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.

Father Clement Stanislaus Jolly C.Ss.R.

Father Clement Stanislaus Jolly was a Catholic priest belonging to the religious congregation of the Redemptorist Priests and Brothers (C.Ss.R). He was born on November 13, 1932 in the village of St. Joseph in Dominica. After graduation from the Dominica Grammar School in 1950, he taught at the St. Mary’s Academy, a catholic secondary school of boys. He later migrated to the US where he was drafted into the US Army and served for two years. Fr. Jolly was professed as a Redemptorist on December 31, 1956 and ordained a priest on February 22, 1962 after which he returned to the region. He served in many parishes in the Diocese of Roseau, Dominica and in the St John-Basseterre Diocese- Antigua, St Kitts, Montserrat. In 1970, he went to the University of Rome where he studied Dogmatic Theology and later received his Licentiate in Systematic Theology from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. In addition to his regular pastoral work, Fr. Clement Jolly has worked extensively with the youth and was a strong advocate for education and feeding programmes. He has organized Quizzes for Secondary Schools which he moderated on the local radio stations as well as Essay Competitions for Secondary Schools and the Dominica State College.  During his period of service in Roseau Dominica he organized a Recreation Centre for Boys and provided games and reading materials for many who were at risk of offending.

Fr. Clement Jolly has published twenty-three (23) books on a wide range of topics including social issues, matters relating to the Church, Faith and Spirituality as well as Poetry.  Among his published titles are : ‘Adventure In Hope’, ‘Children of the Sunset’, ‘Rainbow Man’, ‘Word and Life’, ‘A Time To Remember’, and several books of Poetry including, ‘Song of the Dove’ and ‘Lilies in the Fields’. His last published book ‘A Year to Remember’ was launched in 2015. He was the founder of the Magazine “Building Bridges” of which fifteen (15) issues have been published to date. Fr Jolly was a regular columnist in newspapers in Dominica. In 1993, he received the Meritorious Service Award, Dominica’s second highest award and later the Golden Drum Award. Fr Clement S. Jolly C.Ss.R passed away on Saturday December 16th 2017 in Dominica. ‘To Be a Christian’ is his 24th book and will be published posthumously.

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.

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.