Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson was born in the island of Dominica and is a founder member of the Dominica Writer’s Guild registered in 1981. He has won eight National poetry competitions, the most by any writer in his country. ‘Jacko’ as he is affectionately called, is a 2013 recipient the of the Golden Drum award for Literature and song writing, the highest cultural award of his country.

He’s a teacher, a leading song writer, musician and free- lance columnist for the Sun Newspaper in Dominica. He won a Creative Writing Fellowship to the Florida State University in 1994 and  holds an MBA  from Leicester University with specialism in Marketing.

His lifelong dedication as an artist and the documentation of the same, has led him to this publication  called: SPOTLIGHTING THE ARTS which he dedicates to his two children Kiwani and Janae and  also to the readers of his weekly column – Spotlight.

Cassilda J. Thomas Brookes

Born in Anguilla in 1989, Mrs. Cassilda Thomas Brookes has always had a passion for reading and writing, particularly stories for children and poetry. She is a 2006 graduate of the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School and currently holds the position of Library Assistant and facilitator of the Children Reading Program at the Anguilla Library Service. She is a first and second prize winner of the Anguilla Library Annual Malliouhana Poetry Competition and her work has appeared in the local newspaper “The Anguillan” and in the Anthology, “Where I See The Sun: Contemporary Poetry in Anguilla” under the pen name “Darkangel.”

She is also a member and has performed with the following organizations; The Sunshine Theatre Company, The Klassique Academy of Dance and Performing Arts, The Under Ground Poetry Group and the Anguilla Toastmasters Club which all play a major role in honing her craft. She is married and lives in Anguilla with her two children and husband, Mr. Awlton Brookes who illustrates all of her children stories. ‘Anansi and the Hurricane’ is her first children’s book.

Gloria Septra Augustus

Gloria Septra Augustus is presently is an attorney at Law who is currently employed as a Magistrate in Dominica. Miss Augustus is a 1987 graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science Degree, the holder of a Master’s Degree from University College of North Wales ‘Bangor’ in Fisheries Biology and Management, a Law degree from the University of London and a Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the University of Guyana. Prior to becoming an Attorney- at- law in 2001, Miss Augustus worked as a Secondary School Teacher and a Senior Fisheries Officer of the Fisheries Development Division.

She is also a trained Mediator and has received certificate in Introduction to Counseling.

She has been involved in film and drama as Producer, Director and Writer. She also writes short stories,( what a life, Reality comes after a Fall, End of the Cycle, Piti Ke vini Gwan, Picking up the Pieces, Blood talking etc) poems and plays, ( Is so we stay, Make the Move, It only takes One, Talk on the Block) some for which she has been awarded prizes. Her only full length play ‘It Only Takes One….’ was adapted to a movie. She has also written and produced two teaching videos on sexual abuse against minors, short plays for television highlighting Climate Change issues and another on consequences of involvement in drugs by minors in a dysfunctional family. She has documented several of her other literary works. Miss Augustus has attended several training courses for the audio visual sector. Miss Augustus has recently completed the screenplay version of her short story “Pretending Reality’ which highlights the pain of a youngster wanting to confirm the identity of his father.  The book “They Tell me to Tell you.” is her first collection of short stories.

Yvonne Sam

Yvonne Sam was born in Guyana but currently resides in Montreal, Canada. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the Mc Gill University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Athabasca University, a New York State Nursing Licensure from Pace University, and a Diploma in Education from the Concordia University.

She also holds the title of State Registered Nurse, State Certified Midwife and State Registered Mental Nurse from England, having trained and resided there for over thirteen years. She has worked as a Clinical Charge Nurse, a Nursing Examiner for the Order of Nurses of Quebec and a Secondary School teacher with the English Montreal School Board for over two decades

She is a newspaper columnist for the Montreal Community Contact, where she writes a column on family life, community, educational and social issues and for which she won the best column prize from the Quebec Community Newspaper Association in 2004. Yvonne Sam was the recipient of the 2014 Governor General of Canada Caring Citizen Award, and was among the 2014 Montreal Black History Month Laureates. Although now retired she continues writing on social and political issues in the Montreal Gazette, Huffington Post, Pride Magazine and the Montreal Community Contact. She is the author of one published book of poetry entitled Life’s Many Faces which won the Editor’s Choice Award from the U.S National Library of Poetry. Behind The Scenes in Nursing ( ISBN 978-976-95897-4-2) is her second book.

Peggy Carr

Peggy Carr is a journalist, writer, poet, wanderer and storyteller. Her nomad spirit has taken her from her home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean to Taiwan on the other side of the world, where she works in the news media.

Her love of storytelling spurred the creation of SHAPE OF A WARRIOR, her first young adult historical fiction novel.

Early in her writing career, Peggy won a prestigious BCC poetry prize, which motivated her to start publishing her poems. Her most popular collection, HONEY AND LIME, contains a section that speaks to the youth of her country in Vincentian dialect.

Her poems have also been published in anthologies around the world, from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom and as far as New Zealand. In 2014, she was selected by the BCC as her country’s representative poet in the BBC Scotland’s Poetry Postcard series for the Commonwealth Games.

Peggy is a Cultural Ambassador of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Apart from writing, she loves going on various types of adventures with her three children, two granddaughters, and numerous other relatives and friends. Shape of a Warrior is her first novel.