Category Archives: Guyanese Authors

GUYANA: History:132 Carmichael Street – By Stanley Greaves

To celebrate my 88th birthday on the 23rd November 2022. I felt it would be good to share this history of the tenement yard, a cooperative environment that contributed much to my formative and subsequent years.

132 Carmichael Street was the location of a tenement yard on the eastern side of the street one lot away from Church Street on the south. I was born in the Georgetown Public Hospital to the sound of the six o’clock cannon in Kingston. A royal welcome but the only throne I ever occupied was a humble object found in working class homes that was given that honorific title. The cannon located in the Kingston Ward took the place of an alarm clock for the working class, signifying that it was time to “drink tea” ( bush tea with bread or Wieting and Richter “edger boy” biscuits, origin of the name is unknown) as breakfast was referred to and be off to work.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Authors: Chapter and Verse: Edgar Mittelholzer – Moray House

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You are warmly invited to view the third in an occasional series of readings and recitals in which we introduce you to Guyanese writing and poetry that you may not know or reacquaint you with favourite authors and poets.

Tomorrow (Friday 16th December) is the writer Edgar MittelholzePreview Changes (opens in a new tab)r’s birthday. He was born in New Amsterdam in 1909 and died in 1965. He began to write at the age of about 20 and self-published his first book in 1937. He moved to Trinidad in 1941 and the UK in 1948. From 1951 to 1965 he published 21 novels, an autobiography and a travelogue.

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GUYANA: Short Stories: Scouting: Red Water Creek – Atkinson Field – By Geoff Burrowes

By Geoff Burrowes

I’ve dredged up from the recesses of memory a story of my first camping trip that I hope you’ll find interesting:

Red Water Creek – Atkinson Field. Guyana

I woke up excited. This was the day! I was a member of Scout Troop 39 but had never been camping. Today that was going to change forever!

Once a year the Scout Association in British Guiana held a rally to which all Scouts were invited. It took the form of a large camp, with space reserved for every troop’s tent and cooking fire and latrine, as well as a meeting place in a central location for all the Scouts. This year it was being held at Redwater Creek a creek in the bush, about 35 miles South of Georgetown, our city and the capital of our country, BG which was abbreviated from British Guiana. For those who don’t know BG was a British colony on the North shoulder of South America, and still today, the only English speaking nation in South America.                Continue reading

GUYANA: Poetry Recital: Martin Carter’s Poems – “Jail Me Quickly” – June 7. 2022 @11.00 AM Guyana

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You are warmly invited to our annual commemoration of the birth of
Martin Carter. This year we will feature a short sequence of poems
published in New World Magazine in 1964, entitled Jail Me Quickly.

The sequence is as follows:
Black Friday1962 (‘were some who ran one way…’)
After One Year (‘So jail me quickly, clang the illiterate door…’)
What Can a Man Do More (‘How utter truth when falsehood is the truth?’)
Where are Free Men? (‘O we have endured such absurd times’)
Childhood of a Voice (‘Imagine it, the childhood of a voice…’)

The recital has been pre-recorded and lasts half an hour. It will air on YouTube at the time stated and be available to view at any point after that.
Dr Gemma Robinson provides an introduction to the collection and insights into each individual poem.
Readers are Konyo Addo, Jasper Adams, Stephanie Bowry, Stanley Greaves and Lloyd Marshall.

Moray House Trust has spent a decade working to promote Guyanese culture and public discourse. We believe that a culture thrives and
develops where ideas circulate and are robustly debated and interrogated.

Event:         Poetry Recital
Title:            Jail Me Quickly
Date:           Tuesday 7th June 2022
Time:          11.00 AM Guyana
YouTube:    https://youtu.be/T7GjxmpWaDk

Regards,
Moray House Trust

GUYANA Cultural Association of New York -GCA-: Awards 2022: Requests for Nominations by June 30, 2022

BOOK: GUYANA: Scaling New Heights: 2022 Pakaraima Writers Anthology

Scaling New Heights: 2022 Pakaraima Writers Anthology

Hardcover – April 20 2022 – by Ken Puddicombe  (Author)

In this, their first collection, Pakaraima Writers have produced a vast array of poems and short pieces, by poets, short story writers and novelists, some already published in prior journals, some relatively new, all engaging enough to hold the reader spellbound.

There are pieces that remind us of our Guyanese Heritage from poets in poems like Trails of Treasures by Janet NaiduGuyana’s Seawall by James Richmond, The Petal Shivers by Ian McDonald, and the folksy Faaty-Leven by Petamber Persaud, Hard Ears Pickney by Shabeena Ramjohn, along with Granny Gone by Ray Williams and I Am Who I Am by Ken Puddicombe.          Continue reading

BOOK: GUYANA: Bush Flying: A Pilot’s Nightmare – By Dave Rohee

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THIS IS A TRUE AVIATION CHRONICLE AND ALMOST AN AIRCRAFT TRAGEDY, BARELY AVOIDED THROUGH A SERIES OF CHALLENGES TRIGGERED BY BAD WEATHER.
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The story is written by the pilot who survived this ordeal and lived to tell the tale. The location is the heavily forested Western region of Guyana, (originally British Guiana), and based on the gold mining that was such an essential part of life in the early 1950s and ’60s.    Continue reading

GUYANA: Short Stories: Words – By Geoff Burrowes

Words – Geoff Burrowes

I love words! Words can weave magic, as in the case of geniuses like William Shakespeare or Winston Churchill, Ian Macdonald or Godfrey Chin but also, terribly, words in the hands of monsters like Hitler or Stalin can cause untold horror and destruction!

I remember, when I was young reading “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, which was fascinating and later reading two books by the same author which were borderline fantasy. I can’t remember the names of either book but I remember the writing which was magical! It was like a puff of smoke which quickly dissipated in the breeze but the memory of which stayed with the reader. I’m sorry I can’t explain it better than that! True artistry!      Continue reading

BOOK: Beyond Bourda Green: a memoir – by Percy Haynes (Author)

Beyond Bourda Green Memoir

Beyond Bourda Green: a memoir – Kindle Edition

Born in a tenement yard in the British colony of Guiana (now Guyana) on the shoulder of South America, Percy Haynes, in Beyond Bourda Green, writes about the changes in his homeland and people during the transition to an independent nation. His multi-faceted career as Journalist, Communications Expert, University Lecturer and Foreign Service Officer enables him to tell a fascinating story about his childhood memories, his experiences in finding his place in the world and the birth pangs of the new nation.          Continue reading

BOOK: The MOVE: The Diary of a 12-year-old Girl from Brooklyn – ZOOM at 4:30 pm EST – Saturday, May 7th 2022.

The MOVE: The Diary of a 12-year-old Girl from Brooklyn

Published by KOMAKA TREE BOOKS). 82 pages

Purchase from: Amazon Paperback – Look Inside:  << Click

Lynette deals with big life changing events such as death, divorce, and changes itself! A lot of times adults believe they are shielding these difficulties from youth and children!. However, they see and hear these issues! A great lesson that we can learn from Lynette is that service helps to build up a network of support systems and can heal us. Focusing on and caring for others heals our inner troubles……Fern Havea

Conversations With the Author:

Let’s celebrate the accomplishment of a rising literary star — Ms. Lael Wills our 12-year-old author. Join us on ZOOM at 4:30 pm EST – Saturday, May 7th 2022. Bring children and families!

ZOOM LINK: https://mcmaster.zoom.us/j/92805573797

This event is hosted by Dr. Pauline Baird (of Wah Dih Story Seh and Komaka Tree Books and BOOK IT: A Literary Event).

Thanks for joining.

Pauline Baird (Ph.D.) 

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