Category Archives: Guyanese Books

Book Review: The Life and Works of Bill (Bhagee) Rogers and the Origin of Shanto Music in Guyana + Videos

The cover of the Bill Rogers autobiography
The cover of the Bill Rogers autobiography

Bill Rogers is still a household name here so many decades after he was active in show business, musical recordings and popular entertainment in Guyana, the Caribbean, the USA and the UK. This speaks very eloquently to the impact and immortality of his songs, which are still played on the public airwaves. They are still remembered and even mouthed by many, some of whom were not even born yet when Rogers was performing. He remains a legend in Guyanese culture.

Dave Martins’ “Not A Blade of Grass” is the Guyanese nation’s unofficial second national anthem. If we assert that Rogers’ “West Indian Weed Woman” or “The Weed Song” is not far behind in that category, it confirms that either of these songs is not only the work of a genius, but has earned its place in history and possesses the quality that make it stand out memorably above other popular songs that are characteristically ephemeral. ( See Music videos below)              Continue reading

Short Stories: Rex’s Waterloo! – By Geoff Burrowes

– By Geoff Burrowes

Her name had to be Chunkie. She was too scrawny to be anything else! She was grey with stripes of black running through her sparse fur. The other kittens in the litter were furry and their fur was glossy black or shiny white. They loved to be picked up and stroked and purred contentedly when they sat in someone’s arms.  Chunkie was not so obliging and was likely to claw and spit at whoever was trying to pick her up!

Eventually she was the only one of the litter that was not taken in by another family and so she became ours. Chunkie never put on weight and grew to be a lean unlovely animal with the same sour personality. Some tomcat must have found her attractive however as after she was grown she produced her own litter of kittens.    Continue reading

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.

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BOOK: My Guyana Jungle Adventures – By Lisbeth Cameron

This book is about my daily life in the Guyana bush during the early 1970’s. My husband worked for the Guyana Geological Surveys and Mines Department and at that time there were regular expeditions, made possible by the director Dr. Sobraham Singh, to the interior to map the geology and explore for minerals, and wives were allowed to accompany their husbands.

In my case I was joined by my cats and parrots. Most expeditions were by boat from Bartica to the Essequibo, Cuyuni and Mazaruni rivers. Each was fully equipped with everything that could be needed and food supplies could be supplemented by fishing and hunting. And there was pickled pork in big barrels.    Continue reading

HANSIB PUBLICATIONS – CATALOGUE • AUTUMN 2020

HANSIB: Celebrating Fifty Years of Publishing 1970 – 2020

At its inception in 1970, Hansib Publications was the dream of Arif Ali, a Guyanese immigrant, who had no formal experience in publishing. He had settled in England and recognised among his fellow travellers and contemporaries a grandiloquence and epic sensibility which the mainstream media either deliberately ignored or simply failed to recognise at the time.

The titles are mainly by Guyanese and West Indian writers.  They include titles under the following headings:          Continue reading

A Diasporan’s Nostalgia: Guyanese ‘school days’ Parlance – By: Lear Matthews

Pleasant memories at a time of emotional stress, tensions, uncertainty and containment as we try to weave the universal with the particular

 

When I went to primary school, ah had a ‘muff’. Meh sistuh had plaits wid a big ribbon bow. Meh bruduh used to wear banlon jersey and bell-bottom pants.

I used to keep meh ‘frek’($) in meh pants fabs an’ save it up in meh puzzlin’ tin.

We had a Kelvanater fridge, Singer sewin’ machine an’ a Raleigh bike.        Continue reading

BOOK: Liminal Spaces: Migration and Women of the Guyanese Diaspora – by Grace Aneiza Ali

FREE BOOK AVAILABLE ONLINE

Liminal Spaces is an intimate exploration into the migration narratives of fifteen women of Guyanese heritage.

It spans diverse inter-generational perspectives – from those who leave Guyana, and those who are left – and seven seminal decades of Guyana’s history – from the 1950s to the present day – bringing the voices of women to the fore.        Continue reading

Pakaraima Writers Association hosted their 15th Annual Literary Ceremony- Outdoors!

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From: Habeeb Alli, Toronto – Oct 4th 2020 – bookhabeeb@gmail.com 

The onset of Covid has caused great inconvenience to many annual events. This year’s Pakaraima literary celebration was no exception. It was initially planned in a restaurant in Pickering, Ontario, but soon had to be hosted in a beautiful retreat-like backyard in Richmond Hill Ontario.  This was all made possible through the generous support of Cliff and Bhano Rajkumar who stepped in at this time of need.

The founder of Pakaraima Writers, Janet Naidu, had this vision to create a space for Guyanese and Caribbean writers and artists fifteen years ago, to showcase their works as well as provide necessary guidance to get published.        Continue reading

BOOK: ‘Poetry and Painting – Creating Connections’ – By C. Aubrey McWatt – FREE

FREE BOOK: from C Aubrey McWatt
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BOOK: “red man” – by Guyana-born Aubrey McWatt and Donna Schweibert

by Aubrey McWatt (Author), Donna Schweibert (Author) – 4.9 out of 5 stars – 10 ratings

The idyllic British colony, the “Land of Many Waters,” ultimately deteriorates into brutal violence, suppression of civil rights, riot, murder, and invasion by Britain at the behest of the United States.

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