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When Grandpa Cheddi was a Boy

Written by Anon for The Mirror (Guyana) on no date provided

Janet Jagan carries many titles: First Lady, Editor in Chief of Mirror, Member of Parliament. She’s also known for many things: a founder-member of the People’s Progressive Party, a pioneer of the national women’s movement, the longest-serving newspaper editor in Guyana, and quite recently, a roving ambassador for her country. Her writings are known at home and abroad, in the Caribbean and beyond. But yesterday she became known for something which very few had associated with her: a writer of children’s stories.

Mrs Jagan certified her title as an author with the launching at State House of her first book of children’s stories entitled When Grandpa Cheddi Was A Boy. Published by Peepal Tree of Leeds, UK, it’s her first collection of thirteen stories she’d written over the years as birthday gifts to her grandchildren.

Yesterday’s launching ceremony, which was attended by President Jagan and other members of the Jagan family, as well as local writers, educators, booksellers, artists and members of the press, was chaired by David Dabydeen, Guyana’s Ambassador to UNESCO and himself a poet and writer working with Warwick University. National poet Martin Carter and Guyana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Lall Singh, also attended. Mrs Jagan read one of the stories from her book and thanked Freelance Artist Paul Harris and Mirror Typesetter Oma Sukdeo for helping her make the book reality. She also thanked Martin Carter for having first inspired her towards creative writing. She said the book was dedicated to her two children Cheddi Jr and Nadira, and to her five grand children Cheddi, Alex, Vrinda, Natasha and Avasa.

This is a review of When Grandpa Cheddi was a Boy

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