TRAVELS WITH A HUSBANDProduct no.: HP211
Patricia Mohammed and Rex Dixon
The title of this book is a pastiche of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels with a Donkey (1879) and Graham Greene’s Travels with my Aunt (1970), neither reference is literal but nonetheless some parallels may be drawn.
Travels with a Husband is a journey about friendships and memories, about marriage, companionship and work, an autobiography in prose, verse and drawings, a travelogue, and an adventure in style.
The authors have journeyed as reluctant tourists rather than as voyeurs and recall their encounters from Australia, India, Namibia, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Most, but not all, of their voyages have been fitted around work related activities.
This book is also autobiographical because it records a creative and intellectual partnership of over two decades captured through essays, vignettes, poetry, doggerel, drawings and individualised postcards. Some of the verse makes no pretence at poetry but are nonsense rhyme, inscribing in memory a place, event, people or time.
Because it deals with travels over two decades, it is also about a development of styles and perception over this period. Patricia Mohammed's contributions are reflective of history or social attitudes. Rex Dixon, in turn, interprets, sometimes with humour, events and situations with different artistic nuances and mediums.
Illustrated throughout with nearly one hundred original works of art
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Patricia Mohammed has lived at various times in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Jamaica, Trinidad and the United States. She is a scholar and filmmaker and currently Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.
Rex Dixon was born in London. After teaching in the New University of Ulster in Belfast for several years, he came to Jamaica in 1985 to teach at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts. He has held numerous one person exhibitions in Kingston, Port of Spain and abroad and his paintings are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Jamaica, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and numerous private collections.