Publication of the anthology :
" Four Hundred Years of Pain and Suffering"
by Leroy Calliste
and Selwyn Newton.
- Launch of "Lament of the Soul"
; First book review by Anson Gonzalez in the Trinidad Guardian:
" Young Poet steps boldly into print"
First poetry reading session: featuring Leroy
Calliste, Fitzroy Cook Jnr. , Peter Smart and Michael Als
at Oilfields Workers Trade Union's
of Spain Office. Several other readings staged at a
commercial bank and church parish halls and community centres across
- Publication of "INSIGHT"
; Members actively advocate adoption of International Copyright conventions
by Government. Memorable stage production of
"BLACK FIRE" in sister isle Tobago.
Leroy Calliste concludes a performance
tour in U.S.A.
- Tragic death of poet-teacher Leroy Calliste
; Afforded ISBN by Caribbean Agency; also
Owusa Babatunde appointed
Editor Publisher. Numerous readings across the country.
by poet / artist Leroy Clarke.
controversy over "
Poets" with their unusual style. Roi Kwabena
delivers lecture on local literature to local Teachers Training College;
lecture by Dr. Victor Questel
-"Nobody is coming to theatre, because it
has nothing to say "
- FUNDISHA cultural
exposition in Diego Martin commands national media attention;
"Redemptive Season" a literary event
with music successfully promoted outside capital.
Two young poets: Peggy Heather Hull
and Helen Williams
launch a season of new female writers. Veteran
lyricist- Iacoob Ibn Abbass
and community worker Omataa Ojungi
- In Other Words
enjoys successful run at The THEATRE
in Belmont, Port of Spain. Several performances staged in discotheques
around the capital. These events blended popular youth culture with local
performance poetry supported with percussion. At this time the artform
RAPSO pioneered by fellow writer Bro Resistance of the Network Riddum
Band also gained more popularity.
- Publication of Seko Tafari's: In Memory
; Christian Action for Development in the
Caribbean supports our activities with a grant.
Lecture on Women, Labour and struggle in
the Caribbean by
Dr. Rhoda Reddock;
Cacique Publications a local publishing
company seeks partnership and appoints Roi
Kwabena an associate editor. Works published
during this period included:- Is Slavery
Again- Labour History and
Bandit Garden- Pickers and Flowers- an
anthology of poetry by Michael Als .
Membership in the Writers Union of Trinidad & Tobago.
- Several exhibitions and readings across the country featuring many
writers and artists. Three dinner performances featuring vocalist-poet
Amalla Sayida, Sapodilla, Roi Kwabena
and Ateba Keneyatta
- Publication of C.U.R.E.
(Community Upliftment & Rehabilitation Exercises ) a journal of
- Publication of C.U.R.E.
, presentation of Manifestations
art exhibition; Tragic passing of poet /artist
Jamakie TUT Oyoyo and
Dr. Victor Questel;
Anthony Weeks appointed
- Our founder embarks on a Performance / Lecture Tour: Belgium, U.K.,
France, Netherlands, West Germany and Bulgaria. Links forged with international
publishers writers and artists.
- Publication of poetry and other works in joint co-operation with UK
based ) TAMARA PRODUCTIONS.
a newspaper serving the Afro-Caribbean communities in the West Midlands
- During a extended sojourn in East Afrika,
Kwabena is accorded the distinguished title
of Al ANSAARI
in the Sudan.
Publications Imprint launched in T&T.
- Khadija Saliyma
- Lectures and workshops for schools and libraries across Trinidad &
Tobago by Christopher Grey
Roi Kwabena. Exhibition on antiquity of
KUSH presented in joint co-operation of
the Insititute For Cultural Co-Operation of the
Venezuelan Embassy in Trinidad. This multi-media
display also tours other venues across the country with support of the
Division of culture-Trinidad & Tobago Gov't.
- Caribbean tour by Roi Kwabena
, several titles published by AWARE
. Plus Kwabena
Trinidad Public Library in recognition of the
of International Year of Literacy.
- North American and Japanese tour by Christopher
Grey, who also receives several national and
international awards for his community work.
- Roi Kwabena
appointed Senator of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. He also supports
and the T&T Government's hosting of CARIFESTA
. YOUTH VOICE
journal also invites him to address their third anniversary celebrations.
He addressed the formal opening of the
NIA Arts Centre
in Manchester UK.
- AWARE publishes
two more titles edited by Christopher Grey
- Valerie Griffith
presents Ghanaian historian: Dr. Kwaku Sennah's
lecture on the Afrikan Diaspora. Afrikan History Month celebrations
staged at the University of the West Indies ( St. Augustine Campus- Trinidad
) and other venues. Aware
PROFILE a cultural
journal published by
launched and Awards ceremony held. Roi
Kwabena embarks on another tour of Europe.
Third Edition of About The Caribbean
published in Germany, plus the anthology:
Manifestations through joint co-operation
and the University of Augsburg
publishes KUSH RECLAIMED
and the fourth edition of About The Caribbean
Saints Of Christianity; Further editions of
above mentioned plus other titles released. Two Exhibitions-
"Gathering Power I & II " featuring
Midland based artists presented in Birmingham, UK
- About The
Caribbean 5th Revised Edition published, also
" A JOB FOR THE HANGMAN"
- a controversial collection of poems by
An official online presence on the worldwide web established.
- Two titles of poetry by U.K. based poets published by RAKA Pubs.:-
by Sakinah Reynolds
& "Nelson Mandela's Dream as a Boy
" by Leon Blades.
The Multi-media exhibition
"Glory of KUSH" is open to
view for twenty four weeks in London jointly hosted by the
University of the Diaspora & Centerprise Trust Ltd.
. The UK Dept. of Employment & Education commissioned
Kwabena to launch the
National Year of Reading. He also accepted
an invitation from the Birmingham City Council to deliver the inaugural
lecture: "MOCKING SHADOWS"
for Black History Month celebrations.
- An International and UK Tour by Kwabena
performing selections from the Cd:Y42K
"FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS" &
"WHETHER OR NOT". The itinerary includes
cities across Britian and Wales, Nigeria, Ghana, New Zealand, Canada,
Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Canada.
Trinidad Circle of Poets honoured our Founder
at a poetry session at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain. Prizes
sponsored by RAKA Books were distributed for a locally organised Poetry competition.
Numerous workshops and lectures across UK, including a national extended
tour of "GLORY OF KUSH" " multi-media
exhibition. Hosted launch of BLUE magazine
RAKA also hosts performances by numerous artistes, poets and writers...including
CARIFOLK SINGERS (from Jamaica)KAALAMU ya SALAAMU ( Veteran Poet New Orleans),
Goldie the Poet (California), Historian Runoko Rashidi and acclaimed playwright-Lennox
2001- Celebration of our Anniversary.Publication
of a new work by Dorrette Hanson: "HANDSWORTH
THROUGH MY EYES" Our founder is appointed Birmingham's POET LAUREATE
for the period 2001-2002.