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Bequia authors publish book, magazine

Bequia authors publish book, magazine


Last Sunday, December 13, Patrick Hutchins and Trachia Simmons, both of Bequia, hosted a joint release of their book and magazine to the public.

Trachia Simmons, known by many as Tracy, is an aspiring young author who self-published an anthology of short stories in a book she titled “My Mind’s Eye.” The stories are based chiefly on Vincentian culture, dialect and lifestyle.{{more}} Each story brings the reader that much closer to the reality of what it is like to live in St Vincent and the Grenadines, through the eyes of both children and adults. Her aim is to provide entertainment through a variety of partially humorous situations and witty characters, while sensitizing non-natives and reminding nationals of the rich culture and traditions which makes a true Vincentian. This compilation also seeks to provide Vincentians worldwide of all ages and walks of life with literary work which they can relate to or reminisce on and a language (dialect) which is their own.

Famed storyteller and manager of the Bequia Bookshop Cheryl Johnson, who critiqued and reviewed the book before print, read two stories from My Mind’s Eye for persons in attendance. The stories were well received.

Patrick C Hutchins, a talented and artistic photographer in Bequia, also self-published and launched his work. Patrick was inspired to produce a magazine as a way to present his photography, which captures scenes of life on Bequia; the body of work is called “Wandering the 13th Parallel”. The magazine is so titled because the 13th parallel (line of latitude) passes through only 23 land masses on earth and one of those happens to be his island Bequia. In addition to his magazine, Patrick also showcased a riveting array of his work in a photo gallery style exhibition. The walls were draped with breathtaking sunsets, a kaleidoscope of colours captured in the nature shots and stunning portraits. Pictures are on display at Patrick’s photo studio in Port Elizabeth.

Both authors indicate that they will be following up on their work and are proud to have the support of their community, friends and family.