Wendy is immensely proud to announce her brand new book of short stories called ‘Caribbean Folk Tales: Stories from the Islands and the Windrush Generation‘ published by The History Press. It will be released May 2022 and you can pre-order it here.
Caribbean islands are rich in oral stories and steeped in history where ancestors had been enslaved. Many stories are of West African origin, carried to the islands with rhythm and song. These stories and their languages were blended with European and East Indian folklore. Wendy has drawn from oral history and written texts to bring these folktales to life. Alongside the stories are newly collected reminiscences of migration to Britain from Caribbean Countries during the Windrush years. These first-hand accounts mirror the themes found in the folktales with stories of love and loss, magic and mystery, caution and justice. Cric! Crac! Prepare to be enchanted by La Diablesse from Haiti, outsmarted by the trickster Anansi, or terrified by the shape-shifting Old Higue in Guyana.
Wendy Shearer tells stories professionally in schools and institutions across the arts, including The British Museum, Museum of London and Royal Academy of Arts. She is the author of ‘African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends’ and one of the authors of ‘Bedtime Stories: Beautiful Black Tales from the Past’.
To receive Wendy’s new book as soon as it is released, you can pre-order it here.