Papillote Press Featured Author
Petrea Honychurch Seaman
Author of Good Night My Sweet Island
Petrea Honychurch Seaman was born and grew up on the Caribbean island of Dominica. She began to write children’s fiction inspired by her two young daughters, both great readers and explorers of this lush and mountainous island.
Our authors and editors
Alwin Bully was born and raised in Dominica. Well known throughout the Caribbean, where he has made a distinguished contribution to the region’s art and culture, in particular as a playwright and theatre director, The Cocoa Dancer and Other Stories is his first fiction collection.
Lennox Honychurch is a Dominican historian and anthropologist. He has published numerous academic papers and books on the history of Dominica and the Caribbean region. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Oxford on the material culture of the Kalinago people of Dominica.
Stephenson Hyacinth was born in 1956 in the village of Wesley, in the Commonwealth of Dominica. He attended the Dominica Grammar School and the Dominica Teachers College and studied drama in education and theatre arts at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica.
Kathy MacLean, the co-author (with Karen Mears) of the educational pack A Caribbean History, was born in Dominica and lives in London. She was head of the Ethnic Minority Achievement (EMA) Service in Wandsworth’s Children’s Services, south London.
John Robert Lee is a Saint Lucian poet, editor, literary journalist, professional librarian and teacher. His poetry and short stories have been widely anthologised. His latest collection of poems Pierrot was published in 2020 by Peepal Tree Press.
Diana McCaulay is a Jamaican environmental activist and award-winning writer. She has written five novels – Dog-Heart, Huracan (Peepal Tree Press), Gone to Drift (Papillote Press and Harper Collins) and White Liver Gal (self published). Her most recent book is Daylight Come (Peepal Tree Press, 2020).
Karen Mears, the co-author (with Kathy MacLean) of the educational pack, A Caribbean History, is an experienced teacher and educational consultant, with an interest in teaching literacy, the creative arts and in promoting the global dimension of the curriculum.
Elma Napier (1892-1973) wrote Black and White Sands in the 1960s in Dominica. By then she had written two novels, Duet in Discord and A Flying Fish Whispered, both published before the second world war, and two memoirs, Youth is a Blunder and Winter is in July.
Philip Nanton was born in St Vincent & the Grenadines and lived for many years in England before moving to Barbados in 2000. He has presented programmes for BBC radio and his work has appeared in regional journals and literary magazines.
Viviana Prado-Núñez is a writer and theatre-maker who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a hospital with a 4.0 Google review rating and a view of the ocean. She has never seen Star Wars, eaten a grasshopper, or written a poem without the letter “e,” though she hopes to do all three of those things in the future.
Lawrence Scott is an award-winning Caribbean novelist and short-story writer from Trinidad & Tobago. His first novel Witchbroom (1992, and reissued by Papillote Press in 2017) was a BBC Book at Bedtime, while his second novel, Aelred’s Sin, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book for Canada and the Caribbean in 1999.
Joanne Skerrett was born and brought up in Dominica. She moved with her family to the United States during the 1980s. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in English and later attended Northeastern University where she earned an MBA.
Mary Walters, the editor of Yet We Survive, is a Scottish teacher and a specialist in community arts projects. She first went to Dominica in 1986 to work on an international children’s project for the Commonwealth Arts Festival.