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Jamaican Author Jean D'Costa to Host Workshop on Writing for Children
The name Jean D’Costa has become synonymous with Jamaican children’s literature after decades of her works becoming signature texts in the island’s education system. The writer will be sharing her expertise on weaving lasting stories able to cast a spell on young readers a workshop titled ‘Wielding the Storyteller’s Net: The Spaces Between Words’.
The children’s writing workshop is being staged by the Jamaican Writers Society in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona and will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015, at 10:00 am.
D’Costa’s Sprat Morrison and Escape to Last Man Peak are possibly two of the most read Jamaican books for children. D’Costa has also authored Voice in the Wind, Duppy Tales, Ceasar and the Three Robbers and Jenny and the General. She is the co-editor of the collection Over Our Way with Dr. Velma Pollard.
D’Costa will be visiting Jamaica in relation to the upcoming Lignum Vitae Awards, which features a prize named in her honour. The awards, staged by the Jamaican Writers Society in collaboration with the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency, will take place at the National Gallery of Jamaica on Friday, November 6, 2015.
The Jamaican Writers Society recently released the shortlist for the trio of prizes that comprise the awards. The list features nine writers as follows:
The Una Marson Award for adult literature
The Cherry Picker - Patrick Brown
The Angel’s Share - Garfield Ellis
The Road to Timnath - Sylvia Gilfillian
Tea By the Sea - Donna Hemans
Augustown – Kei Miller
The Vic Reid Award for young adult literature
The Titchfield Turnabout – Paula Lennon
Gone to Drift – Diana Macaulay
The Jean D’Costa Award for children’s literature
A Different Me: A Better You – Janet Morrison
Duppy in the Wardrobe – Helen Williams