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GUYANA: Balram Singh Rai (1921-2022): The source of his politics – By Clem Seecharan

This is abridged from my introductory essay to a biography of Rai by Baytoram Ramharack, Against the Grain: Balram Singh Rai and the Politics of British Guiana (Trinidad: Chakra, 2005).

Editor’s Note: In the last two weeks, we have lost several Guyanese who have made significant contributions to political, economic and cultural life. This week’s column pays homage to one of them, and is dedicated also to the memory of Ron Bobb-Semple and Yesu Persaud.

Balram Singh Rai

Balram Singh Rai (1921-2022), a minister in Cheddi Jagan’s government from 1959 until he was expelled from the PPP in June 1962, died in Oxford, England earlier this month. He migrated to England in 1970, and had taken no perceptible part in Guyanese politics since his Justice Party was comprehensively defeated in the first general elections under PR, in December 1964. It is arguable that he was demoralised by the scale of his defeat, and that he became something of a recluse thereafter. He was a tremendous loss to  Guyana’s political culture. I will attempt a survey of what inspired his brief political career, his philosophical promptings.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Moray House Trust: Virtual Event- “Chapter & Verse: One” – January 20, 2022

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Title:          Chapter & Verse: One
Readers:    Konyo Addo, Michella Alli, Jennifer Branche, Francis Quamina Farrier, Keon Heywood and others.

Date:         Thursday 20th January 2022

Time:         5PM Guyana, 4PM New York, 9PM London

Guyanese poet – Grace Nichols – awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2021

Guyanese poet awarded Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry

Grace Nichols

Buckingham Palace said: “The Poetry Medal Committee unanimously recommended Grace Nichols as this year’s recipient on the basis of her body of work, in particular her first collection of poetry I Is a Long-Memoried Woman (1983), prose and several books for younger readers.”

Poetry Medal Committee, chaired by the poet laureate, Simon Armitage.

“Over the past four decades, Grace has been an original, pioneering voice in the British poetry scene,” said Armitage. “Her poems are alive with characters from the folklore and fables of her Caribbean homeland, and echo with the rhymes and rhythms of her family and ancestors … They are also passionate and sensuous at times, being daring in their choice of subject and openhearted in their outlook.”            Continue reading

Guyana: Martin Carter – In His Own Words – Moray House ZOOM Event – 11th December 2021

You are warmly invited to join us for the final event in our 2021 programme.
MARTIN IN HIS OWN WORDS SAT 11TH DEC 5PM: ZOOM

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Title:          Martin in His Own Words: Poetry and Prose
Readers:    Konyo Addo, Michelle Saywack, Stanley Greaves, Sonia Dolphin, Jennifer Branche and others.

Date:          Saturday 11th December 2021

Time:         5PM Guyana, 4PM New York, 9PM London
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Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero – on birth of Republic – November 30, 2021

Singer Rihanna attends the Presidential Ceremony, – Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS
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After ditching Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, Barbados on Monday declared its global superstar Rihanna a national hero.

After 55 years, Barbados has officially severed ties with Queen Elizabeth II — and one of its first actions as the world’s newest republic was to honor global superstar Rihanna with the title of “national hero,”.

During her illustrious career, the Post said the 33-year-old singer has racked up many titles — award-winning musician, billionaire makeup mogul, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur and fashion designer.              Continue reading

Guyana: Poems from Kyk-over-al – Third Recital – Moray House ZOOM Meeting – 27 November 2021

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You are warmly invited to attend the third recital of poems from Kyk-over-al.
Title:           Kyk Poems 1990s: Whistles and Dream-banks 
Readers:    Al Creighton, Stanley Greaves, Nicholas Laughlin, Jennifer Branche, Eliana Sampson and others.

Date:          Saturday 27th November 2021

Times:       5.00 PM Guyana  –  4.00 PM New York
                   9.00 PM London

Guyana Personalities in Personalities Caribbean 1970-1971 – 40 pages

GUYANA PERSONALITIES – 1970-1971

The list is from the 1971 Edition of PERSONALITIES Caribbean – 1970-1971

We have extracted the GUYANA section of this publication and inserted it on this Blog

This list was previously published on Guyanese Online on March 27, 2012

Here are the entries for the first five persons in this list – page 1:

ADAMS, Bertrand Oswald, Q.C., B.A. (Lond.), LL.B. (Lond.), B.C.L. (Oxon.), Barrister-at-Law. Born May 5, 1921, New Amsterdam, Berbice. Educated Queen’s College, Georgetown; St. Catherine’s Society, Oxford Univ.; Middle Temple, London, and external student, London Univ. Govt Junior Scholar (first place in Colony); twice placed at Guiana Scholarship; called to the Bar in England in April, 1947 and appointed Queen’s Counsel, June 1960. Acted Puisne Judge 1961 -1962; Chairman and Member Govt. Advisory C’ttees; Vice- Pres. Bar Association 1959, Pres. I960.Married; 2 sons and 1 daughter. Address: 215 South & King Streets, Georgetown, Guyana.        Continue reading

GUYANA PERSONALITIES – 1970-1971

GUYANA PERSONALITIES – 1970-1971

The list is taken from the 1971 Edition of PERSONALITIES Caribbean – 1970-1971

We have extracted the GUYANA section of this publication and inserted it on this Blog:

Click on the following link to view the names:

PersonalitiesCaribbeanFourthEdition19701971-Guyana

Here are the entries for the first five persons in this list – page 1:

ADAMS, Bertrand Oswald, Q.C., B.A. (Lond.), LL.B. (Lond.), B.C.L. (Oxon.), Barrister-at-Law. Born May 5, 1921, New Amsterdam, Berbice. Educated Queen’s College, Georgetown; St. Catherine’s Society, Oxford Univ.; Middle Temple, London, and external student, London Univ. Govt Junior Scholar (first place in Colony); twice placed at Guiana Scholarship; called to the Bar in England in April, 1947 and appointed Queen’s Counsel, June 1960. Acted Puisne Judge 1961 -1962; Chairman and Member Govt. Advisory C’ttees; Vice- Pres. Bar Association 1959, Pres. I960.Married; 2 sons and 1 daughter. Address: 215 South & King Streets, Georgetown, Guyana.   Continue reading

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