Bookbird is a journal of international children’s literature. I have an entry in Volume 51 Number 4, the October 2013 edition. Here’s some of what I said:
“During a visit to Villa Primary school in Antigua to promote the annual writing contest—the Wadadli Pen 2012 Challenge—which is the centerpiece of what we do, I wrote that in making my pitch to the young ones we talked about using surrounding environment, taking note of the stories that take place in their world. When I shared with them Ashley Bryan’s Dancing Granny , encouraging them to keep the beat, and played a recording of the first Wadadli Pen winning story, Gemma George’s Stray Dog Prepares for the Storm , their eyes lit up because they recognized it—they recognized themselves and their world: “There I am! My life is the stuff of literature too!” That’s where it starts.
Wadadli Pen exists not only to give them an outlet, but also an inlet. From the beginning, Wadadli Pen has been about giving young Antiguans and Barbudans something I had not had growing up—I wanted them to see that they have a voice.” Read more.
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