Providenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Today a new Turks and Caicos author is officially introduced; his name Bradley Handfield and he is the writer of a new children’s folklore set in North Caicos called, The Adventures of Auntie Fannie, Mattie and the Talking Potatoes.
“I practiced telling stories to my children and I would always see how excited they would become when I would say that old thing that we used to say back then, ‘once upon a time was a good old time, Babookie chew tobacco and he spit white lime. Monkey neck choke, dog neck broke and they all went to heaven in a little white boat.’ And I would see my children’s eyes light up every time I do that and they would begin to anticipate a story but then I began to run out of stories and I would have to tell the same stories over and over; so the idea came to me that I should write my own stories, make up my own stories and not just share them with my children but to share them with the children of the Turks and Caicos Islands and indeed the world.”
Scores of children will fill the Gus Lightbourne Gym today to hear a reading and to accept presentations of copies of the illustrated book for their school libraries. Dozens of individuals, community and civic leaders, businesses and politicians have purchased copies of the book for schools as a donation to their cultural education. The Official launch and book signing is this morning at the Gus Lightbourne Gym, 10 a.m., all are welcomed to attend the event where the Director of Education is expected to bring remarks.