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Senior, History, Challenge

When I came across an article about the honorary doctorate presented by the University of the West Indies to Olive Senior (my alma mater and first fiction workshop leader, respectively),

Senior on social media

From Olive Senior’s social media.

I wanted share it. Just to big her up. But what she says gives me an even better reason.

‘Reasoning that cultivating curiosity — a writing tool — will enrich lives, making better citizens, workers, parents, future leaders and future influencers, Senior urged graduates to be more conscious in employing the tool to know more about themselves as Jamaicans, the country and its heritage.

…“Knowing about our country and ourselves is what enables us to feel rooted no matter how far we grow, for that is something that cannot be taken from us.”’

Apart from the obvious nod to one of the reasons we write, there is the specific reference to knowing and embracing your culture, not to the exclusion of others but as a way of understanding yourself when engaging with others. This naturally intersects with Wadadli Pen and especially with the 2018 Wadadli Pen Challenge. Wadadli Pen’s annual Challenge gives Antiguans and Barbudans the opportunity to write their world, and though we don’t normally do themed Challenges, this year’s is specific to historical fiction – not fiction necessarily set in a realistic point in our historical timeline (in fact we encourage writers to be experimental) but which, whatever the genre or sub-genre, engages with our history in some way. This was in part inspired by recent discussion about the waning interest in Caribbean history and our belief that we need to make Caribbean history cool again.

So, here’s the launch flyer Wadadli Pen 2018 Flyer

Here’s the link to the article on Olive Senior’s well-deserved honour

And here’s that history article

Looking forward to being wow’d by the submissions to this year’s Challenge

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.

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The Fantastic Five

As I write this, I’m working on a story about rehabilitative programmes in our local prison, colloquially referred to as 1735. I decided to pause and do this update because I’ve been sitting on this for too long and the women on lock down who participated in the six week writing/communications programme facilitated by Brenda Lee Browne deserve their props for using their time positively. I hope this programme is able to access the funding it needs to continue.

The first one, LIFE, is by Raquel Harris. Something about this line tugs at me, “You fall into pain and sometimes shame.”

And this one is so sensual and yet so much more than physical: MY BLACK MAN – WHO’S MY BLACK MAN? by Jay Marie Chin. We read more about him in SUMMER.

How’s this for addictive imagery “He’s as if there is dope all over him” from LOVE by Monette Walker. Also check out her internal landscape in ME.

MY STORY is the kind of non-fiction piece young people on the precipice should read for a reality check.

And how do you write so vividly of the sea and of love and peace when all three are so far away? Doreen Crawford does so quite stirringly in PEACE BY SEA.

MOTHER FOR SALE by Queisha Geger, meanwhile, made me think (a bit) of that old gospel staple, No Charge by Shirley Caesar. Raquel Harris also had to something to say about a mother’s love as well in TO MY MOTHER.

Kudos to Brenda Lee for this programme and for the quality of the work she was able to guide them into producing. It’s good stuff, though my favourite is probably Peace by Sea.

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