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Carib Plus Lit News (late November 2019)

Since I decided to start this news round-up, it’s all I can do to keep up. Sorry for the things I missed. Here’s some news (some not so new anymore).

Death

Antigua and Barbuda mourns the passing of Vaughn Walter Mbe, a cultural actor and longtime Culture Director and former Carnival chair, who passed unexpectedly. Walter, son of the country’s second premier and national hero Sir George Walter, who himself ran for elected office in 1999, was assigned to lead prep for Antigua and Barbuda’s hosting of CARIFESTA 2021, and reportedly collapsed on the job. The self-styled ‘de Vagabond’ (Vagga for short) is, also, remembered in the larger public consciousness as a broadly comedic personality known for catchphrases like “you haffu come man, you haffu come”. He has acted in a number of plays and other stage (e.g. calypso) presentations, plus local films. Walter who was also a certified marriage officer and event (weddings) planner, was set to retire from public service after his stint with CARIFESTA. I couldn’t find a listing of Walter’s performance credits but I will share one from memory. When, in 2007, the Rick James Theatre Ensemble undertook to tell the story of Antigua and Barbuda, Our Country, Walter took on the role of the man referred to as the Father of the Nation. Incidentally, this man Sir V. C. Bird Sr. was also his father’s greatest political rival (and vice versa) during the pitched battles of the late 1960s to late 1970s  – arguably the most contentious time in modern Antiguan-Barbudan politics. The accuracy and authenticity he brought to the moment of delivering one of Bird’s rallying speeches was one of the highlights of the play.

Appointment

On the heels of an adversarial Carnival season, in which the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization (ECCO) was at loggerheads with local event promoters over artist royalties, the copyright management organization has designated an Antigua-Barbuda director in the person of Vaughan Skerritt. Skerritt works in the industry as copy writer and producer,  and was a member of Antigua and Barbuda’s premier hip hop group back in the day – Da Rock 1761.

Awardees

The Antigua and Barbuda Independence honours list included two members of the arts community, musical arranger Jagger Martin and songwriter Rupert ‘Littleman’ Pelle, as well as educators Dr. Edris Bird, first and former resident tutor of the UWI Open Campus, and Glendina Jacobs, among others. Congratulations to them all.

Marlon James, Jamaican and former Booker prize winner, was a finalist for the National Book Awards in the US where he lives, thanks to his latest epic novel Black Leopard Red Wolf.

Congrats due as well to Dionne Brand, winner of the 2019 Toronto Book Award (and $10,000 CDN) for Theory. The awards are now in their 45th year and are intended to honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto. Brand is originally from Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaican writer Olive Senior, also Canada-based, won the Matt Cohen at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto, celebrating her body of work.


She is pictured here in Antigua (with local author/Wadadli Pen founder-coordinator Joanne C. Hillhouse -i.e. me) after attending the Alliougana book fest in Montserrat. We go back to 1995 when, as I have related more than once, I did my first writing workshop at the University of Miami, the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute, which Olive facilitated. It was during that workshop that I began work on my first book The Boy from Willow Bend. Senior was by then already a Commonwealth award winning writer for her book 1989’s Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories.

Finally, shout out to the Antigua and Barbuda delegation to the Caribbean Secondary Schools’ Drama Festival. They cleaned up, returning home with awards for production, original script (historical drama, The Long Walk by Zahra Airall), directing (Airall), set design, sound, lighting, actress (Khadelia Williams), and best overall contingent. Her production The Forgotten previously won the main prize at the CSSDF in 2015. Without missing a beat Airall is planning at this writing a staging of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues which she originally brought to Antigua and Barbuda as part of Women of Antigua in 2008.

Repping Books

Antigua and Barbuda’s Best of Books bookstore, a Wadadli Pen patron and partner, won representative of the year from UK publisher Collins alongside Jamaica and Belize.

 

Young Composers

Antiguan and Barbudan Brianna Georges, 16, was a finalist for the Commonwealth International Composition Award. Georges is a former member of the prize winning Antigua Girls High School pan orchestra. The Antigua State College student reportedly wants to be both a forensic scientist and professional musician. Khadijah Simon is also a finalist, also from Wadadli. She is still a student at AGHS, where she serves as the choir’s pianist and as a musician at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church. Another Antiguan and Barbudan Erienne Peters, also had a highly recommended entry. The Composition Award’s stated purpose is to promote composition around the world and give young composers the skills they’ll need to further their careers. This is its first year.

Film Arts Awards (Local)

Did you know that Antigua and Barbuda had two film festivals this Independence season? Well, it did. I’m sorry to have missed both (the Motion Picture Association of Antigua and Barbuda’s International Film Festival back after a hiatus, the last one was held in 2012, and the first time Wadadli Short Film Festival led by off-island folks with Antiguan-Barbudan roots) – as not only a film lover but as someone who served as associate producer on Antigua and Barbuda’s first feature length film (The Sweetest Mango) and production manager on its second (No Seed), both written by D. Gisele Isaac, and as a writer and arts advocate. Especially though as someone who likes to see the arts thrive and the work of our artists and art producers celebrated. So congrats to the women in film recognized by the MPAA’s festival – Heather Doram, artist and former Culture Director, who cameod in The Sweetest Mango, starred in No Seed, and who has featured in a number of local productions on stage (Sweet Lady, When a Woman Moans), on TV (Paradise View, Keeping it Real), and on film (Maisie and Em film shorts) among other activities since the early 2000s; Julie Hewlett who has appeared in a number of UK TV series (e.g. East Enders and Turks and Caicos per her IMDB) and who was among the main supporting cast of The Sweetest Mango and is forthcoming in HAMA’s Deep Blue, in addition to teaching and facilitating workshops; and Mitzi Allen, a TV and radio producer, also independent producer of Antigua and Barbuda’s main feature films and TV shows (movies The Sweetest Mango, No Seed, Diablesse, The Skin, TV series Paradise View, and any number of commercial productions, and informational or edutainment programmes e.g. Pet Playhouse, Let’s Talk) as co-founder and co-director of HAMA. Also recognized, Sandie de Freitas who is Canada-based (not sure there’s a direct Antigua-Barbuda connection, the article cited was light on information, but she is festival director and founder for Commffest community film festival in Toronto). The Wadadli Short Film Festival is Antigua-Barbuda based but counts the wider Eastern Caribbean/Caribbean community as its constituency, and UK-based personnel as its principals, and its inaugural awards reflected that with best film going to London-based director Jordan Pitt’s Coffee, best OECS film going to French filmmaker Alain Bidard’s The Flight , and best music video going to Hard Knaxx’s Life in Paradise. See the full list of finalists and short list from 130 submissions. Speaking of Antiguans and Barbudans in film, the Peter Pan inspired Wendy, by critically-acclaimed Beast of the Southern Wilds’ director Benh Zeitlin includes local locations and children (notably Yashwa Mack).

 

Antiguan and Barbudan author  included in the line-up for the Sharjah International Book Fair

More here. And here.

New Books

Not all the new books – just the ones that came across my attention to this writing – including The A to Z of Caribbean Art which is due in early December (no Antiguan-Barbudan artists that I could see); Una Marson by Lisa Tomlinson (fifth in the University of the West Indies press Caribbean Biography series, spotlighting the Jamaican poet, dramatist, broadcaster, and advocate and curator of Caribbean literary arts – Media Release_Una Marson); the latest historical novel by ex-pat writer Apple Gibley’s US Virgin Islands historical novels (Transfer, which just came in the mail along with her earlier work Fireburn, courtesy of the author for review – hopefully I can finish reading them quickly enough to donate them to the Wadadli Pen challenge prize package); a memoir and/or biography by  Antigua and Barbuda’s former PM Sir Lester Bird (The Comeback Kid); US-based Jamaican writer and Howard University professor Curdella Forbes (A Tall History of Sugar); several social studies text and workbooks by local educator Anthea S. Thomas who wrote them initially to fill a material gap in her classroom and landed a publishing deal; and a new anthology, Winning Words, out of Barbados spotlighting winning pieces from the National Independence Festival Creative Arts writing competition.

Finally, on December 1st 2019, Haitian American writer M. J. Fievre drops her latest book – ‘Happy, Okay?’. The Florida-based writer’s book is sub-titled “Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, Survival”. A recent press release described it as “an exhilarating exploration of depression, anxiety, grief, and loss”. It is, according to the release, meant for people living with mental illness and those closest to them. Edwidge Dandicat, another famed Haitian-American writer endorsed the book: “‘Happy, Okay?’ is a beautifully written meditation filled with poignant and lyrical meditations of the joys, pains, and complications of life and the daily struggle to survive, create, and love.” Here’s the press release in full: Fievre_Press Kit

Speaking of books

Sandals knows what’s up. Books makes good gifts. I do hope some Caribbean and Antiguan and Barbudan books are in the mix.

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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Carib Plus Lit News (Late September 2019)

The Caribbean Writer has announced its Volume 32 prize winnersTCW-Cover-VOL-32-2

Prizes include The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize of $400 for best short fiction; The Daily News Prize of $500 to a resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands; The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize of $500 to a new or emerging writer; The Cecile de Jongh Literary Prize of $500 to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean; The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize of $300 to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language; and The Boyce Literary Prize of $500 to a Caribbean author for a work that best expresses the changing social dynamics of regional life. Not listed is the David Hough Literary Prize which is awarded this year for the final time. See who won. Congrats to the various winners.

Bahamas Post-Dorian; Let’s Talk Climate Change

The Bahamas still needs our help. As we know, it took a pounding from hurricane Dorian

The concern for us in the Caribbean is more than the immediate storms and the aftermath – devastating as that all is – but the ever-rising climate change impacts. Climate change is real – we who feel it know it – and the time for denial is over. Hurricanes have always been with us so believe us when we say (from 2017 on when Irma and Maria laid waste to the region including our own Barbuda) this is different – the frequency, the ferocity, the relentlessness, the heat, the storms, this isn’t normal – or if we don’t act, this will be our new normal and we won’t all survive it.

“We Bahamians listen to climate deniers in rich countries who are oblivious or indifferent to those who bear the weight for their wonderful lives. Meanwhile, the water rises from the ground in our yards because the water table is so high during high tide, and plants we once depended upon no longer grow. We experience too much rain or too little rain, and fresh water supplies are increasingly contaminated by rising sea levels.” Read more of  Hurricane Dorian Makes Bahamians the Latest Climate-Crisis Victims 

The article might make you cry as it gives you a visceral sense of the experience of those trapped on islands besieged by Dorian (another name retired from future Caribbean baby registries), but it also prescribes action and that’s what I wanted to share:

“So we mobilize. We call on the United States to pass the Green New Deal. We donate to groups like Head Knowles*. We consider how to gather volunteers and Bahamian mental health workers to deploy in the coming days. But we need everyone’s help and kindness. We need tarps, tents, sleeping bags, batteries, flashlights, heavy equipment, generators, chain saws, electrical workers and people capable of rebuilding communication towers and homes. We need nonperishable food, wipes, adult and children’s diapers, bug spray.

We need lots of things, but please — no tossed paper towels. This is not funny. Though gracious, Bahamians may toss them back to you.”

Through the Caribbean writers network, I have been informed that the Head Knowles Foundation is a women’s run community organization with hundreds on the ground and a track record – the message provided information on their South Florida drop-off point for those in the area:

Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport:
Headknowles Foundation c/o
Tropix Express
5610 NW 12th Avenue
Suite 203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
info@tropixshipping.com

The Foundation also has a Go Fund Me for money to assist with the relocation of people who have lost their homes, rescue planes, boats, and cars, and for teams who need to go back and forth from Abaco/Grand Bahama to Nassau to safety. The foundation can supply information about their 501c status etc. if you are a “big donor”.

Caribbean Books Online

Anansesem, the online Caribbean children’s lit magazine, has revamped its online bookstore. It is organized by country (here’s Antigua and Barbuda) Founder Summer Edward wrote on The Brown Bookshelf about the process.

“The most distinctive thing, however, about the new Anansesem Online Bookstore is that it carries only ‘own voices’ books. You may be unfamiliar with the term ‘own voices.’ Coined by Dutch YA author Corinne Duyvis in 2015, it’s a term that’s now widely used in the publishing world to refer to books for which the protagonist and the author share a historically marginalized racial or cultural identity. The need for the term ‘own voices’ as a distinguishing marker arose due to the long history, in traditional publishing, of majority-group authors being given free rein to write books depicting minority group characters, and the equally long history of minority-group writers not being given the same kind of access to tell their own stories…Indeed, there are drawbacks to searching/shopping for Caribbean children’s and YA books directly on websites like Amazon.com. Amazon.com doesn’t tell you which Caribbean CYA books displayed on its search results pages are own voices books. Also, Amazon’s search engine isn’t optimized for finding CYA books from specific Caribbean countries; for example, if you search for ‘Jamaican children’s books’ on Amazon.com, you’ll get a lot of irrelevant results including (for some reason) textbooks (lots of them) and cookbooks. Likewise, if you search for ‘Caribbean children’s books’ directly on Amazon’s website, their search results will show you a lot of CYA books from South and Central America, which while wonderful to know about, aren’t Caribbean books, and thus aren’t what you’re looking for.”

I’ve added the bookstore to the Caribbean Literary Resources page here on the blog. Thanks to Summer for this Wadadli Pen shout out in her article: “Anansesem contributor Joanne C. Hillhouse’s comprehensive blog, Wadadli Pen, was an extremely helpful resource for confirming the nationalities of authors of CYA books related to Antigua and Barbuda.”

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, its Spanish language edition Perdida! , and Oh Gad! ). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page Jhohadli or like me on Facebook. Help me 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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Prizes

The awards ceremony for the Wadadli Pen 2012 Challenge in partnership with the Best of Books is set for 6:30 p.m., March 31st at the Best of Books, #1 Village Walk Mall. I’m in the process of collecting the pledged prizes from sponsors spread across the island and across the water…

UPDATED 30/03/12 – It’s been an abundance of riches these past few days and I just haven’t had the time to write about it. In addition to the offers reported in the last update, IWC and Little Antigua Island Tour have dropped off their gifts. We’ve heard from Marie Elena John re contributions of her book Unburnable; we got more than we bargained for when we collected from Australian Homemade, ABI Insurance, and the Best of Books today; muchos gracias to them for the extras. That’s what I call a giving spirit.

UPDATED 27/03/12 – Not collected yet but received word today from Cedric Holder of the Cushion Club and K C Nash of the International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda that both groups will be making contributions to the 2012 Wadadli Pen prize package. ABI Insurance and Australian Homemade are also on board with their promised commitment and then some. Still collecting, stay tuned.

UPDATED 24/03/12 – We also have copies of Barbara Arrindell’s Antigua My Antigua, my Boy from Willow Bend; Adventure Antigua – I’ve done this as well, and it’s sooo relaxing and informative; the Best of Books; and Frank B. Armstrong.

UPDATED 22/03/12 – Just in gift certificates for three of our winners, from Ondeck.

UPDATED 17/03/12 – These just in: cash prizes from D.Gisele Isaac and Jabberwocky; gift certificates from Blue Waters, Caribbean Helicopters, and Keyonna Beach Hotel; a copy of one of my books from me (Joanne C. Hillhouse) and flash drives (three of them) from ACT.

UPDATED 11/03/12 to add: I’ve received the vouchers from two of our esteemed writers, Elaine Spires, currently performing on the West End in London, and Brenda Lee Browne, currently jetsetting in India; Elaine is giving copies of her books What’s Eating Me and Singles’ Holiday and Brenda Lee is giving two spots at her writers’ retreat later in the year. Excellent!

UPDATED (09/03/12) to add: thanks to Conrad Luke who has followed through on his commitment to give a $500 gift certificate for books redeemable at the Best of Books for the school with the most submissions – a way of encouraging even greater participation; and thanks to Jolly Beach Resort (and especially GM Vernon Jeffers) from whom I’ve now collected a voucher for a day pass for two – btw, I know someone that did this and they had a thoroughly enjoyable time so it should be fun.

Have the second of these in hand. It’s a Cross Century II Medalist Ball point Pen (which retails for EC$215.00) and comes with a lifetime guarantee for mechanical failure and is chrome in colour with 23 karat gold plated appointments.  For practical and symbolic purposes, we’ve sought a pen of high value as a gift from the very beginning of Wadadli Pen. Stephen B. Shoul has been the one to give in 2005, 2006, and now again in 2012. Killing us not just with clothes (per their old ad) but with their generousity.

That was the second of the prizes to come in as earlier the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour people emailed us their gift certificate which entitles the bearer to a full course for two (I’ve done it, it’s a scream!). We’ve just got to get it printed. Grateful to them for their prompt delivery.

As always, we encourage you to support our sponsors because, of course, we want them to keep on giving.

Stay tuned for more on this year’s prizes and sponsors.

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Who Won in 2011?

Congrats to all the winners!

Thanks to all partners and sponsors.

Admittedly, we’d still love to see more entries, and this was a tough year for attracting prizes, but we got some really quality pieces(read and see for yourself), and we tried to evenly distribute what we were able to attract (weighing in sponsor preferences) and keeping in mind that the prizes are an incentive not the point of creating.

In addition to prizes mentioned, all winners receive a certificate from the Wadadli Pen team; plus the Challenge plaque, sponsored by Best of Books, has been emblazoned with the winner’s name and will hang in the store until it is updated with the next winner’s name.

VISUAL ART AWARDS

First Placed:

Hudle Jennings
for illustration of Sands and Butterflies story (writer: Devra Thomas)

Prize Package –

  • Art Camp scholarship – Edison Arts
  • EC$250 – Caribbean Alliance  Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Hula Girl (framed art piece) – Jennifer Meranto

Second Placed:

Hudle Jennings
for illustration of The Curse of the Kumina (writer: Shakeema Edwards)

Prize Package –

  • EC$125 – Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Books –
    • All That Glitters is Not Gold – Marcel Marshall (author)
    • The Boy from Willow Bend –
      Joanne C. Hillhouse (author)
    • The Scarlet Letter (author: Nathaniel Hawthorne – audio book) – the Best of Books

Third Placed:

Freya Platts-Costeloe
(8, Island Academy) for illustration of The Scary Story (writer: Zuri Holder)

Prize Package –

  • Art camp scholarship – Edison Arts
  • EC$75 – Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd.
  • Freedom (framed art piece)
    – Jennifer Meranto
  • Art project books – The Best of Books
  • A children’s music CD –
    Joanne C. Hillhouse

LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

12 and Under

First Placed:

The Lost Coin
by Orique Gordon (11, Minoah Magnet Academy)

Prize Package –

  • EC$150 – Caribbean Alliance  Insurance Company Ltd.
  • A selection of children’s books and gifts – The Best of Books
  • Boat Boys (framed art piece) – Jennifer Meranto
  • Party gift certificate – K & E Party Time

Second Placed:

The Scary Night
by Zuri Holder (10, Sunnyside
Tutorial)

Prize Package –

  • EC$75 – Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd.
  • A selection of children’s books and gifts – The Best of Books
  • Book – Ninth Ward – Jewell Parker Rhodes (author)

Third Placed:

Mongoose in the Hole
by Keillia Mentor (10, Buckley’s Primary)

Prize Package –

  • EC$75 – Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd.
  • A selection of children’s books and gifts – The Best of Books
  • Book – Ninth Ward – Jewell Parker Rhodes (author)

13 to 17

First Placed:

The Legend of Banana Boy
by Chatrisse Beazer (16, Princess Margaret School)

Prize Package –

  • EC$350 (and miscellaneous gifts) – ABI Insurance
  • Books – Turn Thanks (author: Lorna Goodison) & Prospero’s Daughter (author: Elizabeth Nunez) – Antigua and Barbuda International   Literary Festival

Second Placed:

The Curse of the Kumina by Shakeema Edwards
(17, Antigua State College)

Prize Package –

  • EC$250 (and miscellaneous gifts) – ABI Insurance
  • Books – Turn Thanks
    (author: Lorna Goodison) & Prospero’s Daughter (author: Elizabeth
    Nunez) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

Third Placed:

Pre School Days
by Ardis Lavelle (17, Antigua State College)

Prize Package –

  • EC$150 (and miscellaneous gifts) – ABI Insurance
  • Books – Turn Thanks (author: Lorna Goodison) & Prospero’s Daughter (author: Elizabeth Nunez) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival
  • Book – All that Glitters is not Gold – Marcel Marshall (author)

18 to 35

First Placed:

Sands and Butterflies by Devra Thomas

Prize Package –

  • EC$150 (and miscellaneous gifts) – ABI Insurance
  • EC$150 – D. Gisele Isaac
  • Books – Sugar (author: Bernice McFadden) & Selected Poems (author: Lorna Goodison) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

Second Placed:

Cocos Nucifera
by S A Dixon

Prize Package –

  • EC$100 – D. Gisele Isaac
  • Valise – Benetton
  • Books – Sugar (author: Bernice McFadden) & Selected Poems (author: Lorna Goodison) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

Third Placed:

Market Day
by Latisha Walker-Jacobs

Prize Package –

  • EC$100 (and miscellaneous gifts) – ABI Insurance
  • Vegetable Stand (framed art piece) – Jennifer Meranto
  • Books – Sugar (author: Bernice McFadden) & Selected Poems (author: Lorna Goodison) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

OVERALL WINNERS

First Placed:

Sands and Butterflies by Devra Thomas

Prize Package –

  • Trophy – ABI Insurance
  • EC$500 – International Women’s Club of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Books –
  • The Caribbean Writer 2010 Edition & The Boy from Willow Bend – Joanne C. Hillhouse (author)
  • Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses & Through the Window – Floree Williams (author)

Second Placed (tie):

The Lost Coin
by Orique Gordon

Prize Package –

  • EC$175 – Frank B. Armstrong/Seven Seas
  • A children’s music CD – Joanne C. Hillhouse
  • Books – Captain’s Courageous (author: Rudyard Kipling – audio book)

Second Placed (tie):

The Curse of the Kumina
by Shakeema Edwards

Prize Package –

  • EC$175 – Frank B. Armstrong/Seven Seas
  • Book – Anna in-Between (author: Elizabeth Nunez) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

Third Placed:

The Legend of Banana Boy by Chatrisse Beazer

Prize Package –

  • EC$150 – Frank B. Armstrong/Seven Seas
  • Book – Anna in-Between (author: Elizabeth Nunez) – Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival

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Who Won in 2010?

The Wadadli Pen prize returned in 2010 as part of a series of Black History Month activities (with the theme ‘Black and Beautiful’). For the first time, it also included an art component and a breakdown of winners by additional age categories; also the age limit was pushed from 18 to 35. Additionally, whereas the literary competition had previously accepted entries only in the fiction writing category, it opened up to other genres in 2010.

*In adddition to the prizes listed, several winners received a Ladybird bag from the Best of Books, and all winning artists had their pieces displayed both at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda (during the Black History Month visual arts exhibition) and at the Art Loft where they also attracted buyer interest.

Literary Arts Winners:

Best Writer in the 12 and under age category:

Terrikia Benjamin – 12 – AGHS – Title: Happy to be Black

Prize Package:

  • EC $50 (gift certificate) – Cedric Holder for the Cushion Club
  • EC $100 from D. Gisele Isaac

Best Writer in the 13 to 17 age category:

Shakeema Edwards – 16 – AGHS – Title: Skin Deep

Prize Package:

  • Books – a copy of Ladies of the Night by Althea Prince (courtesy Althea Prince); and, courtesy Best of Books, The Festival of San Joaquin by Zee Edgell and Marlon James’ John Crow’s Devil
  • EC $200 from D. Gisele Isaac

Best Writer in the 18 to 35 age category:

Hilesha S. Humphreys – Black and Beautiful

Prize Package:

  • Book – a copy of Being Black – Althea Prince
  • EC $200 from D. Gisele Isaac
  • EC $100 gift certificate – The Best of Books

*No overall winner was selected and as such no name was added to the challenge trophy sponsored by the Best of Books.

Visual Arts Winners:

Best Artist in the 12 and under age category:

Déjà Phillip – 11 – Foundation Mixed School

Prize Package:

  • Gift certificate for two hour art tutorial with Jane Seagull and a copy of the Debbie Eckert print ‘Fatawi’s Birthday Balloon’ – courtesy these artists and the Art Loft
  • EC $100 gift certificate – The Best of Books
  • EC $100 from Raeburn Generator Services

Best Artist in the 13 to 17 age category:

Ashley Clendenen's winning entry quickly attracted buyer interest when on show at the Art Loft

Ashley Clendenen – 17 – Antigua State College – Title: Pride

Prize Package:

  • Gift certificate for art tutorial and a print of ‘Daria’s Friend’ both from Debbie Eckert of the Art Loft
  • EC $200 from Raeburn Generator Services

Best artist in the 18 to 35 age category:

Akeem Barry – 18 – Antigua State College

Prize Package:

  • EC $100 gift certificate – Stephen B. Shoul’s
  • EC $200 from Raeburn Generator Services

Overall winner in the visual arts category:

Shem Alexander – 17 – ASC

Prize Package:

  • EC $250 gift certificate – Harper’s
  • EC $500 cheque – Daily Observer
  • Gift from Jeweler’s Warehouse   (value US$135)

    Shem Alexander collects his gifts from Museum director Michelle Henry.

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Who won in 2005?

2005 Wadadli Pen winners (front from left K. Charles, C. Beazer, S. Li, V. Benta; back R. Adams and S. Martin) flanked by Youth Minister Winston Williams and Wadadli Pen chief judge, D. Gisele Isaac.

*In addition to prizes mentioned, all winners receive a certificate from the YE WYPP team.

Also, special prize to the school with the most submissions – Buckley’s Primary – 20 books donated by Macmillan Publishers. This included copies of Backfire and Act of God (various authors); Baba and Mr. Big, Full Circle: The Rami Johnson Story, A Cow called Boy, and Big Doc Bitterroot (C. Everard Palmer); The Legend of St. Ann’s Flood (Debbie Jacob); Caribbean Folk Tales and Fantasies (Michael Anthony); The Annihilation of Fish and Other Stories (Anthony Winkler); and The Boy from Willow Bend (Joanne C. Hillhouse)

Honourable Mention – Under-12 Category:

 Chatrisse Beazer, 10, Irene B. Williams School student for her story A Scary Night.

Prize Package:

  • Big Banana gift certificate
  • Best of Books gift certificate [valued at EC$40]
  • EC$100 cash – YE WYPP [thanks to American Women’s Club & Daily Observer contributions]
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘The Boy from Willow Bend’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) courtesy Macmillan
  •  Teddy Bear – HERO

Honourable Mention – General:

 Debesha S. A. Grant, 18, for her story Blue Mountain Hike.

Prize Package:

  • Images.Cam photo package
  • Motion in Poetry book/CD combo – Motion/Women’s Press
  • EC$100 cash – YE WYPP [thanks to American Women’s Club & Daily Observer contributions]
  •  YE WYPP certificate for ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) & ‘Brother Man’ (Roger Mais) courtesy Macmillan

Kennella Charles, 16, Ottos Comprehensive student, for her story Awaken to the Night.

Prize Package:

  • Images.Cam photo package
  • The Source gift certificate [valued at EC$125]
  • EC$100 cash – YE WYPP [thanks to American Women’s Club & Daily Observer contributions]
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) & ‘There’s No Place Like’ (Tessa McWatt) courtesy Macmillan

Verdanci Benta, 12, Antigua Girls High School student, for her story Boysie’s Fixed Account.

Prize Package:

  • Woods Pharmacy Gift Certificate [valued at EC$100]
  •  Best of Books Gift Certificate [ valued at EC$40]
  • EC$100 cash – YE WYPP [thanks to American Women’s Club & Daily Observer contributions]
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘The Hummingbird Tree’ (Ian McDonald) & ‘Butler, Til the Final Bell’ (Michael Anthony) courtesy Macmillan

BEST UNDER 12 WRITER

Best Under-12 Writer:

Sarah Ann Li, 11, St. Andrew’s School student, for her story Lucky Dollar.

Prize Package:

  • Happy Kids Gift Certificate [valued at EC$150]
  • Caribbean Helicopters [US$80 voucher for tour]
  • Red portfolio, mini-portfolio & paints – Harper’s
  • EC$150 cash – YE WYPP [thanks to American Women’s Club & Daily Observer contributions]
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘The Boy from Willow Bend’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) & ‘Going Home and Other Tales from Guyana’ (Deryck Bernard) courtesy Macmillan
  • Teddy Bear – HERO

TOP THREE WRITERS

Third Place:

Liscia Lawrence, 17, Clare Hall Secondary School student, for her story Misinterpreted.

Prize Package:

  • EC$350 Food voucher – Anjo Wholesale
  • Jolly Beach day pass for two
  • EC$100 Kool Net gift certificate
  • Benetton bag
  • EC$50 Best of Books gift certificate [courtesy Cedric Holder and the Cushion Club]
  • ‘Motion in Poetry’ – Motion/Women’s Press
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) & ‘Brother Man’ (Roger Mais) courtesy Macmillan

Second Place:

Rilys Adams, 15, Antigua Girls High School student, for her story Fictional Reality.

Prize Package:

  • Two LIAT tickets
  • Citizen watch and bracelet [from Colombian Emeralds]
  • Best of Books Gift Certificate [valued at $60]
  • EC$100 Kool Net gift certificate
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) & ‘Ginger Lily’ (Margaret Knight) courtesy Macmillan

Winner:

Sandrena Martin, 16, Antigua State College student, for her story The Torturer.

Prize Package:

  • Personal Internet Communicator [MAX]– Cable and Wireless

    Me, Joanne C. Hillhouse, collecting the Cable and Wireless contribution from Corporate Communications Manager Paula Lee.

  • BWIA ticket to any Caribbean destination
  • Cross Pen – Stephen B. Shoul [est. value EC$120]
  •  ‘Bein’ Black’– Althea Prince/ Insomniac Press/ Canadian Scholars’ Press
  • EC$100 Kool Net gift certificate
  • YE WYPP certificate for ‘Dancing Nude in the Moonlight’ (Joanne C. Hillhouse) & ‘Such as I have’ (Garfield Ellis) courtesy Macmillan
  • Teddy Bear – HERO

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Who won in 2004?

Prize donors, Culture and Education officials with some of the 2004 winners (standing from left S. Hunte, L. Lawrence, G. George, L. Nicholson's mom, D. Tabor)

*In addition to prizes mentioned, all winners received a certificate from the YE WYPP team.

Honourable Mention – General:

Liscia Lawrence, 16, Clare Hall Secondary School, for her story The Day I Saw Evil.

Prize Package:

  • CD (Alicia Keys) – King Progress

Sienna K. Margrie Hunt, 13, CKHS, for her story Nuclear Family Explosion.

Prize Package:

  • $75 gift certificate – Exotic Antigua

Damani Tabor, 18, Hatton, for his story Irate Beggar.

Prize Package:

  • CD (Mario Winans) and poetry book – King Progress

Best Under-12 Writer:

Verdanci Benta, 11, Golden Grove Primary, for her story Shirley’s New Roommate.

Prize Package:

  •  Three book gift set – S E James (author of Tragedy on Emerald Island, A Narrow Escape, Kidnapped at the Beach)
  • $50 voucher – Bailey’s Jewellery
  • Movie ticket – Deluxe
  • Gift certificate – Cushion Club

TOP THREE WRITERS

Third Place:

Verdanci Benta, 11, Golden Grove Primary, for her story Shirley’s New Roommate.

Prize Package:

  • EC $150 – Anicol
  • Three months free Internet – Cable & Wireless
  • Under the Calabash Tree – Leon ‘Chaku’ Symester (author)
  • Pendant – Antigua Jewellers
  • Two movie tickets – Deluxe
  • EC $100 – D. Gisele Isaac

Second Place:

Lia Nicholson, 15, Putney School, VT, USA – formerly of Sunnyside Tutorial, for her story Tekin’ ahn Dey.

Prize Package:

  •  Two Caribbean Star tickets
  • Three months free Internet – Cable and Wireless
  • $300 gift certificate – Benetton
  • Three book gift package – The Map Shop
  • Pen – Howell Jewellers
  •  Under the Calabash Tree (book) – King Progress
  •  Two movie tickets – Deluxe

Winner:

Gemma George, 18, Antigua State College student, for her story Stray Dog Prepares for the Storm.

Prize Package:

Gemma with Comnett owner Gerard Shoul collecting her prize.

  • Computer, printer, and other accessories – Comnett
  •  Two tickets to Costa Rica – BWIA
  • Engraved pen – Antigua Jewellers
  •  Three months free internet – Cable and Wireless
  • 1 Movie ticket – Deluxe
  •  Under the Calabash Tree – Leon ‘Chaku’ Symester (author)
  • $100 gift certificate – The Best of Books
  • Dancing Nude in the Moonlight – Joanne C. Hillhouse (author)

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Who won in 2006?

2006 winners - front from left V. Benta and R. Richards; back from left A. O'Donoghue, R. Adams, B. Rose

*In addition to prizes mentioned, all winners receive a certificate from the YE WYPP team and t-shirts with the competition logo  from Sharon Embroidery. Also, as of this year, Best of Books undertook to purchase a Challenge Trophy and each year engrave unto it the name of the winner (retroactive to the first year).

Under-12 Honourable Mention:

Chatrisse Beazer, 11, Irene B. Williams School; story ‘The Rescue’.

Prize Package:

  • EC$120 – from monies contributed (2005) by Daily Observer
  • Gift (School bag and mini-radio) – OK Johnny

Honourable Mention – General:

Kemal Osmel Nicholson, 17, Antigua State College (formerly St. Joseph’s Academy); ‘Ma Belle’from his ‘Bayside Tales’.

Prize Package:

  • EC $120 – from monies raised during Word Up! fundraiser
  • Book – Going Home and other Tales from Guyana (Deryck M. Bernard) – Macmillan Caribbean
  • EC $50 gift certificate – Subway

Verdanci Benta, 13, Antigua Girls High School; ‘The Village Obeah Woman’.

Prize Package:

  • EC $125 – from monies contributed by D. Gisele Isaac
  • Book – The Annihilation of Fish and Other Stories (Anthony Winkler) – Macmillan Caribbean
  • EC $75 Gift certificate for school supplies – Sight Sound and Time

 

Blair A. Rose, 13, Antigua Girls High School; ‘The Day I became a Man’.

Prize Package:

  • EC $120 – from monies contributed (2005) by Daily Observer
  • Book – Such as I have (Garfield Ellis) – Macmillan Caribbean
  • Gift certificate – The Source

Third Placed Writer:

Rosalie Amelia Richards, 12, Christ the King High School; ‘The Creation’.

Prize Package:

  • EC $150 – from monies contributed by Dawn Gibson
  • EC $200 account certificate – Community First
  • Kid’s Fragrance – Flo’s Perfume+
  • Watch set – Colombian Emeralds
  • Book – Ginger Lily (Margaret Knight) – Macmillan Caribbean
  • HERO – Teddy Bear
  • Gift certificate – The Cushion Club
  • Free copies of Young Explorer with winning story for entire class – Young Explorer

Second Placed Writer:

Rilys Adams, 16, Antigua Girls High School; ‘Unheard’.

Prize Package:

  • Barbuda Tour x 2 – Barbuda Express & Nedd Tours
  • EC $200 – from monies contributed by Dawn Gibson
  • Discman  – Hitachi Centre
  • Mini-computer speakers – Electronic World
  • EC $300 gift voucher – King Progress Music Shop
  • CD – ‘Ab-soul-uuutely Dotsie’ – Dotsie Isaac Gellizeau
  • Journal – Spirit of Nature
  • Book – There’s No Place Like (Tessa McWatt) – Macmillan Caribbean
  • Gift (Teen Fragrance) – Flo’s Perfume+
  • Book – Becoming the Professional You – Guidance and Learning Centre

Winner:

Ayoka [Angelica] O’Donoghue, 17, Antigua State College (formerly Princess Margaret School); ‘Road Trip to Paradise’.

Prize Package:

  • Name engraved on challenge plaque – Best of Books/Made in Antigua
  • EC $600 travel voucher – BWIA
  • EC $500 – Caribbean Union Bank
  • Computer Course valued at EC $300 – Computer Reset
  • Printer – Illuminat & printer dustcover
  • Six months free Internet time – Cable and Wireless
  • Pen Set (valued at over EC $200) – Stephen B. Shoul
  • Watch set – Colombian Emeralds
  • Computer desk and chair – Courts
  • Books – Butler, till the final bell (Michael Anthony) + The Hummingbird Tree (Ian McDonald) – Macmillan Caribbean

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