Birbalsingh’s History and Literature – a useful documentation of Guyanese writing

[Frank Birbalsingh, Guyana: History and Litera-ture, United Kingdom: Hansib, 2016. 324p. L11.99.] Guyanese author, academic, editor, anthologist and literary critic Frank Birbalsingh begins the Preface to his account of Guyana: History and Literature (UK: Hansib, 2016) with a brief summary of the geographic location, history, geopolitics, demography and the resulting attitudes of Guyana’s people.

Shift of float parade to May could have impact on Mashramani

The Republic of Guyana has the unique privilege among Caribbean Caricom nations of being able to celebrate two national days each year – Republic Day which is celebrated carnival style on February 23, and Independence Day celebrated in various other ways on May 26.

The evolution of Commonwealth literature

The recent rediscovery of a collection of short stories by Commonwealth writers first published in 1971 has given rise to many pertinent thoughts about the literature and the significance of the selection highlighted at that time.

Christmas and New Year in China

Although the Christmas season has ended in Christendom, it makes such an impact, and is so influential in other parts of the world that it continues in a subterranean sense, to be a subject of interest.

Dance Season 36 – well ‘E-majin-ed’

The National Dance Company of Guyana, in the performance of ‘E-Majin,’ for Dance Season 36, directed and choreographed by Vivienne Daniel, celebrated not only a product of 36 years of dance in Guyana, but demonstrated dance as a work of the imagination.

Auden: Poetry and politics

Sonnets from China XVI (sometimes titled The Embassy) As evening fell the day’s oppression lifted; Far peaks came into focus; it had rained; Across wide lawns and cultured flowers drifted The conversation of the highly trained Two gardeners watched them pass and priced their shoes; A chauffer waited, reading in the drive, For them to finish their exchange of views; It seemed a picture of the private life.

Kanaima: fear, lore and literature

Kanaima / Tiger (for Richard and David)   In the darkest middle of the rubber walk where the interweave of overhanging branches was thick above the road, the four schoolboys walking home (loitering in the roadside bush, collecting shiny rubber seeds in their wooden pods) suddenly stopped – movement, talk, breath, all stopped: for there in the road, yards ahead, stood a black tiger.

Carifesta in Haiti

(Continued from last week) As we continue to focus on Carifesta XII which was held in Port au Prince, Haiti, from August 21-30 and closed its curtains exactly one week ago, we find ourselves still confronting the persistent and overriding significance of Haiti as a venue for this Caribbean festival.

Contrasting images from Carifesta in Haiti

President Martelly of Haiti speaking at the Grand Opening of Carifesta XII in Port Au Prince declared that there are two Haitis: “the Haiti that CNN talks about and the Haiti that we know.”  The curtains will come down to close the Twelfth Caribbean Festival of the Arts this evening at the Kiosk – a version of the Greek styled open air auditorium – and by this time different faces of the host country will have uncovered themselves.

Themes on Emancipation

1st of August, 1838 ‘O ye first of August freed men who now liberty enjoy Salute the day and shout hurrah to Queen Victoria; On this glad day the galling chains of slavery were broke From off the necks of Afric’s sons who bled beneath its yoke.

Guyanese art

What is Guyanese Art? To what extent can this be answered by the exhibition ‘Abs-tract Art in the National Collection currently on show at the National Gallery, Castellani House?

Demerara Gold: A dramatic monologue

There are several ways in which theatre education in Guyana in its widest context has been broadening its scope and attempting to achieve greater depth at a national level.

Of risings and uprisings

Easter 1916   I I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From counter or desk among grey Eighteenth-century houses.