Short Story Reading at Local Library

Short Story Reading













Hello friends,

I have exciting news! In a few days time I’ll be reading my award-winning Anancy story at the Saint James Parish Library during a Literary exhibition organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). You might recall last summer when I mentioned that I’d won a prize for a children’s story I entered in Jamaica’s annual creative writing competition. Well, that’s the story I’ll be reading. I’ll be sharing pics and a general recap of the event next week so please keep posted :).

The event will be a great opportunity for me to showcase my work, mingle with students and meet other award-winning writers. It’ll also be my first official reading since I returned to Montego Bay after graduating from UWI a few years ago.

You’re all invited to this upcoming event. For those of you who live nearby and would like to attend, contact me via my Contact Page for more details. Talk to you soon.

P.S. I know some of you won’t be able to make it — after all, you reside in countries as distant as Australia, Sweden and even Botswana as my 2014 in review post revealed. But I want you to know that I appreciate you and will keep you informed about my writing journey, wherever it takes me. Thanks again for always keeping in touch and encouraging me on my journey towards becoming a better writer and citizen of the world. Nuff love 🙂



10 thoughts on “Short Story Reading at Local Library”

  1. Really??? That’s so exciting. I’m so happy for you and wish I could be there to hear the reading. As they say in showbiz…Break a leg (but not literally of course)


    1. Thanks Debbie. I’ll share a copy of the story with you via email if you like. Much of the dialogue is written in Patois so it may be a bit hard for you to read at first but I’m sure you’ll figure it out when you give it a try. Otherwise I could read it to you whenever you visit Mobay.


  2. Practice, practice, practice for the event so you’ll be your very best. Bask in the moment. All the best. Jennifer


    1. I most definitely will. Speaking of which, I just remembered I promised I’d check out the progress of your blog. I need to practice remembering my promises. Sorry about that. Will let you know what I think as soon as I visit the site. All the best to you too 🙂


    1. It was so great seeing Mark and Tiffany in the audience! They are really fantastic folks. I have a video of the reading so I’ll have to figure out how to send that to you. I don’t think I can post it here — copyright issues…


  3. Hey there
    My friend jhm, (we write 4 the same blog) told me about u, & gave me this link. Congrats on the reading of ur award winning Anancy story, at the St. James Parish Library. I have a question 4 u. I’m assuming u have explored ebooks & traditional publishing both In Jamaica and abroad. What pos & negs stand out 4 u?


    1. Hello Kathi. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve researched both and have learnt a bit in the process. I think the world we live in today offers more opportunities than ever before in terms of getting our work published. But there are still many challenges. I think firstly though, as a writer, you need to decide what you want to publish and how you want it to be consumed by your audience. For instance, do you want to publish poetry or fiction? The genre you specialise in, in many ways, determines the type of access you may have to publication. I started publishing poetry in local newspapers back in 2007 but after a few years I stopped because I felt it wasn’t really giving me the exposure I wanted. Then I sent my work to literary journals and was recently published in the Susumba Book Bag. I prefer traditional publishing for my poems because I think it gives me a stronger platform to be heard. It also offers the credibility that self-publishing perhaps would not support.

      In terms of fiction though, I think more opportunities lie there. It all depends on what you want and how much you are willing to do. There’s CreateSpace for instance, the self-publishing platform offered by Amazon. I know a few folks, Jamaicans, who’ve published there and many abroad as well, with varying degrees of “success”. It really removes a lot of the red tape found in traditional publishing and gives you more power to control what you produce.

      But it comes at a cost. You have to be prepared to multi-task and do far more than just write a book. You’ll need to get a graphic designer to help with the book cover and formatting — otherwise be prepared to do that on your own, which I wouldn’t advise unless you are very good at that. You’ll also need to market, network, and all that too (something most claim writers aren’t naturally gifted at). The great thing though is that you already have a blog so you’ve been developing your own community of readers. Oh, and I’d suggest to hire a professional editor as well. It would be worth the expense. So yes, be prepared to spend more via self-publishing (at least, more upfront) than a traditional publishing opportunity would require.

      But as I said, it all depends on what you want to publish, the resources you have and how much you are willing to do in the process of being published. It’s great that you are considering publishing. Just continue to write and explore your options. Remember that you have more opportunities today to be published than ever before. Make the most of that and never forget to dream big. Hope this helps.



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