Shout out to all 2014/5 National Youth Award winners. Special congrats to Wadadli Pen alums who were recognized or participated in the NYA. Namely,
Rilys Adams, who was the featured speaker at the event, speaking under the theme “Challenging Limitations, Exceeding Expectations”. Adams, of course, is doing just that on a dual track as lawyer and author. These days, Adams is a Crown Counsel and a writer whose published works include not only her CD Laid Bare of a few years ago but newly released novel Sail with Me (Unexpected Lovers, Book 1) (writing as Rilzy Adams) She also blogs regularly here. Big up to her for all that. We’re happy to say here at Wadadli Pen that we applaud her strides and remember her when; that’s right, Adams’ early literary strides include being a 2005 and 2006 Wadadli Pen finalist.
Angelica O’Donoghue, who is a media entrepreneur as publisher and editor of online news publication, Antigua Chronicle. She was named Young Journalist of the Year for boldly cutting her own path and being a player at a very young age on the local media landscape.
She won Wadadli Pen in 2006.
Asha Graham was the winner of the NYA Literary Arts Award. Still an aspiring novelist, she is also the 2013 and 2014 winner of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize:
I also want to acknowledge Dr. Hazra Medica, recognized for her contributions in academia, who while she is not a Wadadli Pen alum is a literary artist and specifically an academic who has made the literary arts, and the Antigua-Barbuda literary arts in particular an area of keen focus, earning her PhD from Oxford in the process.
Congratulations to all the winners, and to the Wadadli Pen alums, to reference Adams’ speech, continue “challenging limitations”.