Children’s Festival Authors & Storytellers 2012


Five masters of the oral tradition travel around the country to tell stories to children and to hear theirs too.

Glenda Nassoma Rose Layne is an accomplished performance storyteller with a strong belief in the oral tradition. Her original scripts have won international awards and despite the demands of her position as head of the Culture department in the Division of Community Development and Culture in Tobago she finds time to practice her craft.

Theodora Ulerie (Auntie Thea) has been telling stories to people of all ages at home and abroad since 1984 through her Rise ‘N Shine Workshops. She is also a poet, writer and community arts consultant.

Lylah Persad, storyteller and actor, is also a creative director, writer, former Business Manager of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and founder of St Kitts Experience Theatre in St Kitts.

Miguel Browne, storyteller, dialect poet, rhythm rhymer, Talk Tent star and history teacher at St. Mary’s College is a popular performer of long standing.

Dara Healy is a trained dancer and performance poet who writes and performs her work for children through the Idakeda Company and on TV and Radio both locally and internationally.

Children’s Authors

Five authors of children’s literature will read from their new titles.

Kellie Magnus, is a Jamaican journalist and author of Little Lion Goes to School, Little Lion at Bat and Jamaica: Caribbean Street Food. She writes feature articles for the New York editions of both the Daily News and The Jamaican Gleaner.

Al Ramsawak has written over 300 children’s stories including the Monkey Polo. He is also an artist, folklorist and recipient of the Media Award 1997 for the best television documentary, the President’s Humming Bird Silver Medal Award 2004 for folklore/culture, and is the story time columnist for the Sunday Guardian newspaper in the Sun Shine children’s magazine

Gregory Thompson, author of a series of books for young readers called The Adventures of Mantie and Andy, is also a teacher. 

Omar Lewis, the creator and illustrator of the commercially successful The Wonderful World of Myat, is a Senior Lecturer and consultant on the UTT Animation Programme whose extensive illustration career includes with top animation firm Marvel Comics, New York.

Nahdjla Carasco Bailey is the author of Time for Poetry (Bite in) and Telling Tales From Saint Lucia.

Polly Pattullo is a journalist and a publisher of children’s books. In 2011 Papillote Press published The Snake King of the Kalinago, and also Abraham’s Treasure by Joanne Skerrett, a great adventure story for young people. Set in Dominica, the book is described by the award-winning children’s writer Ros Asquith as, “a moving coming of age story packed with tropical adventure.”


Special Guest

Kes The Illusionist, called the Caribbean’s greatest magician has been mesmerizing audiences for the last 10 years.