VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective

VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective (my literary home but now defunct unfortunately) emerged out of a group of Barbadian writers sharing their work at a little cafe in Dalkeith Road, to celebrate Barbados’ anniversary of Independence. It became one of the 1st forums where writers were paid to be featured.

Founder (the right irie) Nailah Folami Imoja was the 1st Co-ordinator and the “talking stick” was passed down and down and down.

VOICES Co-ordinators:

  • Nailah Imoja (Founder)
  • Sandra Sealy
  • Katy Gash
  • Latisha Greaves
  • Stacia Burrowes
  • Debbie Callender.

This group was a creative hub for encouragement, open mic (refreshments!) and an avenue for growth.

Run voluntarily with goodwill, periodic sponsorship and donations, meetings were held the last Friday of every month at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Visiting writers and those who appreciate literature of all kinds were welcomed.

Readings with features were scheduled and new writers emerged at Open Mic, where you could meet Bajan writers online


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - seawomancreativmedia.co Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.com; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com. Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at Contently.com

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One comment on “VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective
  1. […] press NY, Kyk-over-al, July 1991; Trinidadian New Voices and in Banja, created by The NCF and VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective. In 2000, has won the third prize in the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, and in 2002 the Prime […]

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