First and Some Seconds

“What a joy to be introducing New Daughters of Africa – a truly collaborative venture that will have an inspiring legacy for years to come! Enabling it to be assembled in record time, writers not only came on board with enthusiasm and alacrity but often steered me in the direction of others whose work they admire, lest these were not already on my radar. Altogether more than 200 living writers have contributed work to these page – an amazing party guest list!”

That’s from the first page of what I’m reading! And so far so good.

And this is my contribution to First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros hosted by I’d Rather Be At The Beach.

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And these children from a local school will be reading their first chapters from these books soon (they might have started reading already). This was yesterday, the conclusion of the #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda #discoverAntiguaBarbuda Readers Choice Antiguan and Barbudan Book of the Year initiative I organized as founder/coordinator of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize which I started in 2004 to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda. The winning author, Vivian Luke, author of F.A.K.E. got to select a school to receive primarily (though not exclusively, the kids added books from the Diary of… series to their haul, of course) local and Caribbean books (including four of mine – With Grace, Musical Youth, and both Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure and its Spanish language edition Perdida!). She chose the Foundation Mixed School and they came by the Best of Books bookstore to select more than EC$950 worth of books sponsored by five of our patrons. That’s one thing that’s new over at my other blog (see pictures from yesterday here) and another is the results of our National Youth Awards (which includes a win in the lit art category for the 2018 winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge).

Some of the new stuff here on this blog include a CREATIVE SPACE update featuring a Women’s Empowerment Luncheon I attended recently at which one of the featured speakers was Queen Bey’s (Beyoncé’s) longtime publicist; the previous CREATIVE SPACE on What’s what at Wallings (our main nature park) has been archived; also my Media page has been updated with a link to a radio interview I did about the Readers Choice initiative, my own writing, and lit arts in Antigua-Barbuda.

Hope you’re having a happy reading week. I am, largely because of The New Daughters of Africa, which also includes my story Evening Ritual. Receiving my contributor copy was a highlight of last week as I said on my facebook author page (that’s a hint to follow me there by the way).

Til next time.