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.