The Writers’ Room

A weekly column featuring the work of Guyanese writers, both established and emerging.

For women who are difficult to love is one of the poems included in Nathaniel Wren’s self-published first book of poetry, “Unspoken Words”
For women who are difficult to love is one of the poems included in Nathaniel Wren’s self-published first book of poetry, “Unspoken Words”

For women who are difficult to love 

By Nathaniel Wren For women who are difficult to love,  I wish to understand your character. 

Gabrielle Mohamed

Confronting the divide

In “Dear Coast Landerz ah Guyana,”creole poet Gabrielle Mohamed confronts the attitudes of coastland residents to their indigenous counterparts by way of a letter of complaint.

Imagining future Guyanas

By Nicholas Peters Colonialism had already imposed colonial mindsets on the psyche of African people, which meant that they continued to reproduce coloniality as their future even after direct juridical colonialism has been dismantled – Sabelo J.Ndlovu-Gatsheni Living in Guyana can make us very jaded when we think of our place in the rest of the world.

 ‘Doubles, for those who do not know, is a Trinidadian snack food. Channa curry, liquid, served with two flat round fried bara and different pickles.’ (Photo by Terrence Thompson)

Half of a doubles with tamarind in Georgetown

By Vidyaratha Kissoon I see the sign – “Doubles $200” – on the cart at the busy corner of the road and I think never mind who is watching, I am going to stand and eat one and I don’t care how much mess I make on my mouth and hands and clothes. 

Vidyaratha Kissoon 
(Timehri Film Festival photo)

‘Writing as therapy’

Vidyaratha Kissoon’s “Half of a doubles with tamarind in George-town,” which is the third of four non-fiction pieces we are featuring this month, is an edited version of a post first published on his blog, Thoughts of a Minibus Traveller, which is now in its tenth year.

Nikita Blair

Q&A: Nikita Blair

Curated by Andre Haynes and Dreylan Johnson “When your body betrays you,” by Nikita Blair, is the second of four non-fiction works that will be featured this month.

Crekateh

By Daryll Goodchild “Always diggin’, diggin’ in people trench. Why yuh nuh move from hey, eh boi?

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The Haunting

Not many people wan hear bout’ haunting. They doh wan hear bout ghosts and angry dead babies coming back to take you in ground that warm yet somehow cold.

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‘Exploring Mythopoeia’

“The Haunting” is a unique take on the issues of cyclic poverty and its impact on generations of people, whose suffering result in issues of mental health, explains writer Akola Thompson.

Grandfather

By Rae Wiltshire De sun used to bake me and dry up me throat when Ah used to help Grandfather pun de farm.

Rae Wiltshire

Adult impressions

“Grandfather” is one of the stories from Adults, a short story collection by Rae Wiltshire.

Stephanie Bowry

‘Keeping the culture alive’

Born in Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice in September of 1946, Stephanie Bowry nee Thomas, who celebrated her 73rd birthday on Friday, is a storyteller and a counsellor, as well as a lay preacher.

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