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Boys DO Read

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This is my nephew, reading.

No. Don’t let the picture fool you. He’s not always found with a book in his hands. But when he is, it’s a beautiful sight wouldn’t you agree?

I decided to share this as a reminder to you – moms, dads, aunts, uncles, big sisters, big brothers et al – to first read to your children and as they grow, encourage them to continue reading. I decided to share this to counter the narrative that boys don’t read. Any child can be drawn in to reading once you find a book with a subject they’re interested in. He and I have read Anansi stories and books by Astrid Lindgren, and watched slavery drama Underground and post apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead (don’t judge me), and SpongeBob (ack), and Toy Story, listened to songs, and debated the outcomes of battles between super hero pairings (I swear his favourite question is “Auntie Joanne who would win in a fight between…”). These are all different forms of storytelling – folktales and fairytales to books to movies to songs to…superheroes. As such they are all fodder for the imagination and for conversation. Meanwhile, it helps build reading, comprehension, critical thinking, creative thinking, and (oral and written) communication skills.

I don’t mean to suggest that getting him to read is easy. It’s decidedly not. It’s been my great sorrow that none of my little ones have taken to reading as I did but ’tis what ’tis – I and his mom, we press on and savour the victories. Which is why she sent me this picture of boy absorbed in book and gave me permission to share it.

Recently, pulling aunt duty I reviewed some of his writing and I have to say it reflected the streak of creative potential I saw in him when he was a wee-er one – and would do things like describe the perfume of the flower ‘ladies of the night’ as God taking a shower or relate a memory of driving down the road we were then driving on for the first time a week earlier in a dream. For sure, all kids have that creative streak as they discover and name the world around them – the way my niece described the feeling of a foot waking up from sleep as “I have glitter in my foot” because that’s what it felt like to her and she didn’t know the ‘proper’ way to describe it. But I will say that, through several nieces and nephews, his stories are some of the strongest I’ve read for his age and I told him what he did well (which was a lot) and what he could do better (which is basically take his time), and he beamed. He is not a still child – unless video games are involved – but he can be still, he can read, and as we continue to encourage it and engage with him in it, the benefits will come through. That’s the hope anyway. I mean, you never know; his big sister is after all still in a book drought after asking me to read Rapunzel over and over in her infanthood – but still she’s emerged in to a young lady with a good vocabulary, strong views, capable and not shy about communicating them; so I have to assume that the efforts to encourage her to read have paid off in other ways. And, who knows, in time she may find a subject that draws her back to books.

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” – Victor Hugo

In the meantime, some of my tips for encouraging your child to read include:

modelling – let them see you reading especially at the age when all they want to be is just like you

read with them – especially at that age when all they want is to do stuff with you (it won’t last)

make it fun – during my time as a volunteer reader with the Cushion Club, I did whatever it took (including turning childhood favourite ‘red light, green light ‘ into a spelling game)

talk to them about what they’ve read – or watched or played or listened to …in time have them practice writing about it too…or drawing it if art is their thing…point is get them to explore what they feel and express it

take them to reading clubs and creative arts camps – there’s no underestimating the power of reading as a social activity – they look forward to it

sign them up for the library or take them book shopping – make it an excursion

set reading goals – my book With Grace was one of the selections over at Cherish 365 when the mom-blogger and her children set themselves a reading goal of, you guessed it, 365 books in 2017

don’t use reading as punishment – also don’t make reading be something they associate only with school – reading is fundamental but it’s also fun

pay attention to what they’re interested in – what is it cooking, football, dolphins? I guarantee you, there’s a book or several hundred about whatever it is out there

encourage books as gifts and package it with something they associate with fun – they’ll be inclined to look more kindly on the book, once they’ve exhausted the other thing

do other things with them – make reading and writing just one of the fun and varied activities you engage in

introduce them to books reflective of their culture – children need to see themselves – here, start here with these books for children by Antiguan and Barbudan writers 

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Those are just some of my tips as a writer, reader, aunt and volunteer reader of many years, not to mention founder and coordinator of Wadadli Pen through which we encourage children to write via our ‘annual’ Challenge.

Wadadli Pen 2018 FlyerWhat would you add to the list?

I’m linking this post up with the It’s Monday What Are You Reading #IMWAYR meme – the kid lit edition as found on the Unleashing Readers blog. Seems a good fit.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Oh Gad! ). All Rights Reserved.

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History Matters

“The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has established a regional committee that will be tasked with recommending ways in which the syllabus for Caribbean History could be revived to make it more attractive to students.

This is in an effort to address the falling numbers of students sitting the exam each year, which the regional examination body highlighted as a major concern in 2016. Myrick Smith, the CXC registrar for Antigua and Barbuda, said, on the weekend, that Alan Cobley, vice chancellor at the University of the West Indies (UWI), received the mandate in December during a meeting of CXC’s council in St. Kitts.

He said delegates at that meeting made several recommendations to improve the syllabus and it is now up to Cobley and his team to determine the next course of action. The recommendations include: making Caribbean History compulsory, pushing governments and education ministries into taking history more seriously and placing more emphasis on training for history teachers.” Read more.

I found this article troubling when I read it today because I think history matters; I especially think it matters if you are from – as we are primarily in the Caribbean – the descendants of people who were enslaved for hundreds of years, for generations, in this Caribbean. I think we need to know who we were before that i.e. our African history, how our journey shapes or was shaped by others i.e. World history, and how we became who we are today i.e. our Caribbean history. I think knowing your history informs not only the decisions you make today but the passions that fire you. I frankly didn’t learn much beyond plantation society during my secondary school days but I remain to this day a student of World, African, and Caribbean history. On the point of Caribbean history though, if we only knew. I question, for instance, how quick we would be to fritter away land rights if we understood how hard-earned it was, how tightly we would hold workers’ rights if we understood its role in building the institutions that hold up our society today, how much more we would understand our potential if we could see the men and women who emerged from our humble societies to greatness, how much more certain would we be of who we are if we understood who we have been (community, culture, character, values, identity, all of that). Our history tells us about ourselves and there is so much about ourselves we still don’t know. My two cents about ways to make history more engaging include field trips and tours to historically relevant sites (I’ve done it in writing and media workshops and seen how the participants’ curiosity opens up as they look at somewhere they’ve never seen or somewhere they are seeing with new eyes),

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One of my youth media workshops included a field trip to former plantation Betty’s Hope…but there is so much more to explore.

introduce audio-visual presentations (if there isn’t local media content and there should be options include youtube or creating content as class projects), creating content as class projects (have the students engage with the material in tactile, interactive, and imaginative ways), getting creative (Brenda Lee Browne’s Just Write held a workshop last year about building creative content from our historical reality, something like that); in fact, on that last point, I’m considering making our next Wadadli Pen Challenge a historical fiction challenge with the double challenge that it be experimental (to break with the obvious clichés). I’m thinking on it and will probably discuss with my partners. Bottom line though, history is important but it’s not just dates to be remembered; it’s lives that were lived and as far as Caribbean history is concerned, it’s lives with a direct link to our own. If we agree that we matter then surely our history does too.

 

As with all content on Wadadli Pen, except otherwise noted, this is written by Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and With Grace; also a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator). All Rights Reserved. If you like the content here follow or recommend the blog, also, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. Thank you.

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Merry Christmas

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It’s here, people (almost), the most wonderful time of the year…or so the song says. Whether your 2017 has so far been good, bad, or, more like, the rollercoaster ride of a bumpy Antiguan road or a deceptively smooth one (you know the one, where a pot hole as deep as the Grand Canyon suddenly drops in out of nowhere), here’s hoping 2018 is better.

A reminder to check out our most popular posts of 2017.
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A reminder to vote for your favourite Antiguan and Barbudan book of 2017.

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A reminder that I have a new creative writing workshop series starting in 2018 and that you don’t have to be in Antigua or Barbuda to participate.
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And if you’re wondering about the Wadadli Pen 2018 Challenge season, bear with me, it’s been a challenging stretch, decisions are being made; will update as soon as something has been finalized. Meantime, always feel free to flashback to the winning stories of years past and see the work and the writers we’ve helped shepherd  into the public space in 13 years of existence.
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Thanks for taking this journey with us and here’s hoping your Christmas is indeed Merry.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Musical Youth). All Rights Reserved. Do not re-use content without permission and credit. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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Where to Find Lost! This Thursday

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I will be signing copies of my new book, the children’s picture book Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure on Thursday 21st December 2017, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Best of Books bookstore on St. Mary’s Street, Antigua.

See you there?

Copies of my other books – particularly With Grace, a Caribbean fairytale, and Musical Youth, a Burt Award winning teen/young adult novel – will be available for purchase, and I’ll be happy to sign those as well.

With gratitude.

If you’re not in Antigua, you can still purchase my books. Please ask for them at your local bookstore and encourage them to stock them. Share this link.

Also, I don’t usually do this but I’m going to share some of the online purchasing links below, simply because it’s come up recently.

Amazon (US)

Amazon (India)

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (Canada)

Amazon (Denmark)

Booktopia (Australia)

Amazon (France)

Amazon (Spain)

Amazon (Japan)

Amazon (Australia)

Barnes & Noble

Tanum (Oslo)

Alibris

Thrift Books

FictionDB

…and so on.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Oh Gad!). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

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London Rocks, Just Write Antigua

Congratulations to former Wadadli Pen judge, Brenda Lee Browne, on the publication of her first novella, second book this year, London Rocks.

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London Rocks is the story of Dante Brookes, a young man growing up in London in the late seventies and early eighties when sound systems ruled the party scene for young, Black British youth of Caribbean heritage. He navigates the loss of friends, police harassment and being a teenage father while forging a career as an MC. Dante stumbles into the acting profession and also becomes a writer. It is through these disparate experiences that he learns that the pen and mic at mightier than the sword.

Also in the final quarter of 2017, Browne – whose volunteer initiatives in the Antigua and Barbuda arts community, in addition to judging for the Wadadli Pen Challenge, have included a creative writing programme in the prison, coordinating the Independence literary arts competition, the Just Write Writers Retreat, various creative writing workshops, and spearheading advocacy for a national gallery – published a literary journal (her first book), the Just Write Antigua Journal, made up of visual writing prompts which she captured herself during her photographic wanderings around the island.

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London Rocks is the latest addition to the data base on Antiguan and Barbudan Writing.

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Best of 2017

It’s that time of year again, to look at the year’s best (well, up to this point).

Using site stats, I’ve once again been able to get a sense of what drew views, interaction (likes, comments), and action (shares) here on the site. Since our goal (with the blog – the online platform of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and a literary/artistic portal to Antigua and Barbuda and the wider Caribbean) is to engage with our reader, this is valuable information that can perhaps guide future blogging.

Given their popularity, you’ve probably seen some of these posts already but just in case you haven’t or want to revisit, here again 10 to 1 are the most popular posts of the past year – plus five of the least popular (i.e. posts you engaged with barely, if at all, that you might be disappointed that you missed)

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#10 – Press Release: Wadadli Pen 2017 Launches

Wadadli Pen LogoThe 2017 Wadadli Pen challenge launch release – as issued to the media. Let’s people know, and we’re off…

#9 – Those who won’t hear will feel by Zion Ebony Williams

zion2 (2) Every year one of our winning Wadadli Pen stories seems to catch fire; and this seemed to be Zion’s year. P.S. Zion went on to place third in the Grade Six National Assessment of 2017.

#8 – Calypso Battle

This had to do with threatened lawsuit (by Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister) and censoring (by the Carnival organizer who insisted on vetting the lyrics, and the radio stations who bowed to the threat of law suits) over a song (Nasty) by calypsonian Queen Ivena (an artist who in the tradition of calypsonians like Obstinate, Scorpion, and others has always held the feet of the country’s leaders to the fire and called their name); as a lit arts site, I felt it was important to record developments related to this as it speaks to key issues like freedom of speech, artistic freedom/expression, and the role of calypso in our society.

#7 – From the Mailbox – Concerning Barbuda

Ben Rainey Guest post re literary project to aid Barbuda – despite the amount of eyes on this post and the number of shares, no (or very few) submissions were received (and the project was delayed) – a reminder that information doesn’t always lead to action…and that there’s always still time to help.

#6 – Wadadli Pen Challenge: Who Won in 2017

P_20170519_151707_vHDR_Auto Another Wadadli Pen awards post – this one is always a highlight as the ‘who won what’ posts is usually the first after the awards. A good spotlight for both our winners and our patrons.

#5 – Wadadli Pen Challenge 2017 – the Picture Post

Wadadli Pen winners The picture post is usually one of the last post-Wadadli Pen awards posts as it takes a while for us to gather pictures from different sources; for obvious reasons, because it’s an opportunity to see the winners and for the winners to see themselves, it’s always popular. It’s also the point at which, looking at the pictures, I begin to feel genuine joy and relief that we made it through another year – perhaps the moment, looking at the pictures, that it becomes real to me.

#4 – Wadadli Pen Challenge 2017 – the Long List

The Wadadli Pen awards is at once one of the most stressful and fulfilling times of year for me. It’s a celebration of the winning authors of a challenge I started as an annual project back in 2004 and it’s amazing to me that it’s still around, against all odds, after all this time. This long list, started a few years ago, is usually the first hint eager submitters have of whether they made the cut or not; it helps to keep the momentum going while the work behind the scenes continues.

#3 – Nelson’s Dockyard: On Becoming a World Heritage Site

Sometimes I read things and think “more people should be aware of this!” Sometimes that thing ends up in the reading room and sometimes in a post of its own. These details of how and why Nelson’s Dockyard became a World Heritage Site ended up in the latter category. It got a boost I think by being re-shared on the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda’s social media; so thanks to them for that.

#2 – Mailbox – National Youth Awards (Results!)

This (essentially a re-post of a press release) was also one of the most shared and liked posts on my author facebook; I guess people really wanted to know who the winners were(?) Kudos to Spilling Ink, the lit art winners.

#1 – Wadadli Pen has its first Intern – Meet Michaela

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This was our first year as Wadadli Pen with an intern. She was, at the time, a student at the Antigua State College which was the only institution that we reached out to during the application process. She, a former Wadadli Pen finalist, was gung ho from the get go as this introductory post indicates.

LEAST POPULAR – JUST FIVE

Building a Reading Culture in the Classroom – The title is self-explanatory; and it’s a reblog.

A & B Writer in New International Collection – Congrats to Tammi Browne-Bannister.

Reading Room and Gallery 26 – the latest (which probably explains why it doesn’t have a lot of views yet) in my series of good reading and art from around the web.

Keens, Arrindell and the Children of the Emerald Isle – another late year addition, this one from the Alliouagana lit fest in Montserrat.

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Mailbox – Lit Culture – This was a share from children’s book author, Teacher Cray.

As with all content on wadadlipen.wordpress.com, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure, and Musical Youth). All Rights Reserved. Do not re-use content without permission and credit. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on Amazon, WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.

 

 

 

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Lost! Book Chat

November 30th 2017 was publication day for my latest book, the children’s picture book, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure  which tells the story of Dolphin, an Arctic seal who finds himself stranded in the Caribbean.

On December 1st 2017, the illustrator (Trinidad and Tobago artist and poet Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné), publisher (CaribbeanReads), and I (author Joanne C. Hillhouse) engaged in a promotional live facebook chat, which I’ve copied (with minor editing and a bit of jigsawing) below. Oh, there were emoticons but you’ll just have to picture (most of) those; I’ll keep the hashtags.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Since I first read Lost! and started illustrating, I’ve been wondering about the true story of Wadadli the seal. It’s fascinating! Joanne, did the idea for a book come to you immediately?

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Immediately, no. Actually Wadadli’s story was some years before I wrote this. I was as surprised as anyone that it had imprinted on me in any particular way. I do think because I was doing a lot of school visits at the time and because I read to children as a volunteer reader with the Cushion Club, I kind of wanted to experiment with writing a children’s story. And the children at one of the schools I visited and the kids of the Cushion Club were actually the first to hear this story.

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Joanne C. Hillhouse  …An image of the actual seal Wadadli that inspired this story (quite literally finding himself stranded in the waters off Antigua and having to be helped home). I think you did an amazing job re-interpreting him and creating all of the other creatures he meets along the way, plus the world of the story.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Yes, I think this was one of the first photos I saw in the early stages! It’s sometimes hard with animals, to give them human expressions, but luckily Wadadli had those gorgeous eyes to begin with.

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Very soulful eyes, yes.

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Joanne C. Hillhouse …I’m always curious about a visual artist’s process… how did you approach this project?

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné …I wanted to get a feel for all the characters’ personalities, especially Dolphin. I wanted to bring out those qualities of curiousity and playfulness that make him so endearing in the book. It was a joy to illustrate because the underwater setting made it the perfect fit for watercolours, my medium of choice.

Joanne C. Hillhouse …I always thought your aesthetic and style would be a good match for this story. #superfan

CaribbeanReads …I agree this definitely fit your style. As soon as I saw some of your earlier work I knew it would work well.

CaribbeanReads …How did this story come about Joanne?

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Wadadli, of course – the arctic seal who had made big news here and in environmental circles in the wider Caribbean after being stranded in waters off of Antigua. The need to have an actual children’s story for this children’s author label I carried erroneously (lol) for so long (since my first book The Boy from Willow Bend). The invitation the story extended for me to delve in to fantasy, which fascinates me. And the characters, the characters are always a draw, the main draw, when I’m writing – the main character’s challenge of making new friends when you’re in a strange place and feel like you’re sort of a weird one yourself (that’s actually what came first and everything kind of filled in around that). So that meeting scene between new friends is the first thing I remember clearly.

CaribbeanReads  …Why did you picture him as a daydreamer?

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …lol projection?

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …He’s clearly a lover of stories – see his bond with his nema – and stories are all about living a little bit in your head. Plus it helped define him as a little bit different from his friends and provide an instigating incident for his adventure.

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …I say that after the fact; in real time, as I was writing him, because he was a daydreamer.

CaribbeanReads  …It definitely works

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Thanks.

CaribbeanReads  …How did that day dreaming influence your illustrations, Danielle.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Dolphin’s daydreaminess really helps define him, I think. It was the first thing that struck me when I started doing concept sketches of each of the characters. It set him apart from his friends…. aside from his nose of course. In the illustrations, I wanted his eyes to always be wide and filled with wonder.

CaribbeanReads  …You definitely got that right!

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …CaribbeanReads, as a publisher with an independent press, you have to be careful in your selections as your booklist is much shorter…what moved Lost! up the list in your mind? Why did you want to publish this book?

CaribbeanReads  …We fell in love with the story. The two main characters are so different and equally loveable. The words conjured up beautiful images.

CaribbeanReads  …We do have to be very careful about what we invest in but this was a no-Brainer. Children will love the story and the characters.

CaribbeanReads  …My only concern was finding an illustrator to do it justice. I think we all agree that was a success.

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …yep, agreed.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Yay! Such an honour. I agree that children will love the story and the characters. It’s a bedtime favourite in my house already.

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Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Danielle, have you illustrated any other books or was this a new type of project for you?

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …I’ve worked on a few illustration projects, but this was definitely one of my favourites as I got to do full watercolour, every single page! 😀 I’ve always wondered, Joanne, how do you choose illustrators? Do specific ones come to mind for a book, or is it a process of looking through several options?

Joanne C. Hillhouse  … Cool. It’s the publisher’s choice ultimately. But I was asked to make recommendations and you were at the top of my list …the only mark against you was that you weren’t Antiguan and I like to rope Antiguan artists in to my projects if I can…but I didn’t hold it against you (lol)…and clearly I didn’t know if you did book illustrations though I knew your art…and really it was your art …there was one underwater piece in particular that made me think heeeyyy …it was a woman sort of suspended and the suggestion of movement and at the same time stillness/solace…don’t remember the name…but really your entire oeuvre generally…, your style, your aesthetic, something about the delicacy and beauty and flow of your lines and the whimsy of your artistic voice (different in some ways from your poetic voice) that made me think you could see the world I imagined. I’m glad to know I was right.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Lost! was really a delight to work on. Thank you for inviting me to be such a big part of Dolphin’s story. 😊

Joanne C. Hillhouse …☺️

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Danielle, any particular challenges during the process?

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Working with a wee one-year-old assistant clinging to my legs! 😂 My little one, Rafael, was so fascinated by the illustrations. Other than that, not at all. CaribbeanReads was a pleasure to work with, and the story was so visual and lovely.

Joanne C. Hillhouse …😆😀

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …And thanks. I’m just glad  the story didn’t leave you uninspired. Lol.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Joanne, how do you switch so seamlessly from children’s fiction to poetry to blogging, etc? And you do each one so well. I’m in awe. #superfantoo

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …It’s not seamless at all, but it helps that I don’t think in terms of genres. I don’t like boundaries around art (and some of the snobbery that inspires it) either as a reader or a writer. I write from character and curiousity (the things I’m trying to understand, or in this case the what if…). I did learn, and this was the challenge, that editing something you’ve written for a young reader poses certain unique challenges – in terms of reading level, vocabulary, abstract v. non abstract thinking etc.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …That makes a lot of sense. I find that when I don’t think of myself as a ‘poet’ or ‘writer’, but just someone trying to explore an idea through poetry or painting, the work is so much stronger. I love that idea of writing from curiousity.

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Yeah writing helps me process and make sense of the world. So if you see me being miserable, I’m probably blocked.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …Me too! It all feels like chaos when I’m blocked. 😂

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …For me, it feels like being cut off from myself. Hate that space.

Joanne C. Hillhouse  …Oh, you know what else I’m curious about, the process visually of distinguishing between the world of the Arctic and the world of the Caribbean…underwater.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …I had to show some restraint with the Arctic underwater world, not go too crazy with colour. Lots of cooler blue hues, less undersea life. When Dolphin got to the Caribbean Sea, I used lots of warmer tones, swirls, different kinds of application techniques.

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné  …And CaribbeanReads was really great about giving feedback!

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Joanne C. Hillhouse  …p.s. for anyone who doesn’t know Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and I first met in 2008 when we were presenters at a panel Celebrating Caribbean Women writers in Barbados (early in both our writing journeys) – so thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on a project with her FINALLY – she is one of our distinctive modern poetic voices. Don’t sleep on her talent. It’s actually not fair that she’s just as talented with images as she is with words.

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(So that’s pretty much it. We opened it up to anyone to ask questions but, short of that, had fun having that conversation among ourselves; I think you’ll agree there were some interesting insights.)

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Joanne C. Hillhouse  …This was a rare treat. …Thanks for hanging Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and CaribbeanReads … Joanne C. Hillhouse signing off from Antigua. Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure to the world. #bestseller #speakingitintoexistence

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