Osborne, Shirley

Shirley Osborne is a writer and an insatiable reader, a social entrepreneur, a women’s leadership advocate and the immediate past Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly.

Most recently, Shirley curated The Montserrat BrainTrust Alphabet Book, a picture book of the flora, fauna, culture and language of Montserrat, authored by a group of nine students at the Montserrat BrainTrust AfterSchool, and intended for children of primary school age.
Shirley is a Simmons University, MBA.

She is utterly unable to deny herself the joys of the Caribbean Sea, and her most enjoyable evenings are those in which the activities include dance, good food, good conversation and good friends.

Gerald, Ian

A native of Montserrat, Ian Gerald pursued his love of the visual arts in Photography, and quickly established a reputation as a professional and talented photographer. This was also highlighted internationally when he gained the title of Award-Winning Photographer from the Commonwealth in 2016. Read More

Farrell, Vanessa Ingrid

Vanessa Ingrid Farrell is a speaker, best-selling author, CEO, and founder of Vanessa Ingrid (VI) Health & Wellness Coaching, LLC.

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Walker, Sade

Author and Founder of the H.E.R.O Restore Project, Sade Walker was born with profound hearing loss on the beautiful twin island, Trinidad and Tobago.

She identifies as ‘Hard of Hearing’ and experienced bullying in her primary years. As an academic, Sade is an advocate for life-long learning. Sade is a graduate with two degrees – a bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration. Presently, she is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Trinidad and Tobago in which her current research is on Social Entrepreneurship and Persons with Disabilities. Read More

Whiskey-John, Deanne

Deanne Whiskey-John is the author of UMPH and The Caribbean Math Stories Series and has a successful 34-year track record in education. Read More

Dewar, Ann Marie

Ann Marie Dewar is a trained teacher, and freelance training designer and facilitator, who holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of London. Read More

Arrindell, Dr. Rhoda

I was born in Curacao and raised in St. Martin, both Caribbean territories administered by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

In 1985, I began my university studies at the University of Miami and in 1989 graduated from Syracuse University in New York with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. That year, I returned home and was employed at the University of St. Martin, coordinating the English-as-a-Second Language program and teaching English. Read More

Clarke, Coryn Anaya

Coryn Anaya Clarke is a little girl with big dreams. At just seven years old, she has already been written into the history books of her country as the youngest published author in Trinidad and Tobago.

Her first book Chronicles of Coryn: 7 Days of Fun, was written and published in 2020 when she was just four years old. It was named one of
the most popular children’s books in the world. Read More

Badejo, Fabian

Fabian Adekunle Badejo_Copyright 2021

Fabian Adekunle Badejo (St. Martin), author of Claude – A Portrait of Power, Salted Tongues – Modern Literature in St. Martin, and Fantasies – Love-making poems. He has produced concerts by kaisonian Mighty Dow and humorists Paul Keens Douglas and
Fernando Clark. He has directed plays and film documentaries and presented scholarly papers on St. Martin’s literature and culture at regional and international conferences.
Between 1989 and 2005, the former Nigerian diplomat was the managing director/editor, publisher, and news director respectively of The St. Maarten Guardian, St. Martin Business Week, and Today Newspaper. Badejo is the producer/host of “Culture Time,” the weekly cultural magazine on PJD2 radio. The poetry book SOS: Season of Storms by Fabian Adekunle Badejo was published by HNP in 2021 (https://bit.ly/3DkT2xd)

Ward, Rochelle

Author, Rochelle Ward aka Faizah Tabasamu

Rochelle Ward [Faizah Tabasamu] is a St. Martin poet. She holds an MSc in Management Studies from The University of the West Indies. The English and Literature teacher at St. Maarten Academy high school has recited her poetry at demonstrations, slams, concerts, and literary festivals in Anguilla, Dominica, St. Martin, and Nevis.
Ward’s poetry encompasses womanhood, Caribbean nostalgia and culture, and the urgency to preserve and engage in nature. As curator at saltfish & Lace, she blogs about hair and beauty care, Caribbean lifestyle, and fashion, and reviews books. Ward is a recipient of the Catapult Lockdown Virtual Salon grant. He poetry appears in the anthology Where I See the Sun – Contemporary Poetry in St. Martin. The debut collection Tangle by Rochelle Ward [Faizah Tabasamu], was published by House of Nehesi (HNP) in 2021.