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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He is a past winner of the Sloan Prize for Scots writing with a short story The Ken-Sign, which remains unpublished.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
Screen writer relieves stress by starting a business
By Cynthia E. Griffin OW Staff Writer
Need an antidote to writer’s block? Do like Kenyetta Smith did and start a business manufacturing bath and body products.
“I was writing a screenplay, and I had insomnia and writer’s block. I had dreams about making candles and soap,” recalled Smith, whose blockage led her to take candle- and soap-making classes. This eventually led to the creation of her company Butterfly Kisses Botanicals. And while starting your own business might seem a drastic solution, Smith said the jump was not far for her.
“I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life. I’ve always had that bent. I was the kid selling lemonade on the corner,” added Smith laughter in her voice. Her corner was in Dayton, Ohio, down the street from her grandmother’s house and she was only 8 years old at the time.
“My father is an entrepreneur, so instead of giving me money, he would say here sell this,” explained the entrepreneur. The “this” was bean bags which she sold door-to-door in Dayton. So when she kept having dreams about making candles and soap even though she had never done that before, Smith realized it was her mind’s way of relieving the stress she was under to finish the screen play, which is currently optioned to a major studio. It was also another outlet for her blocked creativity.
After taking a few classes, like many nascent entrepreneurs, Smith initially began making candles and soap and using them herself. “If I couldn’t sleep, I’d get up and make candles. Then Christmas rolled around, and I branched out and made bath salts.”
Then she realized how much money she was putting into her “hobby” and decided she would be better off selling them than going into debt giving them away. So by December 2001 the Ohio native had taken slow steps to set up the business first doing a black history month festival, then officially launching the company in April 2002 with a “sale” in the furnitureless front room of the condo she owned.
“It wasn’t fancy,” said Smith of the shelving she had set up in a triangular configuration, but it gave the sense of a boutique. “About 50 people came to that first event, and I made about $600. I said ‘I think we have a winner; I think we can do this.’” From that initial launch with a body butter, scrub, candles and bath salts, the Butterfly Kisses line now contains 12 products for men and women, and Smith considers her most unique product a hair butter for women that she said works on all textures and serves as a moisturizer, frizz tamer and hair dressing.
What sets her products from the others in the market is the superior quality ingredients she uses and their attitudes, said the entrepreneur. “Our scrubs have to do with situations you find yourself in on a daily basis. There’s Monkey Off My Back, Make Him Beg, I Am Free, Keep it Movin’ and Sssh! Not Right Now.”
After going through all sorts of business configurations from a boutique to direct selling (she has seven reps) to selling through festivals, Smith is now looking for the right combination that will allow her to grow her company to the next level.
That has taken her to the door of the FAME Renaissance Incubator, where she is talking with the business development specialists there about how to capitalize on all the leads she gathered at the recent Natural Products Expo trade show held in Anaheim in March.
“We got a lot of great leads but haven’t gotten any orders. That’s when I realized my weakness is sales. I have to follow up with these (leads). That’s why I went to FAME,” admitted Smith who said she needs to learn how to do business wholesale.
The screen-writer-entrepreneur also has to make a decision about her manufacturing, which is currently being done in the garage of her apartment. Should she outsource it, or set up a small plant of her own. That’s another decision she is hoping FAME can help her with.
Meanwhile, Butterfly Kisses from almost the beginning has been primed to become a mega business that Smith hopes will be one of the largest companies in the natural care products market surpassing her current competitors like Carol’s Daughter and Warm Spirits as well as the other firms that target people beyond African Americans.
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