Guyana Review

Where fantasy meets reality


Mendonca’s Legend of The Swan Children is one of six new novels in the prestigious Macmillan Island Fantasy Series. Recently, Guyana Review spoke with the former Public Servant about her life, her focus and about the role of her first book of fiction in supporting her preoccupation with helping young people build their characters and shape their lives  which she hopes will help to re-ignite a passion for reading among young Guyanese Maureen Marks-Mendonca’s first novel –Legend of the Swan Children – is intertwined with another more enduring passion – a passion for working with children.

Deferring to technology


The jury remains out on the use of referral system in Test cricket The decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to implement the use of a refererral system as part of the adjudication process in Test cricket represents an acknowledgement that the present system that leaves decision-making mostly to the two on-field umpires has resulted in an increasing level of controversy creeping into the game. 

Trouble at the Top

General Secretary Oscar Clarke

Evidence of a crisis at the level of the leadership of the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R, the main political opposition to the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has given rise to healthy speculation among political watchers about the future of the party and a fair measure of disquiet among party members.

The Region-CARICOM:The road ahead

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

CARICOM Incoming Chairman’s New Year Address 2009 Honourable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize As Prime Minister of Belize I have, on January 1, 2009, assumed the Chairmanship of the Caribbean Community for the next six months. 

The Region-As EPA Ink dries

Bernal (right) signing the EPA agreement with Karl Falkenberg, the Deputy Director General for Trade at the European Commission. To the rear, Kusha Haraksingh, lead negotiator on EPA legal issues with the College of Negotiators.

What’s next for our creative sector? By Josanne Leonard Reprinted from the Trinidad and Tobago Review It’s now three months since the controversial CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was signed in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Books-The British West Indies Regiment


Cedric L Joseph, The British West Indies Regiment, 1914-1918. Georgetown: Free Press, 2008. 46 pp. ISBN 978-976-8178-26-8. by David A Granger The West Indies were among the first British colonial possessions in the early 17th century.

Poetry-Edison Jefford’s Nobel ambition


Guyana Review Editor Arnon Adams talks to 2006 Guyana Prize for Literature Honorable Mention awardee Edison Jefford When I asked Edison Jefford where he felt his ambition as a poet would take him there was an arresting bluntness about his response.

International Affairs-Obama and the search for a new contract in America

James Baldwin

Reprinted from the Trindad Review – December 1st 2008 By Cary Fraser In 1963, the African American writer, James Baldwin, published My Dungeon Shook: Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation in which he wrote: “Please try to be clear, dear James, through the storm which rages about your youthful head today, about the reality which lies behind the words acceptance and integration.

Regional Affairs-The Debt is unpayable

Bharrat Jagdeo and Fidel Castro in Havana

La deuda es impagable Remarks at the Great Hall of the University of Havana on receipt of the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences, Honoris Causa December 3, 2008 Norman Girvan I cannot begin to express the deep sense of honour that I feel on your bestowing upon me the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences, Honoris Causa of the University of Havana.

Sport-The West Indies in New Zealand

Brendan Nash

Still stalled on the road to recovery The suggestion that the West Indies’ straight sets loss to Pakistan in last November’s three-match Limited Overs encounter in Abu Dhabi, was due in large measure to a euphoria hangover, at least among those members of the team who had just a few days earlier been the beneficiaries of cricket’s biggest ever payday – the Stanford Twenty-Twenty for twenty million US dollars encounter against England, is a reflection of the extreme cynicism that attends the outlook of analysts of the regional game.

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