Menu
Demerara Waves - Riding on the crest of truth
 

Listen Live

android
apple
blackberry
 
 

Guyana Prize for Literature shortlists picked

Guyana Prize for Literature shortlists picked

The Jury of the Guyana Prize for Literature on Tuesday announced the Shortlists ahead of the Awards Ceremony to be held later this month.

The awards will be presented to the Winners by His Excellency President Donald Ramotar. Chair of the Jury Prof Jane Bryce will read the Judges’ Report.  The event, which is open to the public, is scheduled for September 15 at 7 PM at the Pegasus Hotel. The Guyana Prize for Literature was established in 1987 to provide encouragement for the development of good creative writing among Guyanese in particular and Caribbean writers in general.

The Shortlists and Winners were decided by a Jury made up of very distinguished judges, selected by the Guyana Prize Management Committee because of their outstanding credentials in the field of literature as literary critics, academics, literary editors, authors and creative writers.

The selections in each case are listed in alphabetical order according to the authors.

BEST BOOK OF FICTION

Ruel Johnson - Collected Fictions

A semi-autobiographical collection of short fiction that addresses racial and political tensions, relationships and displacement.   

Chaitram Singh - The February 23rd Coup

A fast-paced fictional account of an attempted coup by a group of disaffected Guyanese soldiers. 

BEST BOOK OF POETRY

Cassia Alphonso - Black Cake Mix

A collection of evocative poems with a well-realized creole voice.

Ian McDonald - The Comfort of All Things

Elegiac musings by a mature poet on aging and mortality.

Sasenarine Persaud - Lantana Strangling Ixora

Complex, introspective poems with a bitter edge.

BEST DRAMA

Harold Bascom - Deportee

A screenplay for a crime thriller set in New York and Georgetown, involving deportation, narcotrafficking and corruption.

Mosa Mathifa Telford - Sauda

A morality tale about the need for understanding and forgiveness between mothers and daughters, and the difficulties of escaping from a legacy of self-contempt.

BEST FIRST BOOK OF FICTION

Only ONE entry was shortlisted from among those in this category. It will therefore be declared the winner.

BEST FIRST BOOK OF POETRY

No work was considered suitable for a shortlist in this category.
 

For more information, please contact:Al Creighton, Secretary, Management Committee on 640-3867

Jane Bryce – is Chairman of the Jury; Professor of African Literature and Film, Dept of Language, Linguistics and Literature, UWI, Cave Hill; former Head of the Dept. Fiction Writer – has published prose works and short fiction; Co-Editor of Poui, the Cave Hill Journal of creative writing; has conducted courses in creative writing; a leading scholar on African and Caribbean film, director of film festivals, and of the Barbados Frank Collymore literary award; is a native of Tanzania.

Brendan de Caires – Literary Critic, Reviewer, working in Canada, has worked in Trinidad; was an editor and book reviewer for the Caribbean Review of Books (CRB) and for review section of Caribbean Beat; has published literary articles and reviews; a co-founder of Moray House in Georgetown; is a native of Guyana.

Louis Regis– Head, Dept. of Literary, Cultural & Communication Studies, UWI, St Augustine; a specialist in West Indian Literature, Cultural Studies & Cultural History; a leading scholar on the literature and culture, an authority on the political calypso in Trinidad; has researched and published on carnival and calypso, including studies of Black Stalin and Maestro; has been a theatre director; is a native of Trinidad and Tobago.

Daizal Samad – Professor of Literature; a Fiction Writer, has published short fiction; Director of the UG Berbice Campus at Tain; a graduate of UG Dept of English; has worked in Canada and the Middle East; published extensively on literature; is known for wide ranging outreach work in Berbice; was born in Guyana.

Lori Shelbourn – Univ. of Leeds, UK; researched extensively on Wilson Harris for doctoral studies at Leeds and is an authority on Harris; Researcher of West Indian Literature; is a literary editor and writer of literary entries for Wikipedia, the on-line encyclopedia; directed international conference on Caribbean literature and Culture in the UK; is a native of Britain. #

back to top

Recent News

Prev Next Page:
Son of Surinamese President pleads guilty to Hezbollah terrorism plot from South America

29 August, 2014

Son of Surinamese President pleads guilty to Hezbollah terro…

(BLOOMBERG).-A Suriname man accused of seeking to provide the Islamist group Hez...

Police, army instructed to get back weapons transferred to PNC; Granger asked to help

29 August, 2014

Police, army instructed to get back weapons transferred to P…

President Donald Ramotar says the security forces have been long instructed to g...

Prime Minister Hinds in minor boat accident, no one injured

29 August, 2014

Prime Minister Hinds in minor boat accident, no one injured

A boat carrying Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds up the Canje River, Berbice was Fri...

Bandits, guards in gun fight at Issano mining camp

29 August, 2014

Bandits, guards in gun fight at Issano mining camp

Security personnel and four armed bandits exchanged gunfire, leaving one of the ...

Convict found dead with stolen items

29 August, 2014

Convict found dead with stolen items

An armed robbery convict, who was recently released from prison, was found badly...

Updated Barama employee drowns during Cricket Day

29 August, 2014

Updated Barama employee drowns during Cricket Day

An employee of Barama Company Limited (BCL) drowned Friday during Barama Cricket...

Turkish Manager of  Princess Casino on assault charge

28 August, 2014

Turkish Manager of Princess Casino on assault charge

The Turkish-born Australian manager of Princess Hotel’s Casino has been charged ...

Body of woman that washed up on Kitty Foreshore identified; no foul play suspected

28 August, 2014

Body of woman that washed up on Kitty Foreshore identified; …

The body of the nude woman that washed up on the Kitty Foreshore, Georgetown Wed...

Police crackdown on Sophia-based robbers continues

28 August, 2014

Police crackdown on Sophia-based robbers continues

Police appear to be targeting bandits in Sophia who prey on persons on the lower...

CGX Energy announces Guyana High Court Order upholding injunction against REPSOL

28 August, 2014

CGX Energy announces Guyana High Court Order upholding injun…

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - CGX Energy Inc  announced Fri...

Stage set for reconstitution of four service commissions

27 August, 2014

Stage set for reconstitution of four service commissions

Consultations between President Donald Ramotar and Opposition Leader, David Gran...

Was Rohee taken off Guyana Chronicle's front page?

27 August, 2014

Was Rohee taken off Guyana Chronicle's front page?

The state-owned Guyana Chronicle has been directed to take People’s Progressive ...

Guyana's registration of military aircraft breaches International Civil Aviation Convention

27 August, 2014

Guyana's registration of military aircraft breaches Internat…

Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips says the army...

Guyana prepares for minority government as a way of life

27 August, 2014

Guyana prepares for minority government as a way of life

The Guyana government and the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) appear ...

Guyana's international airports not meeting standards- Transport Minister

27 August, 2014

Guyana's international airports not meeting standards- Trans…

Transport Minister, Robeson Benn says Guyana’s airports do not meet minimum stan...

Veteran gold miner robbed of gun, cash

26 August, 2014

Veteran gold miner robbed of gun, cash

Gold miner Frederick Mc Wilfred was Monday night robbed of his gun and cash at k...

Sheriff’s sergeant helps send two ambulances to Guyana

26 August, 2014

Sheriff’s sergeant helps send two ambulances to Guyana

(LAKER/LUTZ NEWS).-Guyana Development Mission International, an international re...

"Conversations on Citizenship" begins this week

26 August, 2014

"Conversations on Citizenship" begins this week

The Janus Cultural Policy Initiative (JCPI) will be hosting Conversations on Cit...

Elderly man on bail for allegedly causing death of UG worker

26 August, 2014

Elderly man on bail for allegedly causing death of UG worker

An elderly man was Tuesday granted GUY$1 million bail after he denied causing th...

Vandalism, excavation cost GT&T US$3 million; section of G/town latest affected

26 August, 2014

Vandalism, excavation cost GT&T US$3 million; section of…

Even as Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) technicians work fever...

Break and enter report made against Sooba's bodyguard

26 August, 2014

Break and enter report made against Sooba's bodyguard

Mayor Hamilton Green, and Deputy Mayor Patricia Chase-Green Tuesday afternoon re...

Second man charged with robbery-murder of businessman outside Botanical Gardens

26 August, 2014

Second man charged with robbery-murder of businessman outsid…

A small-scale gold miner was Tuesday arraigned for the murder of a businessman d...

Updated: Town Clerk Sooba gains entry to office; calls in national police

26 August, 2014

Updated: Town Clerk Sooba gains entry to office; calls in na…

Georgetown Town Clerk, Carol Sooba is back in her office after boards were pulle...

Miners disinterested in other metals, precious stones- GGMC official

25 August, 2014

Miners disinterested in other metals, precious stones- GGMC …

Guyanese gold and diamond miners are resisting getting into the mining of other ...

City Council's Public Relations Officer on forgery charge

25 August, 2014

City Council's Public Relations Officer on forgery charge

Public Relations Officer of the Georgetown Municipality, Royston King was Monday...

Motive for killing waitress unclear; face of perpetrator captured on video

25 August, 2014

Motive for killing waitress unclear; face of perpetrator cap…

Police were not immediately clear what was the motive behind Saturday’s night’s ...

CPL committee rubberstamps result of disputed final

24 August, 2014

CPL committee rubberstamps result of disputed final

(CRICINFO).-The Caribbean Premier League's (CPL) cricket tournament committee ha...

Updated: Suspected gunman dies; family disputes police account

24 August, 2014

Updated: Suspected gunman dies; family disputes police accou…

A suspect, who allegedly dropped a gun and ammunition after he was shot, died at...

Recommended News Links

Recommended Radio Links

Other News and Opinion Wesbsites