the “Service Award” and one for the “Management Award”

8. Visual Arts*
This award is presented for outstanding work in visual arts. Departments of Education and Culture as well as the general public are invited to present nominees.

9. Entrepreneurship*
This award recognizes the achievement of a young entrepreneur. The general public is invited to make nominations. The Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Association are also invited to send nominations

10. Community Service*
Two awards are issued in this category -Individual & Youth Group.
This award recognizes the contribution of the individual youth and youth groups to the development of their communities. Nominations are invited from the general public.

11. Young professional
This award is conferred upon a young professional, who through excellent professional practice, upholds the standards of his or her professsion.
Nominations are invited from the business sector and all professional organizations and associations ( e.g. Bar Association,
Medical Association, Teachers Association Underwriters Association, Architect and Engineers Associations)

12. Young Artisan*
This award is presented to a young artisan who has produced excellent work and who has dedicated time to develop his/her craft. Here we celebrate tilelayers, painters, bricklayers; blacksmith; masons joiners; seamstresses, carpenters, etc.
Nominations are invited from the public

13. Barbuda’s Best
The people of Barbuda through their Council will identify a young Barbudan for this award.

14. Young Pioneer Award
This Award goes to a young person/group who is breaking new grounds in areas such a film; information tecnology, manufacturing; etc

Corporate Awards*
National Youth Awards (NYA) also recognizes the contribution of the business community to youth development. Here two corporate citizens are recognized for their youth development initiatives and another three for the contributions they would have made to support youth programmes throughout the year.
Nominations are invited from sports and youth groups. This is a way to thank the business places that have sponsored your programmes for the year.

Honouring Adults/Life-Time Awards*
National Youth Awards recognizes the contributions of adults who would have contributed to youth development. NYA will honour 5 adults who over the years have contributed significantly to the development of our young people, particularly at the national level.
Here too, nominations are invited from the general public.

*Nominations are invited from general public

*All nominations should reach the Department of Youth Affairs by August 31. We are located at Prime Minister’s Office Drive (off Factory Road)

National Youth Awards 2011 will confer a total of 34 awards

The Department of Youth Affairs is encouraging the Business Sector and interested individuals to sponsor an Award. Please call the Department to say how you will support, at # 462-6781… (Ms. Tamorla Henry) or E-Mail wadadliyouthdept@gmail.com or cleonpa@yahoo.com
Thanks for Suporting our National Youth Development Agenda.

Cleon Athill
Director of Youth

“To whom
much is given, much is expected”

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