April 30, 2016
I provided full developmental editing, line editing and proofreading for the young adult novel, Musical Youth, written by Antiguan author Joanne C. Hillhouse. The manuscript earned Hillhouse second place in the 2014 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Since its publication in 2014, the book has received some great reviews. Here are a few of them:
"Musical Youth is an entertaining read that reminds teenagers that they will survive their troubles. The writing is vivid; the characters are credible; the idea of using music as a thread to tie the characters together is brilliant. Hillhouse captures the angst of teenage love without being sappy or condescending." -Debbie Jacobs in the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian (Read the full review here.)
"Hillhouse speaks directly to young readers, but with concerns of colourism, class clashes, and society’s skewed expectations for boys and girls. There are no missteps in this tender coming-of-age romance, only an enthusiasm for love and life that reverberates triumphantly..." -Shivanee Ramlochan in Caribbean Beat (Read the full review here.)
"Brimful with resonant notes on first-time courtships; adolescent discovery; tightly-knit friendships and the rewards of discipline, Musical Youth deserves multiple encores — this is one young adult pick you’ll want to savour several times over." -Sunhead Magazine (Read the full review here.)
I write and illustrate children's stories and poems inspired by memories of my childhood in the Caribbean island of Trinidad; I write for adults as well. I'm also a Caribbean/Caribbean diasporachildren's literature specialist and curator of a monthly Publishing Perspectives interview series which can be found here.
Here are some books that I've had the pleasure of working on. More here.
In April 2015, I’ll be co-facilitating a creative writing workshop for children with award-winning children’s illustrator Colin Bootman as part of the Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Programme. I will also be reading my children’s poetry and story to young audiences at the National Library in Trinidad. Click here to view my schedule on the Bocas Lit fest website.