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Carib Lit Plus (Mid to Late October 2021)

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).


Joanne C. Hillhouse’s The Jungle Outside, by Harper Collins international, will have an ebook purchase option come December. (Source – in house)


Lisa Allen-Agostini’s The Bread the Devil Knead, by UK indie Myriad, is now available to buy at bookstores in the US and Canada. (Source – author Instagram)


Danielle Legros Georges’ translation of Ida Faubert’s Island Heart launched in 2021. Original publication was in 1939. It was Faubert’s first book. Both writers are Haitian. (Source – N/A)


Voices Monologues and Plays for Caribbean Actors is a resource for theatre students, edited by Yvonne Weekes, lecturer at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill campus).

“A theatre graduate came into my office and told me that he had to prepare a three-minute audition piece for an NCF local folk concert, a production that commemorates the 1937 riots in Barbados.

“I gave him a text of monologues which I had purchased several years earlier. A week later he returned the book and with great dejection stated that none of the monologues spoke to him as a young Caribbean performer.”

Dr Weekes added: “That same week David Edgecombe, a lecturer in Theatre at the University of the Virgin Islands, and I were discussing the state of Caribbean theatre. Ironically, he was lamenting the scarcity of scholarly and creative new works being produced by Caribbean playwrights and academics.

“These incidents prompted me to take up the challenge of producing an actor’s resource in order to provide historical, rich, dramatic monologues for research and exploration of their Caribbean identity.”

Barbados Today

The book is published by St. Martin’s House of Nehesi. The author hopes to get the book on to the Caribbean Examination Council syllabus. (Source – Facebook)


Pictured left to right are Ronan Matthew, Joanne C. Hillhouse, and Gayle Gonsalves, all Antiguan-Barbudan writers, holding their books at the Best of Books. Matthew’s book is the 2021 release Ruby’s Dream: The Story of a Boy’s Life. A Blogger on Books review of which you can read here.

In the memoir or ripped from real life fictions of Antigua and Barbuda’s publishing history, I can’t think of another book that quite occupies the space this book does because of the author’s racial make-up and place in society – and I would have been interested in more of this aspect of it.

(Source – in house)


By Carol Mitchell and Heidi Fagerberg of Caribbean Reads Publishing, this 96 page colouring book, aptly titled Colour My World, is for children who are just learning to colour. The images celebrate the Caribbean region and correspond to curriculum objectives.

(Source – Facebook)


Best of Books bookstore, Antigua, hosted Windward author, resident in Montserrat Marguerite Jennifer Joseph in October 2021 to promote her book Lady Under the Stairs. Summary (per Amazon): Two families connected through centuries of slavery and life after slavery in the Caribbean. The McKenzie’s were the plantation owners and the Charles’ their loyal house servants. Lilianne Charles a mere teenager had her life pulled apart after one brief encounter with a McKenzie. She ends up in a mental asylum, where she remained for almost a quarter of a century abandoned by the people who she thought had loved her. Follow this heart-wrenching story as Lily and her family journeys through the tropical plantation to the asylum in the Caribbean and then to the British countryside and back to the Caribbean, where Lily is finally reunited with all the people she had lost. The book was released in June 2021. (Source – Facebook)


The ninth edition of the Bocas Poetry Slam Finals.

(Source – N/A)


The Antigua and Barbuda media community is mourning the sudden, sad, and unexpected death of former ABS TV/radio journalist and public relations officer for the ministries of Health and Agriculture, Debbie Francis. Debbie died of COVID-19. A PAHO Media Award winning journalist, she was much loved as evidenced by the outpouring of grief (from friends, family, and former media colleagues) throughout local social media when news broke on October 17th 2021. The COVID death count in Antigua and Barbuda is at 95 people (that’s nearly 100 people in the year and seven months since COVID sent the country in to an ongoing state of emergency in March 2020) per the last dashboard (uncertain if this accounting is before or after Debbie’s death). There’s been spiking in recent weeks. Debbie was reportedly still due to receive her second shot of the vaccine. She was a mother of one in her early 50s. RIP, Debs. Everyone else, please, wear your masks, social distance, sanitize, and #getvaxxed (Source – ABS TV via Instagram)


To Foward Prize winner for best single poem Nicole Sealey. She was born in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and raised in the US. The other winners are British-Nigerian filmmaker Calem Femi for best first collection and Brit Luke Kennard, best collection.

It is worth noting that former Forward Prize winner Shivanee Ramlochan of Trinidad and Tobago was a member of the five-person judging panel.

(Source – Twitter)


To past Wadadli Pen finalist (back when he was 10), Mjolnir Messiah, who won Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Top Honours for graduating secondary students in Antigua and Barbuda in 2020. The former St. Joseph’s Academy Student passed 21 subjects with 16 grade ones and give grade twos. (Source – ABS TV/radio Facebook)


To the Jamaican National Award winners which includes reggae icons like Lt. Stitchie, now Rev. Dr. Cleveland Aman Laing, and 199 others. Full list here. (Source – Twitter)


I want to make sure that you visit and subscribe to both the Wadadli Pen YouTube Channel and my (Joanne C. Hillhouse) AntiguanWriter YouTube Channel. Subscribing, hitting the notification beell so you don’t miss new content, liking, commenting, sharing, all helps the algorithms work in favour of both channels – driving up views. But we’re not just asking you to do us a favour; we believe you’ll find the content in both places interesting if arts is your thing. Here’s a teaser.

The Wadadli Pen YouTube Channel has four playlists:
Wadadli Pen Reading Room and Gallery (all video content from the Reading Room and Gallery series here on Wadadli; most recent addition is this Promises No Promises music video)

Wadadli Pen 2021
Wadadli Pen Winning Submissions
Book Event, Independence 2020

At AntiguanWriter, you’ll find the following playlists:
#TheWritingLife (most recently uploaded video is my interview with ZDK radio ahead of my Bocas Lit Fest Workshop)

CREATIVE SPACE (this is the playlist for my art and culture column which runs every other Wednesday; look out for a playlist to accompany the Independence edition of the series this November)
Book Chat
Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (this content has largely been moved to the new Wadadli Pen YouTube Channel)
Muse-ic (I haven’t uploaded this playlist in years – I do share #music #everyday on my facebook and twitter)
Zahara Playlist #MusicalYouthbook (this is a character playlist for main character Zahara from my book Musical Youth)
Shaka’s Playlist #MusicalYouthbook (this is a character playlist for main character Shaka from my book Musical Youth)
Highlights of Oh Gad! Book Club Discussion (this is a local book club promo event I held when this novel debuted)

Chosen at random:

Two other recent posts from AntiguanWriter.

and two from Wadadli Pen.

(Source – in house)

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, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, The Jungle Outside, and Oh Gad!). 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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Carib Lit Plus Mid to Late October 2020

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. (in brackets, as much as I can remember, I’ll add a note re how I sourced the information)


I haven’t been keeping up with the A & B Arts Round Up (schedule of events) because well, COVID cancelled everything. Which is not really true because there have been a number of online events as well but I just haven’t been keeping up with them as I’d like to. So I’ll mention here that the National Public Library of Antigua and Barbuda resumed its Author of the Month Series in October 2020 with its first virtual edition of the series spotlighting local authors. Leadership consultant Janine Sutherland, author of This Woman Can, was in the spotlight as you’ll see in this live archived on the Public Library page. Next up, November 25th 2020 is Floree Williams Whyte, author of The Wonderful World of Yohan.


Rupert Philo, son of Willikies, king of the Road, calypso icon, Caribbean legend, one of the Big Three of Antiguan and Barbudan calypso was laid to rest on October 19th 2020 at the Sir Vivian Richards (National) Stadium. Swallow, Sir Rupert, received a deserving official funeral. You can read about him in various articles here on the blog – use the search feature to find them. Rest in Power and dance to your heart’s content, Swallow. I feel inclined as he ascends to angel status to share (again) a favourite of mine and many others, because I appreciate the irony of it, Satan Coming Down (winner of the 1984 Road March title). Enjoy.

(source: this was prompted by the live stream of Swallow’s funeral on ABS TV; any additional information was researched or drawn from memory)


Randall Kenan was not a Caribbean writer (he’s from the American South) but he is a writer with whom my path crossed at the Breadloaf Writers Conference in 2008, and he was always gracious to me during our brief encounters in my time there. I was sad to hear of this passing. You can read his New York Times obit here. Of the books mentioned, I’ve read Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century which distinctively, through capturing and profiling individual Black lives coast to coast, illustrates that oft repeated phrase that Black people are not a monolith. You can read my review of it here or you could just go read the book.

(source: various, including social media reflection by author-friends and note to my inbox from Breadloaf/Middlebury; plus additional research and personal reflection)

New Publications

Intersect Antigua has announced that intersectantigua.com, platforming queeribbean and Caribbean feminist stories, will launch on October 30th 2020.

(source: social media announcement by Intersect)


Published specially for the 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Reclaim, Restore, Return: Futurist Tales from the Caribbean is an e-book anthology of speculative fiction and poetry by seven Caribbean writers (including Brandon O’Brien and Hadassah K. Williams, Trinidadian writers whose included works were previously published in New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean; US Virgin Islander Cadwell Turnbull; Nalo Hopkinson, a Caribbean writer well known in the world of speculative fiction internationally; and a new commissioned piece from Trinbagonian Shivanee Ramlochan). The book, available freely for download here, was compiled and edited by renowned Caribbean fantasy writers Karen Lord of Barbados and Grenadian Tobias S. Buckell (who coined the fitting term for the genre #Caribbeanfuturism). Both also have pieces in the collection. Reclaim, Restore, Return is published by the Caribbean Futures Institute, which was specifically established to partner with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, to imagine a post-pandemic Caribbean future. Together, they’ve created a book project, and we want to imagine entertaining read, to imagine possible futures for the Caribbean that should inspire us in the present.

(source: email announcement from Bocas; plus additional research)


Jamaica-born, Barbados based Sharma Taylor keeps winning – her latest prize the 2020 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize in Fiction for ‘How You Make Jamaican Coconut Oil.’ (source social media congrats)

Trinidad and Tobago’s Danielle Boodoo-Fortune (Love Notes from Island Lockdown), Sonia Farmer of the Bahamas (Don’t Look), Trinidad’s Nehassaiu deGannes (To Find, To Be), and Jamaica’s Safiya Sinclair who is based in the US (Double America) were shortlisted for the Montreal Poetry Prize of 2020 which ultimately went to American poet Victoria Korth (Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center).

In the sealed container of home now,
Saharan dust clouds drift and settle.
You find airspaces in the secret hollows of trees,
mark time in the nesting cycles of cornbirds
and the fruiting season of mangoes.

Danellie Boodoo-Fortune: Love Notes from an Island Lockdown

(source: email announcement from St. Lucian author John Robert Lee; plus additional research)


“Alexandra Stewart has become the first National (Trinidad and Tobago) Poetry Slam Champion to successfully defend her title. Stewart, 22, is also the fifth time a woman to win the competition in its eighth year.”

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(source: email announcement from Bocas)

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on 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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