Guyana Speaks: Phenomenal Women: Adversity & Achievement – London UK.- 25th February 2018

Guyana Speaks: Phenomenal Women: Adversity & Achievement – London UK.- 25th February 2018     

The Guyana SPEAKS team look forward to welcoming you to the Classic on Sunday, 25th February for a stimulating afternoon with our distinguished speakers: Vanda Radzik (by Skype), Joyce Trotman and Margaret Andrews. Vanda will be talking about domestic violence and mental health issues and end with a reading from the great poet, Mahadai Das.  Joyce Trotman will be reflecting on her long and inspiring life both in Guyana and the UK, while Margaret Andrews will be helping us to celebrate the life of activist and publisher, Jessica Huntley.

The programme will also include drums and poetry.  The £5.00 tickets are available on the door or via eventbrite:

Please see below for further information on our speakers and their chosen areas of discussion.

Vanda Radzik, was born in Georgetown in 1954 and currently lives in lower East Bank Demerara. Her varied career falls within three main areas: Literature & the Arts; Women’s Rights, Human Rights & Civil Liberties; and the Environment/Indigenous Peoples. She served as Commissioner on the Women & Gender Equality Constitutional Rights Commission; set up and managed Red Thread Press, and is currently an independent Consultant on Social & Sustainable Development.   She is a recipient of the Guyana Woman of Distinction Award as well as Golden Arrow of Achievement.   She will be talking about the great poet, Mahadai Das, while also touching on mental health and domestic violence issues in Guyana.

Margaret Andrews worked in education for over 30 years: in secondary schools, further and higher education as a teacher, lecturer, director and senior research fellow. She has served on a number of governing bodies in further education, on boards of directors/trustees in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She is the author of Doing Nothing Is Not an Option: The Radical Lives of Jessica and Eric Huntley. Margaret’s presentation will illustrate how the eponymous Jessica Huntley was destined to be a ‘Revolutionary Black Woman’. It is the story of how an ordinary, self-educated Afro-Guyanese woman who came from humble beginnings, led an extraordinary life.

Joyce Trotman was born in Georgetown in 1927.  In 1955, after working as a primary school teacher, she travelled to England where he obtained a degree in Arts from London University and a Certificate in Education at the University of Durham.  On returning to Guyana in 1958 she was appointed a Senior Lecturer in English at the Government Training College and went on to become a Research Fellow for the University of Guyana.  In 1972 she moved to England where she taught at the Scott Lidgett Boys’ Comprehensive School and became Head of the Remedial Department.  She obtained a M. Litt (Linguistics) from the University of Lancaster and was called to the Bar in 1984 on completion of part-time studies in law.  Joyce is author of the Proverbs of Guyana Explained and will be sharing stories of her life.

On a final note, please feel free to circulate the attached flyer.

We thank you for your continued support!

Warm regards,

Juanita Cox Westmaas
(On behalf of Guyana Speaks)

DOWNLOAD Flyer: GSFlyer20180225 – Final

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