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Update from Moray House Trust: May 2015 “Culture Matters” – 5 videos

Update from Moray House Trust: May 2015 – “Culture Matters”

Moray House TrustAbout Us

Moray House Trust was conceived and set up as the legacy of the late David de Caires by his children, Isabelle and Brendan and his widow, Doreen. It is based at Moray House, the de Caires family home in Guyana.

Our Mission

The Moray House Trust is a private, non-partisan, not-for-profit, cultural initiative to foster national pride in Guyana’s diverse heritage, to enable all forms of artistic expression, to promote conservation, civil liberties and sport in our society, and to stimulate the sharing of knowledge and ideas within a vibrant public sphere.  [Read more about Moray House Trust]


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Guyanese Online- Moray House Trust Update – May 2014

Guyanese Online – Update from Moray House Trust – May 2014

May 2014 has been a busy month for the Trust.

On Tuesday 13th May, we hosted an evening of readings by novelist and cricket writer, Rahul Bhattacharya and journalist / historian Gaiutra Bahadur. Rahul and Gaiutra read to a capacity crowd and discussed common themes in their work such as the question of genre, women in Guyanese society, the interplay of fact and fiction, the moral imperative for the writer to present truthfully.

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Rahul Bhattacharya (left) and journalist / historian Gaiutra Bahadur (right) at Moray House Trust

Last year, Gaiutra Bahadur published ‘Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture’. In it, she traces the journey of thousands of women like her great-grandmother Sujaria, a 27 year-old immigrant from Bihar who made the journey to British Guiana as an indentured labourer alone and four months pregnant.

In 2011, Bhattacharya’s novel, ‘The Sly Company of People who Care’, was published to widespread acclaim. In it, he catalogues the adventures of a young Indian journalist in Guyana and depicts with grace, warmth and humour the varied cast of characters and heady cultural mix encountered; the neighbourhood savants, pork-knockers, cane-cutters. “You want bandit, we got bandit,” says one. “We got blackman, redman, buck, chinee, coolie, dougla all lashin each other.”   Continue reading

‘A Conversation’ at Moray House Trust

‘A Conversation’ at Moray House Trust

20th August 2013 – Press Release

A few nights ago, Moray House Trust was pleased to host ‘A Conversation’, an exchange between Dr Rupert Roopnaraine  and Brendan de Caires. The essays in Dr. Roopnaraine’s recent prize-winning publication, ‘The Sky’s Wild Noise’, provided much of the material for discussion but the talk extended to other topics such as the challenges of undertaking critical appraisal in a small society. Moray House Trust wishes to thank The Guyana National Lottery for their sponsorship of this event.

Moray House Trust (MHT) is a legacy of the late David de Caires. It is a cultural initiative to foster and preserve artistic expression in Guyana’s diverse culture and to support and contribute to the good works of Guyanese. The mission of the Trust is to host, to support and to facilitate live local cultural events (such as music and poetry recitals, lectures, photographic presentations) and to bring creative artists (writers, poets, singers, musicians, painters, photographers) together with peers, experts and an informed audience to advance local talent.   Continue reading

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