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With Grace Selected for the Virgin Islands Summer Read Challenge

Grateful. Fingers crossed that they like it and that it spreads.

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Images from the launch of the GSRC 2017 at Lockhart Elementary School on St. Thomas.

My latest book – the children’s picture book and Caribbean fairytale, With Grace – has been selected for 9th Annual Virgin Islands Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. It is one of six titles among this year’s picks for the programme, which exclusively spotlights books by Virgin Island and Caribbean authors. As explained in The St. Thomas Source , “The annual activity challenges students from kindergarten to sixth grade to read five or more books during the summer months in an effort to boost students’ literacy. The national initiative enjoys participation from governors of all 50 states and territories… students receive a packet containing two books, tracking sheets and a letter offering motivational words from the governor.”

Mario Picayo, who heads Little Bell Caribbean, also the publisher of With Grace, indicated that the book which has an…

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June 20, 2017 · 6:42 am

Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Patrons

Wanted to take a minute to bump this up, because we couldn’t do anything we do without the support of our patrons. So we want to say thank you and encourage you to support the individuals and businesses that support the arts. This 2017 cycle that list includes (but is not limited to):
Art. Culture. Antigua
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the Cushion Club of Antigua and Barbuda
the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB)
Frank B. Armstrong/Seven Seas
Jane Seagull (artist)
Joanne C. Hillhouse (author)
Juneth Webson
Paperclips
Raw Island Products
Sweet Dreams

More about all named patrons and their relationship to Wadadli Pen after the jump.

And, yes, there’s still time to get on board if you are an individual or business wishing to support the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Season. Just email us at wadadlipen@gmail.com

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UPDATED! to add ECAB

“Did You Know?  With its anthro- root, philanthropy means literally “love of mankind”. Thus, philanthropy is giving money for a purpose or cause benefiting people who you don’t personally know. Individuals have often set up their own permanent philanthropic organizations in the form of foundations. The greatest American philanthropists have included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but tens of millions of us could be considered philanthropists on a much smaller scale.” – Merriam-Webster
 
This page is our acknowledgment and thanks of our philanthropists right here in Antigua and Barbuda, and its diaspora, who continue to show their love during the season of giving which always precedes the Wadadli Pen Challenge season (which launches in January) by pledging to support our efforts. At Wadadli Pen, when it comes to our annual Challenge, we’ve always operated by the principle that likkle likkle…

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February 9, 2017 · 6:53 pm

With Grace – a Caribbean fairytale – Coming Soon!

The Antigua launch of With Grace is set for December 21st 2016 at the Best of Books on St. Mary’s Street, Antigua. Start time 6 p.m. Bring along a child and be eligible to win a prize. With Grace will be available shortly in the wider Caribbean and international marketplace. Thanks as always for your support. – Joanne C. Hillhouse

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I am thrilled to debut my first faerie tale.

Fairytales are, the world over, among my and many children’s introduction to literature…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (English – Lewis Carroll)
Anansi Stories (African + African-Caribbean – Ashanti tribe)
Bambi (German – Felix Salten)
Cinderella (French – Charles Perrault)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (English – Robert Southy)
Hansel and Gretel (German – the Brothers Grimm)
Little Red Riding Hood (French – Charles Perrault)
Rapunzel (German – the Brothers Grimm)
Rumpelstiltskin (German – the Brothers Grimm)
Sleeping Beauty (French – Charles Perrault)
Snow White (German – the Brothers Grimm)
The Boy who cried Wolf (Greek – Aesop)
The Elves and the Shoemaker (German – the Brothers Grimm)
The Gingerbread Man (English – Joseph Jacobs)
The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs (Greek – Aesop)
The Little Mermaid (Danish – Hans Christian Anderson)
The Pied Piper (German – the Brothers Grimm)
The Princess and…

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December 17, 2016 · 10:46 am

Nonsuch Heritage Club Students Attend the Opening of a World Heritage Site Exhibition in Kingston

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Three children and one parent representative from the Nonsuch Heritage Club (formed in conjunction with and to execute the Dialogues in the African Diaspora Museums Connect project between Jamaica and the United States) travelled from Portland to Kingston to attend the opening of the Blue and Johncrow Mountain (a World Heritage Site) exhibition which was held at the offices of The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/ Jamaica Memory Bank.

Among those in attendance were: Daynia Deans (President of The Nosuch Primary School Heritage Club); Hugh Wilson; Faith-Anna Stewart; Maureen Jones (Parent representative) and Venice Parchment (Jamaican Coordinator for the Dialogues in the African Diaspora project).

It was a proud moment for the newly formed Nonsuch Heritage Club as this was their first visit to a museum, first time viewing an exhibition and they were one of the first set of persons to view the exhibit. At the opening of the exhibit…

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March 6, 2016 · 11:54 pm

The Boy inspires Art…and Conversation

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The coolest thing happened this week. A teacher sent me some pictures  made by students in her class; the pictures, their interpretation of scenes from my first book The Boy from Willow Bend.
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I’ve received a few Willow Bend related emails over the years. The first one that stands out is from a university student in Italy. It blew my mind then that Vere had travelled as far as Italy and that she had selected him for her class project in her course on post colonial literature. “I really liked because of the kindness of the protagonist and the idea of Caribbean life and atmosphere it gave to me,” she wrote, adding. “I chose your book from the many my teacher proposed to me.”

Mind blown.

To more established writers, maybe a small thing – I don’t know; but for a newly minted writer from a small place a world away, that…

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February 13, 2016 · 6:48 am

School Visit – Blanchisseuse Government Primary School

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Last Friday I did something that I had never done before; I visited a school in the capacity of an author. The school was Blanchisseuse Government Primary School. As a ‘brain cooler’ Ms. Noreiga, the teacher who jointly teaches standard four and five read Selima and the Merfolk to her class. She read a few pages a day until they completed the book a few months ago. During the period Ms. Noreiga was reading the book to her class she would send me messages, telling me how much her class was enjoying the book and how insistent they were that she read to them every day. The children also sent messages through her, my favourite was that the book should be a movie. With all those beautiful, encouraging messages I promised that I would visit these students and read to them as they had requested.

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May 17, 2015 · 6:09 pm