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A & B Arts Round up – February 8th 2019 —>

July 6th 2019 – 6 p.m. – The Royal Society of Literature – New Daughters of Africa – part of the Africa Writes Festival @ the Knowledge Centre, the British Library, London – this is obviously not being held in Antigua (and though I’m unlikely to be there, I wanted to let my Caribbean and especially my Antiguan people know about this, one of the events being held to promote the New Daughters of Africa). “Twenty-five years after Margaret Busby’s Daughters of Africa anthology, a new companion volume brings together the work of over 200 writers from across the globe – Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA – to celebrate a unifying heritage, illustrate an uplifting sense of sisterhood and showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora.” Details here.

April 30th 2019 – A feature of Antigua Sailing Week is Reggae in the Park at the Nelson’s Dockyard, an official UNESCO heritage site. Go here for details.

March 31st 201951558809_2021898281220325_2135068856052350976_n – last year this empowering afternoon had everyone from Destra to CP and even one of the authors up for book of the year Janice Sutherland.

March 31st 2019 – Wadadli Pen Readers Choice Book of the Year voting deadline. If there’s a book, released between 2017 and 2018, by an Antiguan and Barbudan that you read and liked. Vote. If you haven’t read any of the books on the list; there’s still time. Here’s where you go to see the books and vote.

#readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda

March 9th 2019NEW_DAUGHTERS_HIGH-RES-670x1024the public launch event of New Daughters of Africa at the WOW – Women of the World Festival on London’s Southbank. This is not being held in Antigua (and though I’m unlikely to be there, I wanted to let my Caribbean and especially my Antiguan people know about this, one of the events being held to promote the New Daughters of Africa). “Twenty-five years after Margaret Busby’s Daughters of Africa anthology, a new companion volume brings together the work of over 200 writers from across the globe – Antigua to Zimbabwe, Angola to the USA – to celebrate a unifying heritage, illustrate an uplifting sense of sisterhood and showcase the remarkable range of creativity from the African diaspora.” More here.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Wadadli Pen founder, coordinator, and blogger Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and With Grace). All Rights Reserved.

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Fu Arwe Ting: A Night of Creative Arts

file.jpgFu Arwe Ting is/was a new lit/arts event for Independence 2018 – a positive addition in my view. The ladies behind it – in collaboration with the Festival Commission are Linisa George and her Black Exhibit Project and Angelica O’Donoghue who you might remember as the winner of the 2006 Wadadli Pen Challenge (when she was 16!…well she’s grown now, a near 30 year old mommy of two with her own book in the works…as I told her backstage tonight, way to make me feel old…also delighted that she’s grown in to one of the sparks of Antigua-Barbuda lit arts). Delighted to be a part of the event and even more delighted to sit in the audience and enjoy.

My personal favourites –

Joy Lawrence’s reading from her book Barbuda and Betty’s Hope: the Codrington Connection, specifically the first person accounts of two survivors of a boating disaster between Antigua and Barbuda back in 2003. The vivid accounts were riveting and I had an emotional moment when one of the testimonials described the 17 year old boy seeing his mother jumping around on the shore as he was being pulled from the sea after fighting the water overnight for his life.

Honey Bee Theatre – all their performances but especially their first number which was about the contradictions and burdens of being a girl in a world that places so many labels and limitations …so many labels and limitations…labels and limitations that both boys and girls are confined within; the piece was both well written – rife with irony and humor – and well executed – with exuberance and maturity. It’s fair to say that gender issues were an unofficial theme as – from Shiva School of Dance’s opening number to Angelica’s entreaty that you are not your father to young boys and Marseille Jardine’s reflection on dem little girls – this wasn’t the only performance tackling it.

Other things I enjoyed – Jervon Tittle’s second poem especially was inspirational. “Start where you are/use what you have/do what you can”. How’s that for a kick in the ass?
Annia Matthew’s vocal performance had backstage (where I was during her performance) bouncing and, though I disagreed with how she summed up Caribbean literature (as I’ve found on my reading journey much more diversity of genres, topics, and styles than is credited), I am interested in reading Kimolisa Mings’ Into the Black Widow’s Web after the excerpt she shared – the detective character sounds about as hard-bitten and cynical as we’ve come to expect of the detective mystery sub-genre and the humor seems just dry enough to be salty.  Olsfred James’ take on writers’ block rang true. Zahra Airall’s end piece about black magic is worth thinking about – and, as ever, powerfully presented; though I did think to have people dancing out of the theatre the producers might have flipped it in the presentation order with the previous number – a rousing calypso-ish medley by Police Kings Bartimus and Singing Sudden. I say calypso-ish because it was those national songs we grew up being drilled in come Independence time when in school – Antigua Land to God Bless Antigua – set to a an uptempo and infectious calypso riddim. They’re much more fun that way.

The programme was rounded out with performances by Jojo Intsiful, Kadeem Joseph, and yours truly. I read from Musical Youth and also shared my poem Ode to the Pan Man.


Thanks to the organizers for the invite. And in light of conversations and criticisms last year, it’s nice to see such a prominent role for local literary arts in the Independence programme; continued growth.

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