I decided to schedule a series of school visit (about one per week) during the month of February 2015. Clare Hall Secondary was easily the first school to respond. My visit coincided with the schools’ event celebrating local authors so that in addition to a small group session with some fourth formers, I got to share the stage for a more expansive session with Lionel Max Hurst (author of Democracy by Diplomacy), Timothy Payne (author of Village Life), Sylvanus Barnes (author of Barney’s Wit ‘n Wisdom), and Floree Williams (author of Pink Teacups and Blue Dresses). I read from Musical Youth. Here are some highlights of that session in the schools’ auditorium – images provided by CHSS.
Timothy Payne was a hit thanks in part to two hitting devices including this one both a device of pain and punishment, and jam bull displays once upon an Antigua.
This is Glen from the Best of Books. They’ll be partnering with me at each of my tour stops.
Me. Either dancing or using my body to make a point. You decide.
This young writer (she says she’s a future lawyer) interacts with gathered writers.
The poster hanging during the presentation in the auditorium. I guess I shouldn’t have asked the students to name two authors not present for a prize with this poster hanging right behind me, huh? They guessed Sharon James and Joy Lawrence.
The prizes were copies of books by the Burt Award winning authors – Inner City Girl and All Over Again – consistent with CODE’s mission to get copies into the hands of Caribbean teens.
Some of the students.
W/teacher Ms. Shadrach (standing) and visiting authors (seated) from left Max Hurst, Timothy Payne, and Sylvanus Barnes.
Floree Williams during her presentation.
Max Hurst presenting on his books including Vere Cornwall Bird , When Power Failed to Corrupt.
And so it went.