Category Archives: Guyanese in the UK

Guyana’s John Agard becomes first poet to win BookTrust lifetime achievement award

Reading charity pays tribute to ‘incredible words’ of Afro-Guyanese author, who came to Britain in 1977 where he has become a staple of English lessons

‘It’s not just me receiving this award’ … John Agard. Photograph: Rex

Tuesday 09 November 2021  

The Afro-Guyanese writer John Agard has become the first poet to receive the BookTrust lifetime achievement award.

Agard, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to England in 1977, has been a fixture on the curriculum since 2002 for poems including Half-Caste (“Explain yuself / wha yu mean / when yu say half-caste / yu mean when picasso / mix red an green / is a half-caste canvas?”) and Checking Out Me History. Winning the Queen’s award for poetry in 2012, he is the author of more than 50 books for children and adults.

Guyana SPEAKS ZOOM Event: New book ‘Year of Plagues: Memoir of 2020’ – By Fred D’Aguiar – Sunday, 24th October @ 3.00 UK Time

Guyana SPEAKS ZOOM Event: New book ‘Year of Plagues: Memoir of 2020’ – By Fred D’Aguiar
You are invited to attend two Guyana SPEAKS events: one on Sunday, 24th October (Fred D’Aguiar) and the other on Sunday, 31st October (Black History Month) – Both at 3pm UK time.  Here is the first event:
1. FRED D’AGUIAR talks with Juanita Cox about his new book Year of Plagues: Memoir of 2020.The Audience will be invited to ask questions – please send these to prior to the start of the event.  This Guyana SPEAKS event is being hosted in collaboration with Renaissance One.
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Guyana Min. of Foreign Affairs: Post Diaspora Conference – ZOOM Meeting- Sept 08. 2021 @ 11.00am EST

Webinar for Wednesday 8 September 2021 – 11:00AM EST
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A Guyana SPEAKS SPECIAL: Reflecting on the Portuguese in Guyana – Sunday 15th August 2021@ 3pm BST

Please join us for a special Guyana SPEAKS event reflecting on the Portuguese in Guyana.

It takes place this coming Sunday, 15th August at 3pm BST / 10am GYT & EDT / 11am ADT.  Our distinguished speakers are: Dr Joanne Collins-Gonsalves, Salvador De Caires, Bruce Nobrega and Maggie Harris.  They will be talking on a variety of topics including the history of Portuguese indentureship and culture, 18th century Jewish-Portuguese, Portuguese cuisine and poetry. 

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Guyanese Family & Friends Reunion: Cricket + Picnic in the Park: Beverley Park. London. UK – August 22, 2021

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UK: From British Guiana to Bristol – 90-year-old reflects on life after Windrush

Eileen (sitting at centre) now has four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Credit: ITV West Country

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Eileen (sitting at centre) now has four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Credit: ITV West Country
Eileen Polis arrived from then British Guiana with very little – but she became an influential and respected member of several Bristol communities as well as one of the first Caribbean nurses at Southmead Hospital.      Continue reading

Guyana SPEAKS: ZOOM event on Guyanese Entrepreneurs – Sunday 25th July – 2pm BST


Please join us for a Guyana SPEAKS event on Guyanese Entrepreneurs this coming Sunday, 25th July at 2pm BST.  
Our speakers are Gem Eytle, Owner and General Manager of Frandec Travel Services, Mark Dalgety of Dalgety Teas and Patrice Hinds of Pat & Pinkys.
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FOOTBALL: The black Scotland captain from British Guiana, whose team trounced England – BBC News

By Reevel Alderson – BBC Scotland – Published18 June 2021

130 Andrew Watson Footballer

 Andrew Watson played for Queen’s Park in Glasgow, one of the best sides of the era

As players “take the knee” before Friday’s European championship game at Wembley in a stance against racism, few will realise Scotland was the first international side to field a black player.

More than 140 years ago Andrew Watson captained the Scots to a 6-1 victory against England, a record away win.

Born in Guyana in 1856, Watson came to Britain with his father who was a wealthy sugar planter.    

Guyana SPEAKS – THE OTHER WINDRUSH – Plantation Indentureship – Sunday 27th June 2021 at 2pm -UK


This month’s Guyana SPEAKS is inspired by a recently published book, THE OTHER WINDRUSH.  Edited by Dr Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen and Prof David Dabydeen, it is a series of biographical essays, poems and articles on members of the Windrush Generations whose heritage links them to the system of plantation indentureship.

We are delighted to confirm that this month’s SPEAKERS include the editors as well as some of the anthology’s contributors: Elly Niland, Mr Gee, Gordon Warnecke, Lainy Malkaini, Nalini Mohabir.            Continue reading

New York City: Little Guyana / Liberty Avenue  Co-naming Ceremony – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

PHOTOS  and Article- Little Guyana / Liberty Avenue  Co-naming Ceremony By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

‘If you want the job done, hire a Guyanese,’ says NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio at Co-Naming Ceremony             Continue reading

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