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Guyana Speaks commemorates Indian Arrival Day

Guyana Speaks commemorates Indian Arrival Day

| by Tooting Newsie | Posted in News, Food & Drink
Guyana Speaks

In celebration of the forthcoming, Indian Arrival Day (5th May) and the on-going centenary of the abolition of Indenture in the British Empire (2017-2020), Guyana SPEAKS is hosting an event on Sunday, 29th April (2-5pm) entitled ‘Indo-Guyanese Pioneers’. Three guests – Oonya Kempadoo (via Skype), Prof. Clem Seecharan, and Arif Ali will speak on the day. 

The programme will be rounded off with a Q&A, followed by tabla drumming by Cayden Sukhu. A complimentary drink will be available afterwards, with Guyanese food for purchase.  

The event takes place at The Classic, 28 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7PG. Tickets are available here.

Speaker bios:

Oonya Kempadoo: Born in Guyana, Oonya has lived in Europe and worked for most of her life in various Caribbean islands. A creative writer and author of three novels: Buxton Spice, Tide Running and All Decent Animals, she was named a “Great Talent for the 21st Century” by the Orange Prize judges and awarded a Casa De Las Americas Prize in 2002.  Based in Grenada, Oonya works in as a consultant, researcher and educator, focusing on social development and cross-disciplinary dialogue. She is co-founder and director of Grenada Community Library and member of PEN America. Oonya will talk (via Skype) about the pioneering life of her novelist father, Peter Kempadoo.

Arif Ali: Born in Danielstown, Guyana in 1935. He migrated to London in 1957 where he founded Hansib (1970), a pioneering publisher that disseminated publications of relevance to Britain’s black community, alongside New Beacon Books (1966) and Bogle L’Ouverture (1968). By the 1980’s he was publishing 3 weekly papers and 2 monthly magazines, employing a total of 140 staff.  The circulation of the weekly Caribbean Times peaked at 28,000, averaging around 10,000. In all his publications, Arif was reaching a readership of about half a million people. Hansib remains the biggest and most diverse black book publisher in Britain. Arif will be talking about his extraordinary life and achievements.

Clem Seecharan (BA, MA, PhD): Resident in Britain since 1986, Clem was born and raised in East Berbice-Corentyne. He completed his doctorate in History at the University of Warwick in 1990, became Head of Caribbean Studies at the London Metropolitan University in 1994 where he taught for many years, and was awarded a Professorship in 2002. Winner of the Elsa Gouveia Prize, he is widely recognised as a distinguished Caribbean historian and author of numerous publications on the Indo-Guyanese experience and West Indian Cricket. Clem, a pioneer in his own right, will be talking about the life of Cheddi Jagan.

Cayden Sukhu: 7-year old Cayden is of Guyanese heritage, with grandparents hailing from Georgetown and West Coast Demerara. He regularly attends the London Sevashram Sangha temple (linked to an Ashram in Cove & John, East Coast Demerara) where he enjoys being involved in all aspects of the Hindu Dharma and playing the tabla drum. Cayden will be sharing his passion for the latter at the event.

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