You may have heard that Musical Youth is on the Antigua and Barbuda schools’ reading list (that was another announcement in the Caribbean Reads newsletter announcing the Spanish edition of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). I hope this is just the beginning for this book (well the continuation as the book has been out since 2004, after placing second for the Burt Award for teen/young adult Caribbean fiction, and it was on a schools list in Trinidad and Tobago). The response of the teens who’ve read it gives me hope. I was stopped by some of them at Fu Arwe Subben, the Independence showcase. I had finished performing and was on my way back to front of house at which I performed so that they could tell me how much they were loving the book – read it X times, favourite character – Zahara, Shaka and Zahara being #relationshipgoals There was also the teen boy who wanted to know about this book they were talking about, interested because they had expressed interest in it – to which I say, yes!
Another of those trippy, unexpected, hopeful moments on the potholed roads of this writing life. Give thanks. And keep reading for a bit of my presentation of Musical Youth. For more videos, go to my youtube channel. Now, here’s Musical Youth.
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