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CRICKET: Rohan Kanhai was 85 not out on December 26. 2020

Rohan Kanhai is 85 not out


Rohan Kanhai was born on 26 December 1935 at Plantation Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice. He was 85 this year. To mark the occasion, we are publishing two pieces by Ian McDonald and Clem Seecharan, a tribute to the mastery of this gifted Guyana and West Indies batsman.

They are taken from ‘An Abounding Joy: Essays on Sport by Ian McDonald’ (compiled, edited and annotated by Clem Seecharan), published by Hansib in the UK in 2019. Seecharan’s essay is a revised version of his response to McDonald’s piece.          Continue reading

WE DID NOT WANT TO KNOW – by Dave Martins + music videos

Dave Martins

WE DID NOT WANT TO KNOW – by Dave Martins

October 29, 2017

In an earlier comment about song-writing I made the point that while talent has to be there, the more critical quality is observation because that is almost always the ingredient that sets a song apart; the writer has turned a light on something in the society, or in an individual, that would have otherwise escaped the rest of us in the populace.

In fact, to look at the popular columnists or commentators in our local press – Freddie Kissoon, Ralph Ramkarran, Henry Jeffrey, Adam Harris, Christopher Ram, Ian McDonald, etc. – is to see this taking place as each writer brings us to something, or an aspect of something, that is new or revealing or thought-provoking.      Continue reading

Ian McDonald: A Guyanese and West Indian treasure

Ian McDonald: A Guyanese and West Indian treasure

 To the disappointment of many in Colombia, the archive of its most famous literary son, the Nobel laureate, Gabriel García Márquez, has been acquired by the University of Texas at Austin. That the opus of one of Latin America’s most celebrated writers and public intellectuals and at times outspoken critic of US policy in the region should go to an American institution is not without a certain irony.
Nevertheless, The University of Texas is known for its focus on Latin America and has the technical expertise to take good care of the late author’s papers. It may also be of some consolation to Colombians and other Latin Americans that the university plans to digitise part of the collection to make it more accessible.

Quite coincidentally, the University of the West Indies at St Augustine last week received the collected papers of Ian McDonald, whose induction as a Distinguished Friend of Mr Biswas, for his contribution to Caribbean letters, at a ceremony last Friday was announced, in an article in the Trinidad Guardian, on November 23, by UWI Professor Emeritus Kenneth Ramchand. Continue reading



 Ms Jane Seymour, the daughter of Guyana’s celebrated poet, AJ Seymour, and Dr Jacqueline de Weever, the niece of the poet, are now back in the Unites States, after spending a special week in Georgetown, Guyana. They were there to participate in functions celebrating the Birth Centenary of the poet Arthur James Seymour, which was on January 12, 2014, and which proved to be quite a success.

The principal function was the staging of a poetry concert, “SEE MORE POETRY”, which was held at the Theatre Guild Playhouse in Kingston, Georgetown, on Sunday January 12, to a sold-out audience.  A wide variety of the poems by Seymour were read by some of Guyana’s well-known radio, theatre and cultural luminaries. They included Margaret Lawrence, Ron Robinson, Ian McDonald, Rupert Roopnaraine, Francis Quamina Farrier, Joan Cambridge, Ras Michael, Nazim Hussain and Malcolm DeFreitas.   Continue reading

“SEE MORE POETRY”: readings of poems by Arthur James Seymour – Georgetown Jan 12, 2014

“SEE MORE POETRY”: readings of some of the best poems by Arthur James Seymour.

This is to excite lovers of good poetry – especially the poetry of AJ Seymour.

On Sunday January 12, 2014, the National Library in Georgetown, Guyana, will stage “SEE MORE POETRY”, a programme of readings of some of the best poems by Arthur James Seymour.

It is to commemorate the Centenary of the birth of the celebrated Guyanese poet, who died 25 years ago on Christmas day, at age 75. Some of the best Readers will be on stage at the Theatre Guild’s Playhouse on Parade Street in Kingston, Georgetown, reading such poems as “Over Guyana, Clouds”, “Tomorrow Belongs to the People”, “Name Poem”, “Sun is a Shapely Fire”, “The Lover Speaks”, “There Runs a Dream” and many others.   Continue reading