Deane's List

Welcome to Deane’s List. Mostly about the literary arts in and outside Barbados, but also about other art forms and issues shaping culture and community. Mostly informal and about what’s noteworthy and toast-worthy. But not above or beyond a gripe or a swipe. A randomized threading of the personal with the universal. A web, if you will, in the shape of a list. Spun as an occasional blog for ArtsEtc by one of its editors, a sometime-ish writer whose name is Deane.

On This Hideout Faintly, A Beating of Drums

Runners before the starter's pistol.
But where are the drums? 
Photo Copyright © 2017 by SD.


THIS RYHTHM is set before the collapse and closure of the spectator stands at the National Stadium.

Riding De Culture Train with Adrian "Boo" Husbands, one last time

Adrian "Boo" Husbands: a Barbadian cultural force.  Photo Copyright © 2017.


PICTURE IT. Black Rock Cultural Centre in the 1980s. Richard Stoute’s Teen Talent Contest. The early rounds. Upstairs, on a darkened balcony overlooking the packed, noise- and music-filled hall, a rookie reporter takes a breather. Out of the shadows, a figure coolly emerges.

“You’s Linda Deane from the Nation, right?”

Making Friends with Tom Clarke—and the Hangman

Sometimes, you've got to let that big blue-and-yellow bus pass if you want to reach your destination.


ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I was sent into a small, colourful primary school in the middle of St George to teach Creative Writing to the upper school.

Workman’s Primary has a population of about 420 pupils, a warm, family atmosphere, and I remember its teachers as dedicated. The building, with its lively murals of children, is set into a hilly junction, with roads doubling back around, above and below it.

Roots, rock revisited

In 1996, Kamau Brathwaite brought a group of students from New York to Barbados for a week to experience first-hand his Mother Poem. ArtsEtc editor Linda M. Deane was at that time an arts and features writer at the Nation newspaper, and was one of two journalists invited to accompany the poet and his students on an island tour. Below is a condensed version of her story that appeared in the Nation’s Sunday Sun of April 28, 1996.

In and Out of Worlds

Pupils of St Margaret's Primary in St John show their best "lightning bolts." We would use Usain Bolt's trademark pose and other fun stretches to prepare for our storybook travels. (Photo: S. A. Devonish)

The drive to Glenburnie takes you east to a part of St. John that is so far flung it is practically in the ocean.

I made it my escape every Tuesday for six weeks to read to schoolchildren there.

A WAY HOME: Haibun for Maya Angelou

She bid us welcome,
stay awhile. Showed us ’round
then said, Go on, chile.

Maya Angelou was easily, almost too easily, so much more than your usual triple threat. The singer, dancer, actress was also a rape-incest survivor, a madam at one stage, mother, university professor, Oprah’s good friend and, of course, international best-selling poet, essayist and inspirational writer.