Las Cuevas author creates lasting memories through her books

This is a wonderful article that was written about me😆

Your life begins (again) today!

I met the author of Selima and the Merfolk – Vanessa Salazar on social media. Months later she attended my first Book Talk & Jazz. We later we sat down at Rust Street to do this interview for the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Featured at the Bocas Lit Fest and several corporate sponsors backing her book, the author proves that dreams do come true and slow and steady wins the race. Success is relative but he/she who stays focused on their dream will surely get what’s theirs in time.

You have told me that I inspire you, but we are all here to learn from each other and no one is perfect, thanks for the inspiration Vanessa and good luck with your book series. Read the published version of the article here.

Visit to Blanchisseuse Government Primary School - photo credit - Louis Ramdhaniephoto credit – Louis Ramdhanie. Visit to Blanchisseuse Government Primary School

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Shortlist – Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

IMG_7171Congratulations to the fourteen children  who have been shortlisted for the Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Contest.

Winners will be announced on Monday 4th July 2016 and not June 30th as previously advertised. We apologize for this delay but it could not be avoided due to overwhelming participation.

The shortlist for the Trini Kids Can Write, Short Story Contest is as follows.

1 Exchange RC School Zane Romain
2 Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s Emily-Jayn Knox
3 Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s Ivanna Khan
4 Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s Isabella Andrews
5 Holy Faith Preparatory – St. Monica’s Ashleigh Spiers
6 Home Schooled Huzayfah Hosein
7 Lucia’s Private School Ariana Marchan
8 ROSEC Primary School Jeremiah Noel
9 Specialist Learning Centre Samara Sookoo
10 St. Andrew’s Private Primary Zachary Martinez
11 St. Andrew’s Private Primary Glovanni Monaco
12 The University School Abigail Pierre
13 The University School Johann Baynes
14 The University School Abigail Smith

 

Trini Kids Can Write Contest Launch

On Thursday May 19th 2016, I began one of my milestone projects. Together with Mario’s Pizzeria and Paradise Pulse, I launched my first children’s short story contest. The event is a joint initiative to encourage literacy and creative expression through the written word.

Fifty children between the ages of 9-12 attended the launch at Mario’s Pizzeria, St. Augustine. As you will see from the photos, the children were very active and to my pleasure, even the teachers and Mario’s staff participated in the activities. We had several fun games and prizes and a mini contest for the children in attendance.

The winners of the mini contest were Abigail Pierre, a student of the University School and Jervon Lashley of ROSEC Private School. Both students were surprised at their schools last Wednesday with:

  1. A voucher for a Mario’s Family Lime
  2. A Selima and the Merfolk book
  3. A Selima and the Merfolk t-shirt
Nichelle Grey-Smith, Abigail Pierre, Mr. Mario's and Vanessa Salazar

Nichelle Grey-Smith, Abigail Pierre, Mr. Mario’s and Vanessa Salazar

Mr. Mario's, Jervon Lashley and Nichelle Grey-Smith

Mr. Mario’s, Jervon Lashley and Nichelle Grey -Smith

At the end of the program students and teachers were served a variety of Mario’s pizzas and drinks, and four students were delighted to learn that Movie Towne passes were hidden under their seats.

Several students have already submitted their entries and a lot more are expected. Please be reminded that the submission deadline has been extended to June 17th 2016 and all information about the contest can be found on the contest page of this website. I advise that you subscribe to get real-time updates on the contest and other events to come.

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Congratulation to Abigail Pierre from The University School

Congratulations to Abigail Pierre from The University School. She is one of two winners of the Shop Stress contest that was an activity at the #TriniKidsCanWrite contest launch.

Abigail won a Mario’s Family Lime, a Selima and the Merfolk book and a t-shirt.

Congratulation to Jervon Lashley from ROSEC Private School

Congratulations to Jervon Lashley from ROSEC Private School. He is one of two winners of the Shop Stress contest that was an activity at the #TriniKidsCanWrite contest launch.

Jervon won a Mario’s Family Lime, a Selima and the Merfolk book and a t-shirt.

Results – Trinidadian Authors

With the exception of Stephanie Meyer and George Orwell, all the people on this list are Trinidadians and have done significant things for our country. However, Michael Anthony, Lynn Joseph, Earl Lovelace and Merle Hodge are all Trinidadian authors.

Sharon Millar, Paul Keens-Douglas, V.S. Naipaul, Lawrence Scott and Derek Walcott are also Trinidadian Authors.

George Chambers was the second Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

Peter Minshall and Brian Mac Farlene are Carnival Artists.

Wendy Fitzwilliams is Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe and Miss Universe 1998.

Results Trinidadian Authors