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Ken Corsbie: The Caribbean’s Quintessential Theatre Celebrity – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

On March 27, Nations around the world, observed “World Theatre Day.” This annual event was established in 1962 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and supported by UNESCO. In this article, I am pleased to throw the spotlight on veteran Guyanese dramatist Ken Corsbie, who has been in the theatre arts for over seven decades.

Now in his early 90s, Ken Corsbie has been a member of the Theatre Guild of Guyana from its inception. However, his initial activities with theatre arts actually began at the Taitt’s Yard, now known as Cara Lodge on Quamina Street, previously Murray Street.        Continue reading

Guyanese Love Poems – Presented by Moray House Trust – Virtual Presentation – 13 February 2021

Moray House Trust warmly invites you to attend our sixth virtual event.

Title:                Guyanese Love Poems
Readers:          Francis Quamina Farrier, Stanley Greaves and many more.
Date:                Saturday 13th February 2021
Time:                5.00 PM Guyana 4.00 PM Toronto, New York
                         9.00 PM UK

GUYANA: Arts on Sunday: In tribute to Ken Corsbie – By Al Creighton

Caribbean theatre began to experience very fundamental changes, formal developments, diversification, and other advancements from the end of the 1960s and through the 1970s. It is in that context that we are able to gauge the significant role of Guyanese theatre director, actor, writer, and administrator Ken Corsbie.

He has made a mark on Caribbean drama as a performer extraordinaire, and we take time to pay him tribute.        Continue reading

Guyana’s gifts to the world – A 2016 Review – by BBC News

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Guyana’s gifts to the world

This articles features a number of Guyanese who have been very successful worldwide
It was written in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s Independence from Britain,

Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.

In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.

To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.

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GUYANA SPEAKS – Mother’s Day Family Special – London UK – 31 March 2019

Mother's Day Flyer.pngDear All,

We will be departing from our usual format for the next Guyana SPEAKS on Sunday, 31st March in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Doors will open at the earlier time of 13:30.  Tickets are £5 on the door or can be obtained via eventbrite:

Guyana Speaks – London. UK – 28 January 2018

Download Flyer: Guyana Speaks – London- 28 January 2018

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May I firstly wish you all the best for 2018 and trust that you had a very enjoyable festive season!      

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A Celebration of Guyana in Poetry and Music – London UK. – 28 October 2016

A Celebration of Guyana in Poetry and Music


John Agard, Malika Booker, Grace Nichols & Keith Waithe

Friday 28 October 2016 at 6pm
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Celebrating 50 years since its independence from the United Kingdom are four of the most well-known artists from Guyana, whose work reflects the country’s colourful past and present. Come and listen to three award-winning poets – John AgardMalika Booker and Grace Nichols – whose lively work moves from a newly independent Guyana to a postcolonial Britain both uncomfortable with its new arrivals yet strangely home. Alongside them is noted flautist Keith Waithe, playing his distinctive fusion of jazz, classical, African, Caribbean, Asian and Western music. The event will open with a reading from Cyril Dabydeen. It promises to be an unforgettable 50th birthday party.      Continue reading

Famous People of Guyanese Heritage

Famous People of Guyanese Heritage

Here is a list of  some famous people of Guyanese heritage that has been compiled by Kelvin Mahadeo, aka “Crazy Kelvin”, a Toronto-based artist and web designer, of Guyanese parentage.  Check out his bio at his website at www.crazykelvin.com

Of course this is just a partial list.  If you know of other famous Guyanese, you could contact him at:   ck@crazykelvin.com

Music Artists (8)     Leona Lewis *UPDATED*    Rihanna *UPDATED*   Eddy Grant   Deborah Cox

Dave Baksh   Sol RayeKen “Snakehips” Johnson Melanie Fiona *NEW*  Actors (6)Sean Patrick  ThomasDerek Luke *NEW*Marc Gomes *NEW*  Ram John Holder *NEW*  Norman Beaton *NEW*  Guy Wellman *NEW*Actresses (7)Maureen Bunyan *NEW* Dawnn Lewis *NEW*  Flora Cheong-Leen *NEW*  CCH Pounder  Jessica Caesar  Carmen Munroe *NEW*Rhona Fox *NEW*Politicians (2)Valerie Amos Bernie Grant *NEW*Athletes (12)Priscilla Lopes-Schliep *NEW*Corinne Van Ryck de Groot *NEW*Nicolette Fernandes *NEW*Dwayne De Rosario *NEW*Phil Edwards *NEW*Marcus McKoy *NEW*Troy Ross *NEW*Dennis Andries *NEW*Sean Foley *NEW*Howard Eastman *NEW*Martiza Correia *UPDATED*Ezekiel Jackson *NEW*Models (3)Shakira Baksh Nicole Narain Janice E. Moorgen *NEW*Writers (3)Dr. Mike Philips E.R. Braithwaite John Agard *NEW*



Also look at this extensive list of Guyanese in an earlier time – in 1971 …… that was contained in a publication of Caribbean Personalities …..  Go to:


Ken’s Choice #47 – Band of Brothers

Ken’s Choice #47 – Band of Brothers

—by Ken Corsbie – September 1, 2010.

“Our Lifetime Achievement 2010 award goes to Joseph “Reds” Perreira….. He has shown lifelong cultural attributes that Guyanese admire, honor and preserve”  –  The GUYANA CULTURAL ASSOCIATION, NY.

There are people you meet along the way that become lifelong friends. Each one nudged you along unexpected paths, and who remain joyfully influential and supportive throughout the journey.

At the risk of others feeling “left out”, I choose to name just five who I can unreservedly call “Brothers” – all of them beginning this remarkable journey with me forty or more years ago.

This thought was brought home over the past few weeks of e-mail and Skype contact with them for the same but different reasons.

– the Lifetime ….  It culminated with the above notice Achievement 2010 Award to the one of the most public and iconic sports activists of the Caribbean. A man who started upriver, but somehow steered through many whitewater rapids, “the tangled opinions of life” (Walcott), to reach the wide wide sea and experience some of the wonders of the world.  My Brother Nr.1 of the day……His adventurous and inspirational story is revealed for the first time in the pages of his recently published “LIVING MY DREAMS”.

Read full article here…. KEN’S CHOICE – BAND OF BROTHERS