Category Archives: Guyana Diaspora

GUYANA: MARTIN CARTER– Carter’s Poetry of the “Negative Yes”

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This year we celebrate the birth of Martin Carter with a look at his poems against the backdrop of contemporary Guyanese and Caribbean writing. In 1981 the late Kamau Brathwaite published an essay in Caliban assessing the metaphysical (elements and stages) in the poetry of Martin Carter. The essay was reprinted 20 years later in Stewart Brown’s collection of essays about Martin,             

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BOOK: Big Ole Home By De Sea – By Neena Maiya

Slices of daily life in a sunny home by the sea. For good measure, the goings-on of the locals around the home are thrown in. The book is liberally sprinkled with madcap…at times, philosophical…conversations between mother and daughter, visitors, tradesmen. Food is plentiful. Tall tales add to the sauce. A ghost seeks help. Stones grow. A snake dances.

Around the home, the wind and the birds whistle. Sunbeams, filtered by trees, limbo across the lacquered wooden floor.

Some nights, danger lurks. Bandits. Gunshots in the wee hours of the morning. A thief sneaks into a neighbour’s home.

Despite the fears, mother and daughter create a haven.                

The mother is wise, kind to one and all. Yet she shoots words so sharp, she quells the petty thief and his foul-mouthed girlfriend into submission. The daughter wallows in self-deprecation. The two engage in power struggles over pepper-sauce, wild flowers, the killing of a fly and other such drama.

Through the keen observations of these two, and their interaction with others, the culture of the well-to-do and poor is revealed. Nature takes on a personality of its own, is discussed like beloved and some mad relatives.

The book, a collection of conversations, stories, quips and musings, highlights hope, grief, beauty and humour in a 3rd world setting. It is, in essence, an irrepressible celebration of home.

Available ebook formats: epub mobi lrf pdb html

AUTHOR: About Neena Maiya:

I was born in Guyana….  The Land of Many Waters, on the north-east tip of South America.

Y’all ain’t never see a place like where I come from. Trees walk. Jumbies (dead people spirit) walk day and night – though only a lucky few ever see them.
People tell stories more tall than coconut trees, in fact, they reach the moon before the USA ever land there.

Me? I only trying to record them long-tall tales and share them with the world.

Call me a story-teller addicted to people, music, books, craft, art, earth, sky, sea.

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GUYANA: NEW YORK: Queen’s College- Annual Night of Film – Sunday June 18. 2018

We are holding our annual Night of Film, where we try to promote Guyanese and Caribbean culture by screening short films whose filmmakers are of Caribbean heritage.

At the Jamaica Performing Arts Center

This year we are excited to be screening 5 Guyanese short films on Sunday June 18th at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens, NY and I am soliciting your assistance in getting the word out to your many viewers. Please see the details below and please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, John.

John Campbell

President, QCAANY


The Sixth QCAANY Night of Film is back – IN-PERSON – at the beautiful Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Join us as we screen a very special series of spectacular short films – by GUYANESE filmmakers. Reserve your spot now and be part of this excellent Father’s Day celebration. Included with your ticket – Opening Cocktail reception and closing panel discussion with some of the filmmakers – You don’t want to miss this event! (Limited tickets)

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With songs like ‘Boyhood Days’ and ‘Is We Own’ – Dave Martins told many stories through his unique style of music. Whether the message behind the music stemmed from a good old joke as in ‘Honeymooning Couple’ or from a serious state of affairs like in ‘Not A Blade of Grass’, Martins composed lyrical masterpieces.

In this News Room Insider, the musician shares how he constructed his hits. Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer (Fair Use) under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use

GUYANA: Short Story:- When I was in the Diamond business in Guyana – By Royden V Chan.

Stories of incidents I experienced and people I encountered during my life and when I was in the Diamond business in Guyana.

By Royden V Chan.

I will be 91 years old in August this year 2023 and throughout the years, from my childhood, my working in the diamond business and to my retirement, I have experienced interesting incidents, and came into contact with diverse people who impacted my life with both good and bad impressions.
I think that I should write about these people and the incidents I experienced before I pass on.

By Royden V Chan.             

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GUYANA: Unfinished Genesis: a discussion with Dennis de Caires and Stanley Greaves

UG flyer.pngYou are warmly invited to attend the next event in the Samaan Tree Series. This will take the form of a dialogue between artists Dennis de Caires and Stanley Greaves about the process of creating:
Title:                Unfinished genesis: the process of painting/making
Participants:   Dennis de Caires, Stanley Greaves
Moderator:      Isabelle de Caires
Date:                Tuesday 18th April 2023
Time:               11.00 AM Guyana [4.00 PM UK]
Platform:         Zoom [please register in advance: details below]

Guyana SPEAKS – Town Hall Meeting with Rosalinda Rasul – 11 Apr 2023 17:00 – 20:00 BST

Rosalind Rasul, head of the Diaspora and Remigration Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, will be in the UK next week.
To receive an update on the Diaspora unit’s activities, please join us at Draper Hall, Hampton Street, London SE17 3AN on Tuesday, 11th April 2023 at 17:00 by registering via the link below:
Please see the attached map for directions to Draper Hall from the Elephant and Castle Tube station.
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WORLD: ONE World Government INCOMING… !!! – By Neil McCoy-Ward – video

WORLD: ONE World Government INCOMING… !!! – By Neil McCoy-Ward – video

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USA: Losing their religion: why US churches are on the decline

As the US adjusts to an increasingly non-religious population, thousands of churches are closing each year – probably accelerated by Covid

Short Stories: Memories of Jamaica – Geoff Burrowes

Memories of Jamaica – by Geoff Burrowes

       When I was 16 years old I was selected to represent Guyana at Rugby in the first West Indies Rugby Cup which included Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. It was held in Kingston, Jamaica the Northernmost of the West Indian Islands, a country of rare beauty and diversity. As this was 1961 my memories may be timeworn and faulty. They were fresh at the time and I hope to recreate them here, on this page!

        We flew from Guyana in the brand new Vickers Viscount Turbojet. I was nuts about planes at the time and the sleek design of the aircraft with its slim Rolls Royce turbojets on the wings was exciting just to look at! When the captain fired up the engines, instead of a deep roar there was a sibilant whistling thrum and when we finally took off there was not the usual deep growl felt throughout the plane but instead the whistling of the turbojets.            Continue reading

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