Saturday, November 6, 2010

Plans Blown Away

Hurricane Tomas blew away my plans for promoting Delroy in the Marog Kingdom in Kingston. On Wednesday, Nov 3, an interview on CVM at Sunrise was the only event which went off as planned. The Library and Information Association of Jamaica (Liaja) seminar, and the JCDC Creative Writing Awards Ceremony were both postponed. I also postponed an author reading at St. Peter and St. Paul Prep School I had arranged for Thursday, and for Bookophilia on Saturday. Not knowing what state the roads would be in after the passage of Tomas, we came home on Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Book Fair at MBCC

Chatting with Serena Cox of Novelty Trading at the Book Fair at Montego Bay Community College, Thursday, September 23. Copies of Delroy in the Marog Kingdom were on sale.

Visit to Sam Sharpe Teachers' College

On Wednesday, September 22, I was a guest at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, in Mrs. Sukaram’s 2nd year literature class. Thank you students for being an attentive and appreciative audience this afternoon, and for engaging in such a stimulating discussion. Enjoy reading Delroy in the Marog Kingdom! I welcome your comments. Please add them to this blog.

Delroy and the Marog Princess

My fans have been asking me what I am now writing, and if there will be a sequel to Delroy. I can tell you definitely, yes. The first draft of Delroy and the Marog Princess is finished. An ongoing project since November 2009, it gathered pace during July and August. A lull in school visits gave me the head-space to return to the Marog Kingdom. My next step is to read the new story out loud to whoever happens to be listening, and for my critique group and others to make their suggestions. However, with the new school term underway, my focus must once again be on promotion of the first Delroy story.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Island Fiction authors meet in Toronto.

On a recent visit to Toronto, I met Maureen Marks-Mendonca, author of Legend of the Swan children, another title in the Island Fiction Series. We met at a bookshop ‘A different Booklist’, where we also met the owner, Itah. She had bought copies of our books on a visit to Barbados and had ordered copies to sell, but there were some glitches in the supply train which we hope are now sorted out. Itah arranged for us to do some school visits. In photo, from L to R, Maureen, Itah and me.

School Visits in Toronto

Maureen Marks-Mendonca and I were given a warm welcome at Amesbury Middle School, on the morning of June 18. Some of the students we met were of Jamaican parentage, so were keen to talk with me.
In the afternoon we made presentations at Portage Trail Middle School to grade 6C, a class of boys and girls who love to read. They had already seen the book trailers and were eager to hear more about the books. Photo of us is beside an interesting poster about reading at Portage School.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Calabash 2010 - 10th anniversary.

My dream to read at the Calabash International Literary Festival 2010, at Treasure Beach, Jamaica came true on May 28. I was the third of the Writers in Residence (Jamaican writers) to present. The others were Michael Holgate, author of Night of the Indigo, and Diana McCaulay, author of Dog Heart. It was an amazing experience, reading at night with a bright light in my face, so I couldn't see the audience but I could feel the vibes and hear laughter in all the right places.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Link to Gleaner article

Here is the link for the Gleaner article. Being a novice, I hadn't figured out how to do this before!

Recent Author Presentations

April 23rd - St. James Parish Library in celebration of Jamaica Reading Association's National Reading Week. (Photo at left). I also read from 'Happy Birthday' Jamela by Niki Daly for the younger listeners.

April 27th - Mount Alvernia Prep, to grades 5 & 6. They too were fascinated by the book trailer.

April 28th: As a volunteer with Western Union's I PLEDGE (I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education) reading programme, I took the opportunity to read Delroy to an enthusiastic grade 6 class at Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay. I was disappointed that so many of the books they donated to the school were Eurocentric

Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer was on hand to take photos and report. To read the article you can click on my link 'Gleaner, April 30, 2010'.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

School Visits

What a pleasure it is to read excerpts of Delroy to young people. On March 18, I was at St. James College with a small but enthusiastic group of students. Yesterday, at The Junior Plus School, (in photo) I also showed my book-trailer with sparked much interest. The students were given an opportunity to search Youtube for the book-trailers for other titles in the Island Fiction Series. I also read some stories written by the students themselves - budding authors! Students, I welcome your comments and questions on this blog.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Author Reading at Irwin High School

Today I had the privilege of reading to a most attentive group of students at Irwin High School. They were hesitant to ask questions in the open forum, but several of them came and spoke to me individually after my presentation. Students, let me hear from you when you have read Delroy in the Marog Kingdom. You can post your comments and questions on this site, and I will do my best to answer you.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

WILDE Writer's Rendezvous

I enjoyed linking up with friends at the Writer's Rendezvous, put on by WILDE, hosted by Dr. Vernella Fuller at her fabulous Kizouri Cottage. Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Prof of Literary & Cultural Studies at UWI gave the keynote; Najjahed impressed with her poetry; Amadonna entertained with her dub poetry; and I read from Delroy in the Marog Kingdom.

Book signing at Bookland

On December 19 & 23, I read to children and signed books for purchasers at the recently opened Bookland on Union Street, Montego Bay. Delroy readers, I invite you to post your comments. Let's hear from you!