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Antiguan Writer Recognised for Contributions to Caribbean Literature

Antigua writer, Joanne C. Hillhouse, was inducted into the College of Laureates at a gala ceremony at the Hilton, Trinidad on Saturday. The event was hosted by ANSA McAL Foundation Chairman, Andrew N. Sabga.

Prior to this lastest recognition, Hillhouse’s work has been celebrated both on the regional and international levels. She was the first runner-up for the coveted Burt prize for Young Adult Fiction administered by the Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad. She was also awarded an International Fellowship to the prestigious Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont, USA.

Hillhouse has, so far, published seven books: two novellas, (one The Boy from Willow Bend, a bildungsroman, and the other Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, a romance); an adult contemporary novel, Oh Gad!; a teen/young adult novel, Musical Youth, and three children’s picture books, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure/Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, With Grace, and The Jungle Outside.

The full list of awardees are as follows:

Joanne C. Hillhouse, writer from Antigua & Barbuda (Arts & Letters)

Dr. Adesh Sirjusingh, public health doctor from Trinidad and Tobago (Public & Civic Contributions)

Dr. Mahendra Persaud, agri-scientist from Guyana (Science & Technology)

Each was presented with a cheque for the equivalent of TT$500,000, an Anthony N. Sabga Awards commemorative medal, and a citation.

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