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.

A Trip Well Made: for A.N., Karl and William Seymour

Barbadian spoken-word artist Adrian Green: following in the tradition of pioneering Bajan writers A.N. Forde, W.S. Arthur and Karl Sealy.  Photo Copyright © by Fresh Milk Barbados 2013.


Carifesta XIII Before and Beyond

Connecting and reconnecting at Carifesta: longtime colleagues and bibliophiles Nailah Folami Imoja of Barbados' contingent and Andy Taitt of The Book Place.  They were in adjoining book stalls at Carifesta XIII held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Barbados from August 17-27, 2017.  Photo Copyright © 2017 Graham Bannister.


“…AND WHEN I RUN, I feel His pleasure.

China, The Dragon that Breathes New Perspectives

ArtsEtc intern Racquel Griffith: touching the dragon with one hand while still grasping The Broken Trident with the other.  Photo Copyright  © 2017.


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.

Kamau Colly Award wins good for Bajan writers

Many of our writers were upset when Kamau Brathwaite, who has been called Barbados’ unofficial poet laureate, won first prize in the 2006 Frank Collymore Literary Endowment competition for his poetry manuscript Missa Solemnis.  The grumblings were much the same January 11, when Kamau did it again, this time with a collection called Lazarus Poems

Sharing the sweets, and the shirts, with the Lodge School

ARTSETC is known mainly for its involvement in the arts in Barbados but we love it when we also get to explore the “et cetera” side of what we do.

When the Lodge School announced it was sending two teams to the Penn Relays in the United States last year as reward for their performance at the 2012 inter-school sports in Barbados, and for learning experience, we reckoned it was the perfect scope for such an adventure and jumped at the opportunity to help send the athletes on their way.