Daily Archives: 06/11/2011

Guyanese writer Wilson Harris has been knighted

Guyanese writer Wilson Harris has been knighted 

Wilson Harris

United Kingdom-based Guyanese writer Wilson Harris has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth, the honour coinciding with Her Majesty’s birthday celebrations this year.

A writer of fiction and non-fiction essays, Theodore Wilson Harris featured on Queen Elizabeth’s 2010 birthday honours list for his contribution to literature and he joins several other Guyanese who have been similarly honoured.

Harris was last April hailed as a “quiet revolutionary” in a “quiet revolution” when he was featured at the 28th Conference of West Indian Literature held in Guyana. At the forum, at which another writer, Guyanese Edgar Mittelholzer was honoured, Professor Mark McWatt of the University of the West Indies stated that,’ “Part of the quietly revolutionary art of Wilson Harris’ writings is his ability to read in the landscape and to reproduce in his fiction, the human emotions of fear and dread.”

Professor McWatt noted that Harris has said that much of literature that deals with landscape is a one-sided discourse and posited that this is not the case in the eminent writer’s work.                                         Continue reading

A Tribute To Bartica By Nelta Wyatt

A Tribute To Bartica By Nelta Wyatt

Nelta Wyatt one of Guyana finest Jazz, Blues and Pop vocalist and daughter of Bartica performs her song written in collaboration with Kenton Wyatt.

This song is dedicated to the people of the rainforest and all the people of Bartica who laboriously work to preserve there natural habitat, love and unity as a people.

Music arranged and produced by Music Teacher and Artist Mr Kenton Wyatt

Lighthouse – Georgetown Guyana

Video of a walkaround on the top of the lighthouse in Georgetown, Guyana

Lighthouse – Georgetown Guyana

The Georgetown Lighthouse was first built by the Dutch in 1817 and then rebuilt in 1830 to help guide ships into the Demerara River from the Atlantic Ocean. The 31 m (103 feet) high octagonal structure is a famous Georgetown, Guyana landmark with its distinct vertical red and white stripes. The Lighthouse, located on Water Street, is a National Monument.[3]

The brick structure was commissioned on 1 June 1830, when it replaced a wooden lighthouse that had been built on the same site by the Dutch. British engineers constructed the present lighthouse, reinforcing the building by placing it on a foundation of 49 greenheart piles, making it durable nearly 200 years later.

A floating light was placed at the Demerara bar in March 1838 and a system of signalling to the lighthouse was established. On 27 February 1838 a Committee of Pilotage was formed and entrusted with the signalling. Before establishment of the System of Signalling, a beacon had been erected on the East Coast Demerara and vessels entering had to contribute to the cost of constructing the beacon.

About a half mile east of Fort Groyne there was a block house which was used as a signal station for vessels arriving, and for signalling to Berbice. The coastal signalling was done by semaphore stations.

A steel balcony at the top of the Lighthouse offers a panoramic view of Georgetown and West Coast Demerara.

 This is one of the views of Georgetown – Kingston – from the Lighthouse
Other links
  • Aerial view of Georgetown-  (check out streets and buildings)
  • Photos of the Lighthouse