On behalf of the Mittelholzer family and for my own research purposes I am looking to acquire anything regarding Edgar Mittelholzer and older books about Guyana. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Illustrious Exile: Journal of my Sojourn in the West Indies by Robert Burns, Esq. Commenced on the first day of July 1786
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In 1786, the Scottish poet Robert Burns, penniless and needing to escape the consequences of his complicated love life, accepted the position of book-keeper on an estate in Jamaica. The success of his Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect made this escape unnecessary. Thus far is historical fact. In Andrew Lindsayâs novel, Burns indeed goes to Jamaica and then to the Dutch colony of Demerara where, into the world of sugar and slavery, he brought his propensity for falling in love, his humanity and his urge to write poetry. In 1997 a small mahogany chest is found in a Wai Wai Amerindian village in Guyana. It contains Burnsâ journal from 1786 to 1796, when he died.
Andrew Lindsayâs novel is a work of imaginative invention, poetic description and meticulous historical reconstruction. As a fellow Scot who has settled in Guyana, Lindsay brings an incomerâs fresh eye to the Caribbean landscape and imaginative insights into how Burns as a man of his times might have responded to slavery. Not least, Illustrious Exile contains some brilliant versions of Burnsâ poems, as written in the Caribbean.
About the Author
Andrew O. Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1946. He studied English at the University of St Andrews where he gained the degrees of MA and B.Phil. He spent his professional career at Madras College, St Andrews, much of the time as Principal Teacher of English. He was able to take early retirement in 2003, a move that allowed him to devote himself to writing full-time.
Andrew has always had a strong interest in the life and works of Robert Burns, and is a past president of St Andrews Burns Club, one of the oldest in Scotland. His partner Eve is a daughter of the late Denis Williams, the distinguished Guyanese archaeologist, author and artist, and Andrew now regards Guyana as his second home. The more he grew aware of the history of the once great Demerara sugar plantations, the more he became intrigued by Burnsâ virtual silence on the subject of the slave trade, particularly since the poet had seriously contemplated emigrating to the West Indies. The result was Illustrious Exile(2006).
He is a past winner of the Sloan Prize for Scots writing with a short story The Ken-Sign, which remains unpublished. He is currently gathering materials for a collection of short stories based on the varied experiences of âreturneesâ in Guyana. As a Scot in Guyana his own experiences raise issues of identity that he is exploring further in poetry and prose. (Courtesy of Peepal Tree Press)
Marie-Elena John is a former Africa development specialist. She and her husband and two children divide their time between Washington, D.C., and Antigua. This is her first novel. (Courtesy of HarperCollins)
Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
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Coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of Bob Marley's Death (May 11, 1981) NEW BOOK FROM AMISTAD/HARPERCOLLINS ISBN: 0060539917; On Sale: 05/02/2006; Format: Hardcover; Pages: 224; Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marley -- including his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others -- Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times. This is a portrait of the artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica to the making of his debut international record, Catch a Fire. We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love, and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From acclaimed journalist Christopher John Farley, the author of the bestselling biography of Aaliyah and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Before the Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.
About the Author
Christopher John Farley was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brockport, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard University and a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon. He is the author of the bestselling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman and the novels My Favorite War and Kingston by Starlight. He is also the coauthor of Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues. He has worked as an editor and pop-music critic at Time magazine and is currently an editor at the Wall Street Journal.
Muscular Learning: Cricket and Education in the Making of the British West Indies at the End of the 19th Century
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This study is a major contributopn to the debate on cricket and society in the West Indies. This book was written with passion and imagination and inspired by CLR James's masterpiece Beyond a Boundary. The book explores the role of theat quintessential imperial game-cricket and education in the shaping of identity in the former British West Indies from the latter years of slavery to 1900.
About the Author
Clem Seecharan is a Professor of Caribbean History and Head of Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University. He is the authour of the 2005 Elsa Goveia Prize winner Sweetening Bitter Sugar: Jock Campbell the Booker reformer in British Guiana 1934-1966.
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This may be the smallest fort ever constructed by the Dutch overseas. Kyk-Over-Al: the historic name of a small island, about 1.5 acres in size, is located at the junction of the Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers.
In the late 16th century, Europeans began to trade in the West Indies for salt, which was at that time a `luxuryâ in Europe. European trade goods were exchanged for indigenous products such as annatto, which was used as a dye in Europe.
However, the trade was not economically viable as the quantities of items supplied by the indigenous peoples were insufficient. Thus depots were built to collect and store produce until the arrival of the ships. Two depots, one at Nibie, a small village on the Abary Creek, and one on the Pomeroon River, were established for his purpose.
The latter was soon removed during the early part of the 17th century to a small island at the junction of the three rivers, Essequibo, Cuyuni and Mazaruni. A small fort armed with a few guns was constructed. It was named Fort Ter Hoogen in honour of an influential Dutchman. However, this appellation soon gave way to the descriptive name Kyk-Over-Al (See Over All).
The British governed the island in 1666 for a short period. However, it was recaptured and fortified by the Dutch. Activities reached a peak in 1670, when a great deal of trading was done with the local tribes.
By 1716, the island became overcrowded and this resulted in the decision to construct a new house for the Commadeur at Cartabo Point. Dutch administration was relocated to Fort Island, closer to the mouth of Essequibo River. In 1748, most of the buildings were demolished and the materials were used to construct a sugar mill at Plantation Duyenenburg, which was located along the Essequibo River.
During the boundary dispute of 1897 between Venezuela and the British Guiana, excavations of the foundations of the remaining ruins and the bricks of the lower course were undertaken to clarify the builders of the fort. The samples taken were analysed in England. These examinations revealed that the bricks used in the construction of the fort were of Dutch origin. This knowledge was used to substantiate the claim that the British had inherited territories formerly occupied by the Dutch.
In June 1910, the island was thoroughly cleared of its undergrowth by an order of Governor Sir Frederick Hodgson. Many parts of the fort, including the stone ramparts and brick pavements complete with relics of Dutch occupation such as canon balls, glass bottles and several clay tobacco pipes were unearthed.
The ruins revealed that the ground floor was used as a storehouse for food and goods received from the indigenous and a magazine. There were three rooms on the top floor - one for the soldiers, one for the Commandeur and the other for the Secretary of the colony of Essequibo.
Today, all that remains of the fort is a brick arch.
On July 20, 1999, the island was declared a National monument. This site is maintained and managed by the National Trust of Guyana.
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Isabel Adonis,Elizabeth Alleyne,Caz,CleanSlate,Cyril Dabydeen,David Dabydeen,Hope McMillian,Michaela V. McRae,Pertamber Persaud,Jeremy Poynting,Guoyan Rampersaud,James C. Richmond,Zaira Simone,Kamanie Singh,Jacqueline Ward,Wyc Williams
This is the fifth of an irregular series of e-maiI ”newsletters” with what I think are interesting cultural events, ideas, artists and productions throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora – the type that don’t get widespread publicity. I will be sending them out as “Ken’s Choices” to my friends and associates who have agreed to receive them.
There is an endless number of websites run by hard working almost nameless West Indians. Many of them are “national” in that they publish mainly events of their individual countries, but there are some that reach out to a wider market. It is impractical to name all, so I have chosen just seven that I think are noteworthy for the diaspora to look at for cultural/arts information and comment. My choices are limited by my own limited acquaintance with sites that are not of Guyanese origin. All of the following have excellent links to the wider Caribbean.
1.. www.ecaroh.com is my first choice. This is the gateway to the tandem sites of PANONTHEWEB and BOURDAMARKETPLACE, two of the most interesting Caribbean cultural/arts outlets. Pan offers the most complete array of steelband cd’s you could find anywhere else, and Bourda is chock full of calypso, chutney, spoken word, news, comments, bio’s, sound bites. It is colorful, complete, comprehensive, accessible and up to date. Ron Lammy (Guyanese in Boston) is one of the masterminds behind it. If you want the best of Caribbean music or find out about some of it’s foremost artists, then look no further. Look at www.panontheweb.com and www.bourdamarketplace.com . See the pictorial review of the 7th annual Cayman Islands GIMISTORY FESTIVAL – http://sweetsoca.com/bmp/relax/2005gimistory_review.htm and click on the PDF download for the original.
2.. www.caribarts.org is the ultimate Caribbean site for news and commentary of arts and cultural events and artists of all the disciplines – music, dance, graphic and fine art, theatre, literature, poetry.. Site manager Marina Taitt (Guyanese in Barbados) scours newspapers, other sites, magazines and also welcomes inputs from anybody anywhere for interesting stories. She runs it as a work of love having studied theatre and lived in Jamaica for some time and has seen the need for more information about arts and culture accessible for a single source. The cost of managing caribarts.org is offset by a reasonable membership fee, and it’s well worth it if you’re at all interested in the wider Caribbean.
3.. www.caribvoice.org is Guyanese Annan Boodram’s (Brooklyn) comprehensive site that offers a wider palette of news and information, but gives good coverage of the arts and culture. Annan works hard and succeeds in keeping it updated and relevant. He broadcasts a weekly email to registered (free) members.
4.. www.theartsjournal.org.gy is a recent addition to the arts scene. It leans towards the literature arts and does it thoroughly and intelligently. Ameena Gafoor (Guyana) is a UWI graduate who, as far back as I remember, has an intense love and understanding of Caribbean literature. A website like this has been needed for decades and brings the publication of literature commentary into the 21st century. It already has had articles of, from and about the very best of our writers.
5.. Trinidad’s www.pancaribbean.com leads you into an impossible private tv station – almost 100% Caribbean or Caribbean related content, run by two Trinidad hotwires – Television director/producer Christopher Laird and actor/comedian Errol Fabien. It will lead you into www.banyan.com and more importantly into GAYELLE TV ! You can actually watch Gayelle through the attendant www.homeviewtnt.net. I was one of lucky ones who more than two decades ago was part of the very first of the Gayelle series which went on to produce hundreds of arts/cultural programs, and three years ago morphed into a full fledged television station. The first and only of its kind in the region. It’s archival resources come from hundreds of video programs made by BANYAN which was Christopher’s production studio from 25 years ago.
Ken’s Choice #5.. page 2.
Since 1974, Banyan has distinguished itself as a producer of innovative and entertaining programs which aim at the same time to inform and reflect Caribbean people and culture. This mixture of entertainment and social comment so akin to the Calypso, the folk song form originating in Trinidad, has become identified as the Banyan style and is applied in the hundreds of productions Banyan has presented in the last 29 years. In 2004 Banyan started a community television station called Gayelle:THE CHANNEL which creates 14 hours of original programming every day and is the first over the air television station in the region to transmit 100% local and regional programming. 6. http://www.caricom.org/jsp/community_organs/cohsod_culture.jsp is CARICOM’S CULTURE PAGE (Caribbean Community Secretariat) headquartered in Guyana. The page is not easy to find from the home page but this URL goes straight to it.. There is a long comprehensive paper on CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of the Arts) and on Globalization as it affects the arts. Carifesta (August) will be in Trinidad for the third time! 7.. http://kykoveral.blogspot.com/ is run by Jonathan Bratt out of Toronto and gives us Caribbean poetry, literature bio’s and comment by artists like Derek Walcott, Kamau Braithwaite, Marc Matthews, Grace Nichols. A new site that deserves everybody’s full support, particularly by those who proclaim undying love of country and home and who say that W.I cricket is the lifeblood of ALL West Indians and we should all “Rally round the West Indies”.
If you find any sites that fit the bill – particularly those that cross boundaries – please let me know.