By Shana L. Calixte | Posted: March 30, 2005
Thanks to you all for your wonderful feedback.
CaribbeanTales is excited to share the news that we have received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to produce 5 Audio Books of works by Caribbean-Canadian authors.
Audio books bring out the very real importance of the 'oral' in Caribbean storytelling culture and will also provide great learning tools for many – both inside and outside of the classroom.
As Ramabai Espinet, our featured storyteller this month puts it, “The Audio Books project will provide a much needed resource in the classroom. As an educator I will be able to use them to bring to life the tonal aspects of a text, the sound system of Creole languages, a novelty to those who have not learnt to listen beyond a standard Canadian delivery, and to utilize dramatic excerpts to heighten the impact of a text. Audio books also maximize reading time because of the different environments in which books can be 'read'”.
Look for our first Audio Book Project in the fall, as we bring Nalo Hopkinson's award winning book of short stories, Skin Folk to your ears.
Among our offerings this month we've got some great clips from Ramabai Espinet's recent trip to Trinidad to launch her novel The Swinging Bridge for the first time in her home town San Fernando; Around the Fire, our special section on Tales from the African Diaspora features the final instalment of an interview with South African dramaturge and writer Mtutuzeli Matshoba; and, in Meet The Team we give you a peek into the financial engine room at CaribbeanTales, in an interview with Susan Panchan.
Finally, we have 2 tickets to give away to An Island Style Fete at Tropical Nights on the Danforth featuring DJ Wild Apache on June 18th. The first person to send an email and answer the skill testing question below, will win these tickets.
Which Featured Canadian Caribbaen author calls “home” Toronto, Ottawa and Trinidad?
Congrats on receiving funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Your hard work is certainly paying off. Very proud of you. Keep up the good work.
Posted by: Doreen Calixte at April 16, 2005 10:20 AM
That's great - Looking forward to a full sound celebration of the Caribbean in all its creole/patwa/patois resistance in english, spanish or french.
Posted by: Nadine at April 14, 2005 10:50 PM
Caribbean Audiobooks, wee pappa!
Thank you and Congratulations! A projection I uttered in the 1970's has come to pass, at last! that we should have audio books for the ghetto blasters on the block!
Jus me, Yvonne
Posted by: Yvonne at April 14, 2005 09:14 PM
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