Another Guyanese book published – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Another Guyanese book published – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“When the History of Guyana is Written”; we’ve heard that statement many, many times. However, we have to admit that every time a new book written by a Guyanese about Guyana is published, it is in fact, another page added to the rich History Book of Guyana.

The most recent published book by a Guyanese, is entitled “Mahaica Belle Rings”, by the well-known theatre personality and artist, Collette Jones-Chin, who is now based in the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The multi-talented Guyanese national who grew up at Mahaica on the East Coast of Demerara, is a true Caribbean woman, having lived in a number of Caribbean countries including St, Vincent and the Grenadines where she spent many years.  

Collette Jones-Chin

Collette Jones-Chin is the kind of special individual who, when you meet for the first time, you want to know more of. She has now made it so much easier for you to know her as a young girl, growing up in rural Guyana and blossoming out into womanhood in the city of Georgetown. This novel, while it is a small portion of the life of the writer, is yet another exciting page in Guyana’s history, and should be read by all who are interested in the contemporary history of “The Land of many Waters.”

Collette Jones-Chin has a way with words and she uses them to weave this story which is her very own, but which many of us can relate to; especially those of us who grew up in the country side of British Guiana/Guyana, and then had to face the culture of the city of Georgetown, which was so different from what we grew up knowing.

With the added background of her experiences living in her Native Guyana, as well as in other Caribbean countries, including Anguilla where she is now based, Collette continues to blossom out bringing a range of artistic genres to admiring audiences. She is an Educator, Artist, Dramatist, Arts Therapist, Interior, and Set and Costume designer of world standards. One can call her the quintessential Guyanese woman. Married with a young daughter, she is forever looking for another hill to climb, another mountain to conquer, and does so with bravado. And as the song in the musical, “The Sound of Music” inspires us all to;

Climb every mountain

Ford every stream

Follow every rainbow

Till you find your dream”.

Collette Jones-Chin continues to dream dreams, to search for the next hill to climb , for the next mountain to conquer, to share her many talents and make our lives much more fulfilling.

As an innovate soul, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Guyana National School of Theatre Arts and Drama and was its first Director of Studies. She is also the Director and Executive Producer of her own company, SENOJ CREATIONS. Since migrating two years ago, Collette has founded a Community Drama Club, “Stages Anguilla”, for youngsters in the tiny island, located at the north eastern tip of the Caribbean archipelago. Running it is extremely challenging, but that is exactly what drives Collette Jones-Chin to further challenges and successes. With teaching being a vital part of her DNA, children of the age she was in this new book, are gaining some of life’s skills which will make them better citizens of the Caribbean and the wider world.

This new book, “Mahaica Belle Rings”, which is her first novel, has been a dream and a challenge which is already heading for success. Published by Emmanuel Publishing House, it is already on the market, and is like a hill developing into a mountain with a rainbow in the distance, which Collette Jones-Chin has given to us for our enlightenment and pleasure to read.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On June 16, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve checked Emmanuel Publishing House and found no link for ordering Collette Jones-Chin’s book.

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