A year ago around this time, I’d just made my submission to the first ever Burt Award for Young Adult Caribbean Literature. As you may know, I placed second for that award and I am now working with publisher CaribbeanReads to bring this book, Musical Youth, to market as part of the prize.
So look out for the book that has been described as
“a very exciting book…very interesting narrative with music running throughout it…” – one of the judges speaking on my forthcoming book Musical Youth during the Burt award panel referenced below. Read on.
My relationship with CODE, organizers of the Burt Award, has expanded in unexpected ways, meanwhile. I have been helping to identify groups to receive copies of the winning books locally. I am a judge for the 2015 prize. I am currently putting together a CODE sponsored workshop for Antigua and hopefully some of the surrounding islands. If you’re interested in either the workshop or the books please feel free to leave a comment below.
So there’s a lot to look out for. And, in case you want to look back, I wanted to share audio links of the Burt Award ceremony in Trinidad in April 2014 and of the Burt panel I was invited to be a part of alongside winner A-dZiko Gegele and third placed writer Colleen Smith-Dennis.
To tease your interest, here are some excerpts from me from that panel:
“the relationship between the teens is what moves the story but at the core of it is this girl discovering her talent” (re why I selected the excerpt that I did to read)
“It was driven by what is this journey that she is on” (on what motivated me to write it)
“Any person on any generation can remember the first time I guy dropped some lyrics on them” (on making the story relatable to young people)
“A lot of the times it’s a question of making the right match with the reader…it’s writing that speaks to them…whatever they’re interested in, there are books that they can read…if you give them material that appeals to them that doesn’t feel like a chore that doesn’t feel like a school assignment, they will read it” (on getting young people to read)
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