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Saturday, 12 January 2008

Sabga Award for Dabydeen

The winners of the 2008 Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence were announced yesterday--and the arts and letters "laureate" is David Dabydeen, one of Guyana's leading contemporary writers, professor at the University of Warwick, an important figure in the field of Caribbean studies--and a member of the CRB's editorial board. Congratulations, David, from Antilles and the CRB.

The other 2008 laureates are: James Husbands of Barbados, for science and technology; and Annette Arjoon of Guyana and Claudette Richardson Pious of Jamaica, both for public and civic contributions. All four will come to Trinidad in April for the awards ceremony.

(Dabydeen has a new novel, Molly and the Muslim Stick, due later this year; three of his earlier novels were recently reprinted by Peepal Tree Press; his latest books are The Oxford Companion to Black British History, co-edited with John Gilmore, and an edition of the poems of the nineteenth-century Guyanese poet Egbert Martin.)

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