July 12, 2007

Grandpa Sydney's Anancy Stories @ Miami Dade College

Miami Dade CollegeFrom News and Notes: MDC Office of Communications

Geoffrey Philp, an MDC English professor, chairperson of the North Campus college preparation department, novelist, poet and playwright, has published his first children’s book. Set in the multicultural environment of South Florida, Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories draws on the rich oral tradition of stories that are told and re-told in Jamaica and the Caribbean. These Anancy stories, which originated in West Africa, are rich sources of wisdom that have been passed down from generation to generation.

“According to the latest census estimates, there are more than 800,000 people from the Caribbean in South Florida, yet there are very few children's books dealing with stories from the English-speaking Caribbean,” said Professor Philp. “From the time I came to Miami in April 1979, I asked myself, who is going to tell the story of Jamaicans and, by extension, the people of the Caribbean in South Florida? That's why I wrote my first book of poems, Exodus and Other Poems.”

To read more, please follow this link: In Print: Geoffrey Philp’s Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories


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