Lost! Now Available as an Audio Book

Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure has become my first book available in audio format. In fact, it’s available in more formats than any of my books to this point –

books 2018

The Boy from Willow Bend (published with UK independent with Caribbean roots, Hansib) is paperback only

Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings (published with Canadian press, Insomniac) is available in kindle and paperback

Oh Gad! (published with Strebor an imprint within Simon & Schuster in the US) is available in kindle, paperback, and mass market paperback

Musical Youth (published by independent Caribbean press CaribbeanReads publishing, also the publisher of Lost!) is available in paperback and kindle

With Grace (published by US based independent with Caribbean roots, Little Bell Caribbean) is available in hardcover (not counting the special paperback edition done for the 2017 USVI Governor’s Summer Read Challenge)

Lost! meanwhile is available in paperback, hardcover, kindle, and audio.

Go here to listen to a sample and hopefully buy, read, review, share.

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Share: Antigua & Barbuda Literary Culture

Well, the flu gods looked in on my plans for the week (and probably also thought I was feeling myself too much after seeing Black Panther last weekend) and they said, I see you and I raise you. #TKO Well, the only thing being raised this week was the roof on my neighbour’s house which became real when it hit me that the view through my bedroom window of the hills beyond was blocked. I’ve actually been writing a character who has a hugely emotional reaction to that – the blocked view not the flu – so maybe this’ll help me understand her a little better. Though honestly I’ve been too physically flattened this week to be emotional about much of anything…ah, life.  Should’ve known it was going to be a bumpy (or laid on my ass) week when my Monday morning TV appearance was cancelled.

I am starting to poke my head back out in to the land of the living and wanted to share a post about the literary culture in Antigua and Barbuda from my other blog. How I approached it was looking at the significant events in a number of categories in the years I’ve been doing that blog. So, for instance, the 2010 entry reads:

This blog launched in April 2010 and committed to spotlighting not only the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize (a project committed to nurturing and showcasing the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda since 2004) but the literary arts (and then some) in Antigua and Barbuda (and beyond) – one example of the type of coverage I did as site blogger from that first year was ‘Lit Happenings Antigua-Barbuda Nov 1-8 2010′.

Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival launched in 2006 by two entrepreneurial (Montserratian!) sisters with strong author support and so much potential but, notwithstanding a revival in 2010, unfortunately has not survived.

Wadadli Pen Open Mic launched in 2010 using the Wadadli Pen name but run by the Best of Books and acting as a development platform for young/budding writers.

The Cushion Club – a reading club for children in Antigua and Barbuda – continued its relationship with Buckley’s Primary; this project began with school visits by me and CC leader Cedric Holder to the school, one of several schools we’ve both visited over the years, to read and run story workshops. The prize was sponsored by Cedric on behalf of the Cushion Club because of his desire to encourage greater interest and aptitude in the humanities. Cedric has also consistently contributed a prize to the Wadadli Pen Challenge on behalf of the Cushion Club.

Wadadli Pen returned after a 3 year hiatus – its life 2004-2010 to that time chronicled in this post.

Voices from the Lagoon, a collection of student writings shepherded by scribe and teacher Fransene Massiah-Headley released.

Number of publications in 2010 (not including the student publication which isn’t listed in the data base of Antiguan and Barbudan Writings, and specific to publication whether independently or with a local, regional or international press, ebook or print or both, by Antiguan and Barbudan writers living in Antigua and Barbuda):  7

Read the entire post over at Wadadli Pen.

Wadadli Stories

Are you excited? The Wadadli Pen Awards, which will be held 5:30 p.m. as part of the Wadadli Stories Book Fair, takes place on May 13th. That’s next week Saturday. We’re looking forward to it here at Wadadli Pen, too. That’s when our Finalists will be rewarded and the ultimate winners announced, which we would […]

via Only One Week to the Wadadli Pen Awards — Wadadli Pen

Writing is Your Business is Back – Register Now

ETA: Want to pitch Writing is Your Business l and Persuasive Public Speaking to your boss or HR manager, here’s a letter explaining what it’s all about: Letter to businesses April 2017

I first offered this course in 2016. Engagement was successful and reviews were positive. It’s been a minute, but it’s back, still under the banner of Barbara Arrindell & Associates .

If you’re a working person in Antigua and Barbuda who wants to improve her/his written (and/or oral) communication skills, here’s where you start:


To download registration form, right click above or download this: BA & A registration both 2017


Wadadli Pen 2016 Winner: a Response

This concerns the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and I already shared it on that blog, but I thought it merited a double post because Wadadli Pen is one of the things I am most passionate about, most invested in, and which, for all I’ve written, feels like my most valuable contribution to date as a literary arts activist. The programme, which I launched in 2004 to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda, isn’t about me. It is about every young writer who embraces the opportunity to use his/her voice, tell his/her stories, and by so doing add to the narrative of our lives – because that’s what storytellers do as they interpret and imagine who we are, have been, could be, and might have been. I really value this programme and it’s good when I’m reminded that I’m not alone in so doing. Daryl George , a youth worker, was asked, as the 2016 Challenge winner to pen a response, and his response goes further than I had anticipated in underscoring the value he places on the Wadadli Pen programme. Thank you, Daryl.

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Above, scenes of Daryl from the Wadadli Pen Challenge 2016 Awards ceremony; below, Daryl’s letter.

It gives me great pleasure to provide the response for the 2016 edition of the Wadadli Pen Prize. The Wadadli Pen Challenge, going on 12 years strong, is the only literary competition in Antigua and Barbuda geared towards youth, and one of only a very few in the entire Caribbean. Thanks must go out, first and foremost, to Joanne Hillhouse: the time, energy, and effort necessary to arrange the Wadadli Pen Challenge is significant, yet she does it anyway. So too for the many sponsors who do believe in young people and who have put their money where their mouth is when it comes to investing in our youth and our culture.

Writing for the Wadadli Pen Challenge this year wasn’t easy: and that is precisely why it’s so beneficial, year in and year out. It is only through effort that we can grow, and only through difficulty can we triumph. We had a number of young persons enter the Wadadli Pen Challenge in 2016, and I believe that the process of writing a cohesive story or poem in 600 words or less, tailoring each word and each sentence for maximum impact, has allowed these young persons to increase their writing ability just a little bit more. I hope that those who had the fortune to receive feedback from this challenge will continue to broaden their talents, and to hone their skills to become even better writers.

With the good also comes the bad, and with the yin also comes the yang. I was disappointed this year at the coverage, or lack thereof, from a number of prominent local media houses. In a time where positive stories about youth seem to grow rarer and rarer, I do believe that this was an opportunity for them to step up and provide coverage in order to motivate those youth seeking positive avenues for their expression. I also am disappointed in the lack of supporting initiatives from relevant government stakeholders in pushing the culture of Antigua and Barbuda: too often we focus on promoting the “sexy” issues and topics around our youth while ignoring the amazing ability of the literary arts to act as a powerful force in promoting our local culture.

That being said, I look forward to 2017. I look forward to youth across Antigua and Barbuda sitting down, whether with pen and paper or on their laptops, and dreaming. Using their words to paint landscapes, using their imagination to create vivid images, and using their creativity to touch the soul of others. I look forward to youth stretching themselves to come up with their own unique stories, their own personal characters. And I look forward to reading all about their adventures next year and in years to come.

Only days left to register, generous fee

This is an official letter that went out to businesses some weeks ago. It concerns my partnership with Barbara Arrindell & Associates, and aspires to bring my writing knowledge and experience to an adult education platform targeted at professionals and entrepreneurs. I’m posting here as I continue to prepare for my first class, hopeful that, if you’re in Antigua and Barbuda, you will pass it on to any individual or business that might benefit from either the written or oral communication courses.

Dear Sir /Madam:

Over the last few months, Barbara A Arrindell & Associates has conducted a number of evening classes aimed at improving a person’s communication and public speaking skills. In some cases, individuals take the class to facilitate their own personal growth and development but many participants receive full or part scholarships from their place of employment.

Employers understand that in today’s competitive environment that employees who fill key roles need to be able to speak confidently and to make presentations with ease. We are sending you this information as you may wish to register for the course and/or consider encouraging and investing in your associates so that they can be more successful at their job(s).

Full letter here: Letter to businesses

Registration forms:
registration Pubic speaking
registration Written communication

Classes begin April 19th 2016 – so register now!

Very (did I mention very!) generous fee.


Mission Possible: Read

This summer, in Antigua and Barbuda, we (meaning me and Cedric of Wadadli Pen and the Cushion Club, respectively, with some overlap in between) decided to challenge our young constituency to spend part of their summer reading. Now, obviously, Cedric who volunteers his Saturdays with the reading Club and I who have done the same with less frequency (and not at all, lately) and who also run the annual Wadadli Pen writing challenge, believe that reading is its own reward. But we got ahead of ourselves and before long were offering a prize to the child who reads the most from an extensive reading list we came up with with the help of the Map Shop and the Best of Books (two local book stores). Cedric’s already collected the first of those prizes from a generous donor at which point we were like well, I guess we’re doing this and we put the word out to the media and on social media. Next thing Best of Books and Cindy’s Bookstore were offering discounts to anyone shopping at their stores and taking the Challenge. Then my publisher CaribbeanReads was getting in on the action with a Musical Youth Challenge within the larger Challenge (more on that in another post, another time). The reason for this post, on realizing that I’ve been blogging about this over at my other blog but have been so busy pushing my Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project over here that I forgot to mention it here – crossed wires. But then I came across this picture of me reading to children at the Public Library Summer camp in …I wanna say 2013 (?)…DSC_0344and it seemed a good time to mention it.

Parents, read with your children, go sign them up at the library – the public library (they can’t take out books just yet unfortunately but they could pass the day or part of it reading) or other community libraries, buy them the books (take advantage of those discounts), or trade or borrow books as I used to do back in the day, some of these books may already be in your family’s personal library (and make family there as extensive as you need it to be). Take the challenge, not just for the prize, but for the discovery, the adventure, the joy of reading. Details here.