Team Wadadli Pen

Wadadli Pen has operated, since its founding in 2004, as a project. In 2016, founder Joanne C. Hillhouse brought a team together to share the work and move the project forward toward becoming a legal non-profit. In 2021, we are close to the finish line of that process. Thanks are owed to regular patron Juneth Webson who made a financial contribution to the process and Ann Henry who contributed her legal expertise and the time and resources of her office, Henry & Burnette. The core team will continue to work together, per the mandate of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. We are:


Me and artist impression early 2000s

Photo Ken Maguire/art Lyndell Benjamin.  Early 2000s.

Joanne C. Hillhouse is a writer from Ottos, Antigua and Barbuda. She conceived of, founded, and has over the years, with the help of various volunteers, coordinated the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize. At this writing, in 2021, she has seven published books of fiction: The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight (10th Anniversary Edition), Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, and The Jungle Outside; and works freelance/independently as a writer and editor, among other creative and professional activities. She has written for Essence, Publisher’s Weekly, Writer’s Digest, Huffington Post, among others; and has presented at festivals around the world

Floree during a 2015 presentation at All Saints Secondary School.

Floree Williams Whyte is a Communications and Advertising professional who also holds the title of  published author and publisher at Moondancer Books. Her publications include Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses, Through  the Window, and The Wonderful World of Yohan.

Barbara Arrindell, speaking at the 2013 Wadadli Pen awards ceremony at host venue The Best of Books where she is store manager.

Barbara Arrindell is the manager of the Best of Books bookstore. She is also a human resource training consultant, and writer and creative writing workshop facilitator. Her play ‘Dream…Faces…Reality’ is one of the most performed plays in Antigua and Barbuda, having been used in HIV/AIDS education. Her published books include Antigua My Antigua, The Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Stories, and Turtle Beach.

Best of Books owner E. M. Grimes-Graeme and Devra Thomas, 2011 winner, pose with the (old) Challenge plaque.

Devra Thomas is the 2011 winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize, and has volunteered with the programme since 2012.

Margaret Irish is pictured with one of the founding team members of Wadadli Pen, D. Gisele Isaac.

Margaret Irish won the Wadadli Pen Lead by Example Teachers’ Prize in 2014, and was the main prize winner in 2015 – a year in which it was a flash fiction prize open to all ages.