I attended a workshop on Writing Creative Non-Fiction on Wednesday, March 20th, conducted by Andrea Stuart, and organised by the NCF Literary Arts Desk. I jumped at the opportunity to attend, not only because it was a free workshop by a respected author, but because I am one of the Editors of an upcoming anthology of sensual memoirs by Caribbean women. I hope you know of Senseisha by now. Submissions have been trickling in, and it’s already shaping up to be one controversial read!
Oh so many genres, so little time…
Sample of my True Crime Collection
I have always LOVED True Crime. My good friends used to buy me True Crime and Serial Killer biographies as birthday and Christmas gifts. They knew they couldn’t go wrong with those – True Crime books or earrings. I always joke that if the Criminal Minds team had to inspect my bedroom (Shamar, you are welcome anytime!), they would look at my bookshelf and diagnose me a serial killer. What does your bookshelf say about you?
I even tried my hand at investigating unsolved murders here in Barbados, and had some articles published in local newspapers about the Canefield Murders (a killer who dumped his female victims in canefields), and the Pele case (the controversial murder of a local football star). Why did I stop? I hope in a couple years I’ll be able to tell you…
So…Back to Andrea Stuart – author of the books Showgirls, which was adapted into a two-part documentary for the Discovery Channel, and The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine. Her third and current book Sugar in the Blood: One Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire was published in England (2012) by Portobello Books and was published in the US by Knopf in January (2013).
I.e she knows her stuff. Below I’ve noted some key facts and tips that she shared with the workshop attendees about writing creative non-fiction. Those persons who wish to submit to Senseisha should pay special attention. Continue reading →
So this is supposed to be a writing blog, but it is mine so I can write whatever I want – and today I want to talk about food.
I don’t particularly love to cook, but I love to eat, and I love to see other people enjoying a meal I prepared. I pretend to be upset when food that I cooked is eaten in record time, but inside I feel a bit of pleasure that the meal was THAT good.
Please don’t mention this to my family. I like cooking when I want to do it, and not when I am expected to do it.
On Wednesday, March 20th, award winning Author Andrea Stuart will be teaching a Master Class on Creative Non Fiction. The author of Showgirls and Rose of Martinique will be sharing her experience and skills in this genre with writers.
A powerful tribute to women around the world was created by Barbadian poet, DJ Simmons. Read for yourself:
Your instinctive alarm clock is the morning air,
Rub tired eyes clear,
Open up the house to a home’s atmosphere,
Breakfast to prepare,
Got to put bobbles and bows in de lil girl hair,
Wipe de cold outta de lil boy’s eye stare,
Wunna got de bus fare?
Hubby come for ya kiss dear,
Everybody tek care today ya hear!
Your dance enchants me,
Immersed in your planned patterns completely,
Swiftly gliding your delicate toe tips skillfully,
Across the floor in your personal spotlight’s imagery,
Gracefully, reminding me,
Of what God saw he thought of the word beauty,
Unapologetically displayed and defined between and along the curved lines of your body,
Yesterday, March 7th, I was invited to read a story (thank you Arts Etc!) for World Book Day. Confused? That’s because March 7th is UK World Book Day and April 23rd is US World Book Day. Which world is it? The UK or American world? Anyway, I won’t complain about getting to celebrate books twice.
Days Book Store
Days Book Store, located in Independence Square, Bridgetown, Barbados celebrated World Book Day by staging an in-store open day event, where children read from their favourite story books, and then local authors read excerpts from their stories, and discussed our writing journey and the importance of reading. This event was not only free to the public, but had live internet stream, and was broadcasted on Starcom’s VOB 92.9.
Before I go any further I want to state how impressed I am with Days Book Store for their continuous support of local writers, and their efforts to develop future readers. It is so hard to find local and Caribbean books in most bookstores – many titles are found at the back of the store on ONE obscure shelf, but I guarantee that you can always find at least one local title in the display window at Days Book Store. Thank you Karen Austin, Keith Austin and the rest of the Days Bookstore team. We appreciate all that you’re doing.
Since the event was being broadcast live on radio, I had edited out all of the cuss words from the piece I was reading called Four Angry Men; a story about four old men in a rum shop talking about women, cricket and politics. You can imagine how much editing I had to do.
Marc has always had a way with words. This curious affinity has led him down a meandering path that includes being educated at the Barbados Community College in Mass Communications, stints as a copy-writer, print journalist, freelance writer and more recently a screenwriter.
Also very passionate about film and television, he pursued the Motion Picture Arts programme at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.
He enjoys reading fiction in general (Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is a favourite) and comics in particular, in addition to the cinematic works of Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams and Alfred Hitchcock.
Marc can often be found entertaining himself for several seconds at a time with several computer games such as action RPGs like Dragon Age: Origins, the Mass Effect franchise as well as action RTS favourites such as DoTA2 and League of Legends.
Bridgeland is his debut graphic novel that he hopes paves the way for many more.
Nailah Folami Imoja is a Barbadian/British writer. A teacher by day, she has been published in numerous anthologies and is the author of 13 novellas. These include titles from her Romance Series — Caribbean Passion. One of these short novels, Pick of the Crop, was published by Heinemann Publishing (Oxford) in 2004.
Her greatest opus thus far is her daughter, Adanna.