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The Write Women Podcast

The Write Women Podcast

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You are listening to: The Write Women Podcast! A platform which tells the stories of Black Caribbean Women who write and the steps they took to authorship! If you would like to get in contact with the show send an email to, and if you can, please leave us a review on iTunes ^_^ Much Love!
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Epilogue | Empress Zingha 🇧🇧
Hey what up bookworms! It has been an amazing season! We've traveled to Trinidad, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados.  I don't know if I have a favorite episode of any of the chapters however one main thing that came out of all the conversation is to get your stuff edited.  Weather you have beta readers or if you have a group of professional editors that will objectively look over your work, it is important to go through drafts.  You have to be comfortable with being a great re writer because that's how you get to be a great writer. If you have enjoyed the show share it anywhere online share it to friends or family members leave me a review on iTunes if you're on cast box as well you can leave a review and rating there as well.  Let me know what you think, I would really really appreciate it.  It will help other Caribbean people find this podcast. There a lot of Caribbean podcast out there but we don't know them because people don't share them as much as we should so let everybody know about the podcast and thank you for being here it was a pleasure with your host  and introducing you to some amazing Black Caribbean Women.  I’m Empress Zingha from Barabdos and will see you in the next chapter in 2020! If you want to get in contact with the show, send us an email: to purchase my book you can head on over to and don't forget to check out the digital book shelf as well! right here!
October 16, 2019
Chapter 10 | Nailah Imojah 🇧🇧
Nailah Imojah is an experienced Journalist, Author, Teacher and Past principal with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry. Skilled in Business Writing, Editing, Event Management, Public Speaking, and Writing Tutor.  Strong education professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in English Literature from The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. In this episode she spoke about her experience teaching children in secondary school and getting them to understand the “why” of literature, advice to editors and those looking for editors, her secret love of songwriting, the decline of journalism, her new venture “The Bajan Book Shop” and quick tips on finding a publisher.  To get in contact with Nailah, drop her an email at  If you would like to contact the show, send us an email to
October 9, 2019
Chapter 9 | Shakirah Bourne 🇧🇧
Shakirah Bourne is a Barbadian writer and filmmaker. Her first feature film, the comedy-drama, PAYDAY, has been screened throughout the Caribbean, USA and UK.  Her self-published collection of short stories, In Time of Need, was released on November 30th 2013, and won the prestigious Governor General Award for Excellence in Literary Fiction. She was a finalist for the BURT/CODE Award for Caribbean YA Literature in 2018.  In this chapter Shakirah opens up about leaving her job and becoming a full time writer, a sneak peak about her new book "My Fishy Step Mom", what she learnt from transitioning between writing short stories, to playwrighting and screen writing and how to step out of your comfort zone as a writer.  To find our more about Shakirah, check out her website To get in contact with the show, send an email to: 
October 2, 2019
Chapter 8 | Taitu Heron 🇯🇲
Taitu Heron is a Gender and Development specialist, human rights advocate and performance poet. She holds a BSc in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her areas of expertise include rights-based development planning and management; and policy development and coordination, and advocacy and partnership building.  In this chapter, we talked about her upbringing within the Rastafarian community, how young people can take action for change in the community, her experiences as a poet, how writers can produce good documented research and her spiritual take over during the Tambourine Army protest.  To get into contact with Taitu, you can message the WAND - Women and Development Unit Facebook page here: or email her at To get in contact with the show, send an email to us :
September 25, 2019
Chapter 7 | Linda M. Deane 🇧🇧
LINDA M. DEANE is a British-Barbadian poet, essayist, editor and publisher. She is also a creative writing tutor and mentor for "The Summer Storyteller".  Graduate of the University of Warwick’s Comparative American Studies programme  she also has over 30 years’ experience as a journalist in Barbados and the UK and is the co-founding director of ArtsEtc Inc.  In this chapter we speak on her involvement with the Barbados Literary Arts Festival as well as getting funding for it, her professional relationship with the late Harold Hoyte - her first boss, techniques she uses to get children excited to read within the public school system and having good relationships with your editors! To get in contact with Linda, check her out on instagram: send her and email Her website where you can see her work is,  and to get in contact with the show you can send us an email: and visit us on facebook Don't forget to leave a rating and review on iTunes! 
September 18, 2019
Chapter 6 | A.L Dawn French 🇱🇨
A prolific writer A. L. Dawn French has had her work featured locally, regionally and internationally since her pre-teen years. She has been part of publications such as "Creation Fire" 1990 published by the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), "Women's Future" 2000 published by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), "Opus Spectrum" 2015 published by the Saint Lucia Writers Forum and the "Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography" 2016 published by Oxford University Press.  Her latest works are about an eight year old heroine named PEANUT who through her adventures shares morality tales with pre-teen readers.  Find her here on Facebook:  Want to get in contact with the show? Email us at:
September 11, 2019
Chapter 5 | Dr. Karen Lord 🇧🇧
Meet Dr. Karen Lord, multi- award winning author of speculative literature from Barbados.  In this episode we touched on traditional literature vs speculative fiction, the Caribbean identity and experience as it relates to writers as well as advice on writing and lengthening or shortening work for competitions.  Want to get in contact with her? Check out her Website: Twitter: @drkarenlord and on Tumbler: drkarenlord Want to contact the show? Hit up, and check out the digital bookshelf on
September 4, 2019
Chapter 4 | Tameeka Castillo 🇹🇹
Trinidadian, author and journalist Tameeka Castillo  is the scribe for Written from Within.  It is her first book of poetry and showcases a front row seat into her world.  Tameeka is also the founder of the #menvoicesmattertoo movement which highlights the issues and traumas of young men and boys within society.  Tameeka Castillo, author, activist and journalist from Trinidad , believing in changing the world, one story at a time.  Check out her website: or find her here on Instagram.   If you would like to get in contact with the show, drop us a line at: you can also follow us on Instagram and FaceBook Don't forget to leave us review as on Itunes! Thank so much! 
August 28, 2019
Chapter 3 | Sonia Williams 🇧🇧
Sonia Williams - Author, Playwrite, Actress, Director, Editor, Activist, Spiritualist, Educator and good friend!   Sonia migrated to Brooklyn New York in 1979, where she attended Brooklyn Technical High School and Hamilton College, Clinton, New York. There she received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Women Studies and a Watson Fellowship to Nigeria in 1989. In 1990 and worked extensively with Earl Warner and is also a well-respected director and performance artist whose works have been showcased at national, regional and international events. She has written Full-length Plays, Choreopoems, Short Stories and Poetry. She can be seen in the Canadian film The Triangle, the Barbadian feature film Sweet Bottom and British-Barbadian film A Caribbean Dream.  Sonia is the recipient of many awards including the Karen Williams Prize in Theatre 1988, Watson Fellowship to Nigeria 1989, Actress of the Year Barbados 1990,the Governor General Award for excellence in Drama in the professional category of the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts 1998 and the Roland Edwards Prize for her contribution to the development of the Performing Arts in Barbados 2016. She  has taught in communities and institutions in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad, including the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, and Barbados Community College. She holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education teaching and learning. Her Novella This Too Will Pass was published in 2014 and her intention is to facilitate the development of people and the transformation of lives through artistic excellence and service. Contact her for artist development, directing projects, and to purchase her books via email: or Whatsapp: 1-246-248-6660 
August 21, 2019
Chapter 2 | A-dZiko Simba Gegele 🇯🇲
 A-dZiko Simba Gegele is known in some areas of the Caribbean as a storyteller and workshop facilitator, specializing in working with children. Her debut novel All Over Again, won the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014.  In this chapter we have a very candid talk about who she is as a writer and the story behind All Over Again.  Follow her here on her Facebook page
August 14, 2019
Chapter 1 | Aprille L. Thomas 🇧🇧
Multi-award-winning writer, Aprille L. Thomas, is no stranger to the page. Her poems have earned her numerous accolades in her native Barbados, including the Kamau Brathwaite Award for Literary Excellence and the Prime Minister’s Scholarship – Literary Arts. Aprille brings a poetic flair to her prose writing, and her unique style has solidified her place on the local and international scene. Her debut novella, When a Spade isn’t a Spade, was released in Spring 2015, and is available for download in the Kindle library.  Check out her webiste here If you want to get in contact with the show, drop us a line at:
August 9, 2019
Preface | Empress Zingha 🇧🇧
The Write Women Podcast is finally here!  I am so happy to share the stories of our Black Caribbean Female Authors! I thank each and every one of you for allowing me to highlight your experiences.  This episode is more about the why of the podcast, why i created it and why the platform is needed.  If you want to drop a line you can do so at or check out our facebook page here we are also on Instagram here See you next chapter!
August 9, 2019