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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He is a past winner of the Sloan Prize for Scots writing with a short story The Ken-Sign, which remains unpublished.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
Caribbean Woman Broke the Color Barrier in the RAF
By Jim Farrell
A slim, elegant woman in a Royal Air Force officer's uniform entered a tea room in the British town of Windermere. All conversation stopped. Teacups froze in mid-air.
In 1943, female officers were a familiar sight, but Joyce Cyrus was black.
"When I walked in, I was quite dark because it was summer," Cyrus recalls, a sly smile crossing her face. "You could have heard a pin drop. They were curious. Because of my colour, they wondered if I could handle a knife and fork."
Ignoring the stares of the good ladies of Windermere, Cyrus ordered tea and toast. When it arrived, she picked up her knife and spread jam across her toast.
Cyrus is now 84 and a resident of St. Joachim's Manor, a downtown retirement home. A half- century ago, she may have been the only black officer in the Royal Air Force. Except for the occasional stare from otherwise-polite townsfolk and the rare cry of "momma, there goes a darkie" emitted by an amazed British child, she says she was treated the same as every other officer.
Her life story is a unique blend of adventure, opportunity and frustration. She was born in Panama, the child of a Trinidadian mother and a Panamanian pharmacist. Her father died while she was still a child so her mother moved the family to Port of Spain, Trinidad. After a sheltered life of cricket games and clay-court tennis in what was then a pleasant and tolerant British colony, she moved to New York City.
"The next step was a job, which was then rather limited to certain races," Cyrus recorded in her memoirs.
"Yours truly ended up by scrubbing a floor as a domestic." In Trinidad, the Cyrus family had hired help to do that sort of work, so she wasn't very good at it.
On Dec. 7, 1941, news of the bombing of Pearl Harbour filled the front pages of the New York papers. Cyrus was a citizen of a British colony and she wanted to do her duty and enlist, but first she had to get a British passport. That took months. It wasn't until Jan. 2, 1943, that she boarded a steamer, part of a convoy of 10 ships, and sailed to England, where she joined the Royal Air Force.
Cyrus was soon contacted by the British Broadcasting Corporation and asked to participate in occasional radio broadcasts that would be beamed to the West Indies. "A young West Indian lady, who was the head of this particular section at the BBC, took me in hand and gave me the initial background. "It was the most thrilling episode of my life." Some of Cyrus's friends back in Trinidad were amazed when they tuned into the BBC and heard her voice. They were more amazed when they heard she had joined the RAF. The RAF selected Cyrus to be a safety-equipment worker. After learning how to parade, salute and pack and maintain parachutes, she was assigned to 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, based in Upwood, England. It was a prestigious posting. At the beginning of the war, the squadron had been based in France, where it lost virtually all of its planes and most of its aircrew. It was then based in England and later Malta before moving back to England where its obsolescent Blenheim bombers were replaced with 640-km/h Mosquitoes, the finest light-bomber of the Second World War. The British, Australian and Canadian bomber crews in the squadron soon bestowed nicknames on the black woman who had been posted to their base. Behind her back, they occasionally referred to her as "the brown bombshell," Cyrus says. To her face, they called her "Trinnie." At 26, she was older than most of the men. That earned her a measure of respect, but there was more to come.
Within months, Cyrus applied for officer training. After a knee-trembling interview before six stern RAF officers, she was accepted. During her officer's training, her biggest problem proved to be her Caribbean exuberance.
"I did have to control my manner of expressing myself with my hands," she later wrote in her memoirs. "Latin Americans and negroes always have gestured a great deal with eyes, hands and elevation of voices to get across their points. I fought that temptation by holding my hands behind my back."
For the remainder of the war, Cyrus helped represent the British West Indies on the BBC and at official functions such as a 1944 wreath-laying at the Cenotaph in London. She remained in the RAF until 1946, then returned to Trinidad where she trained as a medical records librarian. She worked in Trinidad, Germany, the U.S. and England before settling in Canada.
(Reprinted from the Edmonton Journal of October 29)
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