Children’s Festival Authors & Storytellers 2013

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John Agard

Writer
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John Agard is a Guyanese playwright, poet, and children's writer based in Britain. He is a exciting and energetic performer, and his children’s literature covers a wide range of topics, from the more mature themes of self-identity (Get Back, Pimple!) and ecological concerns (We Animals Would Like a Word With You), to introductions for youngsters to life’s big questions (Why is the Sky?) and the world of shapes and geometry (Come Back To Me, My Boomerang). His workshop “Hello H2O”, for both teachers and students, explores how science and maths can inspire poetry.
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Animae Caribe

Performer
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Animae Caribe was founded by Camille Selvon Abrahams to raise awareness about animation and technology in the Caribbean. It provides an outlet for young, innovative animators in the Caribbean and exposes their talents to a wider audience. For over nine years, they have hosted Oscar-winning and -nominated animators like Daniel Greaves, Erica Russell, and Disney-experienced directors including “Proud Family” Bruce Smith and Bill Plymton. They strive to dive deep within, to empower, to entertain and to expose this wonderful art form.
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Nikki Crosby

Artist and Performer
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Nikki Crosby is a popular Trinidadian actress and comedienne of television, radio and stage. She co-hosts the Wake Up with Nikki and Jace show while pursuing a degree in Psychology and plans to open a pre-school, NikkiLand Nurseries.
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Vindra Doone

Artist and Performer
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Vindra Doone, a.k.a. The Great Alagazam, is one of the Caribbean’s leading magicians. He has mesmerized audiences locally, regionally and internationally.
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Felix Edinborough

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Felix Edinborough is a retired Secondary School Principal and English teacher. He has been teaching Creative Writing for nearly 40 years and he is part of the CXC Chief Examiners team. He also dramatizes the Pierrot Grenade, a traditional Carnival character who can spell any word and tells stories in his own unique fashion.
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Algernon Felice

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Dr. Algernon Felice is a cultural counseling psychologist, teacher, consultant, social activist, writer, storyteller, parent, and partner. He brings his critical view of and insight into aspects of culture and social machinations, along with his Afro-Caribbean culture, history, and folklore to life through vibrant stories that jump off the page.
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A-dZiko Simba Gegele

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A-dZiko Simba Gegele is a dynamic and prize-wining poet, playwright and novelist of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage. Her work has been published in numerous international anthologies. Her first novel, All Over Again, for young adults, is shortlisted for the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.
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Aarti Gosine

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Aarti Gosine is a children's writer, author of two books, The Magic Cave and More Adventures in the Magic Cave. She also works as a freelance writer and regular contributor to magazines such as Caribbean Parenting and Trinidad Weddings.
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K. Jared Hosein

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K. Jared Hosein is a writer, artist and teacher born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. His self-illustrated debut book, Littletown Secrets, revolves around a boy who sets up a secret-keeping stall and soon learns some surprising and magical things about his classmates and neighbours.
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Greer Jones-Woodham

Workshop Facilitator
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Artist Greer Jones-Woodham has been an educator for thirty years, and recently a senior lecturer in the visual arts at the UTT.
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Lynn Joseph

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Lynn Joseph is a Trinidadian author of books for children that feature her beloved island nation, including A Wave in Her Pocket, The Mermaid's Twin Sister, An Island Christmas, Jump Up Time: A Carnival Story, and Coconut Kind of Day. Lynn also lived in the Dominican Republic, the setting for her books The Color of My Words and her new Young Adult novel Flowers in the Sky. Lynn Joseph was Bermuda’s 2011 Writer in Residence and is the Editor of I Wish I Could Tell You: Bermuda Anthology of Children’s Literature and Young Adult Stories. She is an attorney and is graduating in July 2014 from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children & Young Adults.
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Kellie Magnus

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Kellie Magnus is a Jamaican journalist and author of the popular children’s Little Lion series set in Jamaica. She writes for the New York editions of the Daily News and the Jamaica Gleaner.
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Grace Nichols

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Grace Nichols is a prize-winning Guyanese poet and children’s writer. Her books for children include two collections of short stories, Trust You, Wriggly and Leslyn in London, which was runner-up for The Other Award. She has also written poetry books for young readers. She has worked as both a teacher and journalist. Her workshop “Paint Me A Poem” uses paintings as a source of inspiration for writing poems.
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Thelma Perkins

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Thelma Perkins is the author of Searching for Mr. McKenzie and Wishing on a Wooden Spoon. A former teacher she is an accomplished, popular storyteller who resides in Tobago.
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Lylah Persad

Storyteller
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Lylah Persad is a writer, drama facilitator, actor, storyteller and coach for positive thinking workshops. She is a Graduate of the Announcers Broadcast Academy, Institute of Broadcasting Careers and of the Caribbean School of Dance.
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Cherrell Shelley-Robinson

Writer
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Cherrell Shelley-Robinson is a former Senior Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Studies, UWI, Mona. She is the author of the novel Jojo’s Treasure Hunt and has written extensively for children’s radio programmes and magazines.
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Penelope Spencer

Artist and Performer
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Penelope Spencer is a seven-time Cacique Award-winning actress, writer, dancer and teacher of drama, storytelling and creative writing at many schools in T&T. She is a director of the Necessary Arts School and the Necessary Arts ETC.
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Theodora Ulerie

Storyteller
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Theodora Ulerie the founder of the Arts Education Resource Centre, Culture House. A storyteller who performs frequently at schools and at NALIS, her performances are vibrant with rhythm and songs rooted in the culture of T&T.
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Sash Consulting

Workshop Facilitator
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SASH Consulting is a values-based educational organisation that aims to produce confident, emotionally-balanced and socially-responsible citizens. Using their original “Wiz within Us” multimedia programme, SASH teaches children life-changing social skills, character development and mindfulness.