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Starpath News — April 2019

• Tracking Jacob Adoram  We are in contact with  former Starpath Student Jacob Adoram as he rows from Seattle to Cairns AU. He left on July 7 and now, after some 6,000 miles of rowing, he is just over 1,000 miles from Cairns. To make this event into a marine weather study project we have created a series of Google Earth overlays so you can see live conditions of wind, current, pressure, and sea state. We have an ongoing series of short articles introducing short video discussions of his progress. Start at the first post to get an overview of what we are doing, and check the index of overlays.  Even disregarding the factor there is a row boat somewhere around where we are covering, it is very interesting to see the ASCAT live satellite wind measurements.  For a jumpstart, if you have Google Earth installed you can click here to load the KML file.

Our original goal was to try to get live measurements of ocean currents to compare with the RTOFS and the OSCAR predictions. This has not pro…

Best International Chart Deal Ever!

Well... that's a bold statement; let's clarify.  First, I am speaking of charts that are equivalent to official charts, as opposed to 3rd party charts, such as  Navionics or Garmin Blue charts, among others. Both of these can be good in some areas; both can be bad in some areas.  Sometimes these limitations are not just the chart, but the chart viewer. In most cases, these chart companies control the viewers, but some platforms are more versatile than others. Once these proprietary charts are then sold or licensed to other companies, more issues can arise, as they might, for example, license only some scale levels and not others. There have been notorious accidents traced at least in part to that issue.  But none of that matters here.

We can use paper charts or electronic charts (echarts), but for a "deal," we would have to mean echarts, because all paper charts are expensive, and rarely on special. Also of course, by "international" I mean waters other than…

[Interview] Author to Author: A Conversation Between Nadia L. Hohn and Itah Sadu

Caribbean-Canadian children's authors Itah Sadu and Nadia L. Hohn stand at opposite ends of their writing careers— Sadu about to publish her tenth picturebook, Greetings, Leroy, in May 2017 and Hohn still riding the wave of success from her debut picturebook, Malaika's Costume, released in early 2016. Both books are published by Groundwood Books, an independent Canadian children's book publisher, and both tug at the theme of immigration. Born to immigrant parents themselves, Sadu and Hohn inhabit a growing sphere of Canadian literary culture carved out largely by black women writers, many of them with Caribbean roots. They have both created black-owned spaces— a bookstore and a writers network— which serve as vital hubs for their communities. In the spirit of the authors salon, we asked them to dialogue without any planned topic or prompt and let us in on the conversation. Here's what they had to offer.

- Itah Interviews Nadia L. Hohn

Itah Sadu: What is the cooles…

Jamaica's Children's Writers Circle (1983-2006): A Retrospective

Formed by a group of Jamaicans in 1983, the Children's Writer's Circle (CWC) set a blueprint for what community-based children's publishing looks like and can achieve. In the 80s and 90s, their members, mostly women, spearheaded many important initiatives that advanced the enterprise of Jamaican and regional children's literature. We are honoured to share this never-before-published missive from the CWC archives with a current afterword by founding member and long-time children’s book activist Diane Browne.

The Children's Writers Circle: How It All Began

Lorrise DaCosta, Chairman of the Children's Writers Circle

May 2006

More than 20 years ago a journalist, Billy Hall, and a creative preschool teacher, Pat Persaud, got together, collaborated with each other, and became co-founders of The Children's Writers Circle. They encouraged their friends, and others who had a passion for literature to join the group. Those of us whom they recruited caught their vision…

December 2016— Relaunch Issue

As I sit down to write this, Christmas is just a few days away. A lot of us are tackling our Christmas shopping lists, trying to pin down the perfect present for a loved one or someone who touched our lives this year.

I find myself thinking about gifts as well. But the gifts I'm thinking about are the gifts of being heard, the gifts of being seen. The gifts of sharing one's voice, one's stories— these are the gifts that move the world forward and that's why publishing platforms like ours are so important. Publication is a gift and it's one the writers and illustrators whose work appear in this issue have earned, rather than been given.

They share their gifts with us and as we share them back with you, we hope something comes to life in you the reader. Their words, their art, their stories can, and will, plant something in your imagination, in your consciousness, that will bear fruit later. This is the ancient cycle of sowing and reaping that fuels humanity. If…

[Book Review] Dancing in the Rain by John Lyons

John Lyons (Author), John Lyons (Illustrator)
Peepal Tree Press, 2015
Poetry collection, ages 9 and up

Dancing in the Rain, a collection of poems for children by John Lyons, moves readers through a plethora of sensory details and experiences associated with the world of the child. Through a thematic focus on the art of dancing, which is maintained throughout the entire collection, Lyons presents a series of childhood events and encounters with the Caribbean’s natural and supernatural worlds. The culture, customs and landscape of Trinidad and Tobago are used as a frame to position the world of the child, but the world of the imagination, as captured through a creative display of sights, sounds, tastes and emotion, can be appreciated by children across the globe.
The poems are organized based on different aspects of Trinbagonian identity and culture, and celebrate and inscribe particular historical traditions and legacies of the Caribbean experience.
The poems can therefore be placed …

[Word from the Editor] What’s Important to Us? -The Value of Books, Libraries and Kid Lit in Caribbean Societies

Word from the Editor
Summer Edward

Today is World Values Day, an opportunity for us to think about our most deeply held values and to act on them. Earlier this year, the Caribbean Research Empowerment Network- CREN (a project of The University of the West Indies Family Development Centre) interviewed us for their Advocacy Works! Spotlight and asked us to articulate our mission. That interview gave me a chance to think about the values underlying Anansesem, both our online forum and our literacy advocacy work.

The World Values Day website states:
Values are what make us who we are. They are the compass guiding everything we do – our choices and our actions. When we forget that compass, we take the wrong turn. It’s the same for our families, for our communities, for the world. Our values show us the way. If we are aware of our values and put them into action each and every day, we can change our lives and change the world we live in.
It’s made me what's our compass her…