Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: Tanya Batson-Savage

Tanya Batson-Savage loves mangoes and stories and stories about mangoes. She has written for the page, stage, screen and radio (and one day she will write a story about a mango). Her love of stories grew while she was seated at her grandmother’s feet, where she developed a passion for folktales that shines through in her first collection of stories of children Pumpkin Belly and Other Stories (Blue Banyan Books/ Blue Moon Publishing). Her play Woman Tongue received 8 Actor Boy Award Nominations (2016) and her short film script ‘Endeavour’ earned the award
for Best Script in the Kingstoon Anime Festival (2013).

Her career has crisscrossed the cultural landscape including cultural policy,
teaching, cultural criticism, journalism, advertising, and publicity. She is ‘head cook and bottle-washer’ of Blue Banyan Books and its imprint Blouse and Skirt Books.

Her writing has appeared in The Caribbean Beat, Bim, The Jamaica Journal, The Caribbean Quarterly, the Skywritings Magazine, Moods of Jamaica and Pree Caribbean Lit Magazine. She is the producer of the award-winning animated short film, Agwe.

She will be honoring the memory of noted short story writer and children’s book author, Hazel Campbell, who passed away in December 2018.

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