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
Local actor one of 149 with parts in Guiana 1838 Thursday, March 18th 2004
The filming for Bollywood movie Guiana 1838 will begin on Sunday and according to Farouk Juman, the coordinator, Guyanese actor Henry Rodney will be on the big screen.
Juman told Stabroek News that all equipment for the movie is expected by this weekend and that numerous seamstresses were sewing costumes for the actors.
Guiana 1838 is a love story based on the history of Guyana. "All Guyanese will be better people after they look at the movie," predicted Juman in an interview with Stabroek News. He said along with director Rohit Jagessar he has unearthed tons of historical data that some Guyanese have no idea about so as to make the film as accurate as possible. Jagessar and Juman have reportedly been working on the movie for six years after Jagessar came up with the idea.
Actors are expected in from England before the weekend to make up a contingent of 365 actors. Along with Rodney, another 149 Guyanese actors and actresses will have parts. The movie will incorporate some Hindi in it but only to bring out basic points in the movie. Juman maintained that Guiana 1838 is not an Indian movie and will focus on the abolition of slavery and the arrival of Indians in Guyana during the 19th Century.
Juman along with Jagessar are both Guyanese who live in America. Juman said that they got their actors and actresses from Guyana through an advertisement, which they had placed some months ago. According to him, they had a good feedback and from that they made their decisions. The Guyanese cast is staying in Berbice where they have all their meals and accommodation provided for them. Juman stated that there would be no fixed time for rehearsals. "The cast will work until they are perfect," he said. There will be all sorts of African and Indian music and designers are currently in the process of recreating scenes such as the sugar plantation, the ships in which the indentured labourers arrived in and others. The Number 63 beach is outlined for all of the seaside and waterfronts shootings. Filming could not be done in Georgetown because of the sound and noise. The star of the movie "Guiana 1838", Kumar Gaurav is already in Guyana and he is reportedly enjoying every moment of his stay.
Juman is overwhelmed by the support he was given from the Guyanese community and from President Bharrat Jagdeo. He said that the final touches for the movie will be administered in the US. A ceremony will be held before the filming begins on Sunday at the Number 63 beach. Guiana 1838 is expected to be in theatres by the end of the year.
Guiana 1838 trailer released Sunday, July 4th 2004 The first of five trailers for the film GUIANA 1838 has been released on the internet.
The release said the website crashed a number of times after the announcement of the trailer's availability was made, because of the unusually high traffic and additional bandwidth has since been added.
GUIANA 1838 tells the story of the people who once lived and worked in former British colonies in the Caribbean. It covers the abolition of slavery and the arrival of Indians in Guyana, the release said.
The film stars Indian actors Kumar Gaurav as Laxman and Aarti Bathija as Urmila; British actors Thomas Garvey and Rufus Graham as driver and overseer of the Gladstone plantations of Vreed-en-Hoop and Vreed-en-Stein; and local actor Henry Rodney as Cabi a Maroon, who returns from the jungle after abolition.
Rohit Jagessar, an overseas-based Guyanese wrote, produced and directed GUIANA 1838. It is scheduled to be released in August.
GUIANA 1838 at editing stage in US Saturday, May 22nd 2004 GUIANA 1838, the first motion picture shot in Guyana this century, is now in the editing stage in the United States, and is expected to be in theatres this August after a private screening in Guyana.
The film will first open commercially in Australia before making its way onto screens across the US and Canada and before opening worldwide in 52 select countries, according to a press release from NriFilmProd.
GUIANA 1838 focuses on the abolition of slavery and the arrival of Indians in Guyana during the 19th century. The film stars superstar Kumar Gaurav and Bollywood star Aarti Bathija as Urmila. British actor Thomas Garvey plays plantation driver David while local actor Henry Rodney is cast as Cabi, a maroon who returned from the jungles to find that slavery is abolished, the release noted.
The film arrived in the editing lab in the US in terrific condition, the release said, and it suffered no damage from the hot climate here while it was in production. This was good news to US-based Guyanese filmmaker Rohit Jagessar who immediately gave the green light to his production assistants to start preparation for his next three films to be made in Guyana.
According to Jagessar, this proves that feature films can be made in Guyana with very good results despite intense heat especially in savannah areas of the country.
According to the release, overseas filmmakers and film studios have been closely following the GUIANA 1838 production to see the results Guyana locations offer.
Guyana offers tremendous scenic locations to tell stories in many genres, according to the filmmaker whose next film is a toss up between the second part of his GUIANA 1838 trilogy or The Pork Knockers, a story he wrote alongside GUIANA 1838, the release said.
'Guiana 1838' on track for August release Saturday, April 3rd 2004 The feature film "Guiana 1838" will be completed by May 5 and the director for the movie, Rohit Jagessar hopes to then shoot three other feature films in Guyana.
Starring in the movie is Bollywood actor, Kumar Gaurav in the lead role as "Laxman" and Aarti Bathija as "Urmila". Guyanese actor Henry Rodney will be playing the role of "Cabi", a runaway slave who returns from the jungles after the abolition of slavery.
According to a release from the film committee, Jagessar said "good cinema is always met with great challenges." It further noted "challenges prompt the imagination to think and to go deeper and think broader." The filmmaker said that his long shooting schedules in intense South American heat sometimes spill into late nights. He further noted that it is taking some toll on his cast and crew but everyone keeps pressing on with appreciation for the demands of the story about the people who once lived and worked on this land.
According to Jagessar, his next film will continue the trilogy of "Guiana 1838" followed by "Pork Knockers", a film about a TIME magazine reporter on assignment journeying through the Amazon and uncovering the mystery which lies beneath. After such, the last chapter of Guiana 1838 will then go into production.
Jagessar and his production team are expected to fly from Guyana to New York for a short break after the Guyana shoot is completed.
Guiana 1838 will be released world wide in theatres this coming August after a private screening in Guyana and three weeks after its first screening in Australia. Link
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