Vincentian authors Samantha V. Williams and Kayla Williams share a special bond as mother and daughter and that bond will be made highlighted when the two share the virtual platform as panelists at the Caribbean Literary Conference (CARICON) 2021.
CARICON 2021 will be held from June 4th to June 6th and will feature music and cultural programming from across the Caribbean region and the diaspora. It will also bring together some of the most successful elements of Caribbean Literature and cultural heritage, in an event that sets the stage for the start of Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations in Southern California.
This is not the first time Samantha is representing the country; she was the first and only Vincentian author to participate in the first virtual edition of the Caribbean Literary Festival in 2020.
CARICON will be another historical achievement for Samantha but this accentuated by having her daughter Kayla alongside her, making them the first mother-daughter team of Vincentian authors, to represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines at this event.
Kayla is the youngest participating author and panelist at this year’s event.
Readings of Samantha’s latest children’s book “Nah Me” and Kayla’s book of poetry “The Lost Files: 17 @ 17” will both be featured.
Within the last year and a half Samantha has written and self published six successful titles: “Women! We All Can Rise: We All Can Shine”; “I Am Me; I Am Me, Too!”; “A to Z Positive Affirmations for Boys and Girls”; “You Can If You Try!”; and the most recent “Nah Me. These titles have been well received locally, regionally and internationally and have all received 5-star reviews on Amazon where they are available.
Samantha’s goal to empower and inspire others through her writing. As an author, publisher, entrepreneur, mentor and the Co-Founder and Director of two local charity organizations one could deduce that Samantha is very accomplished. However, it is her welcoming smile and her thoughtful, considerate assistance that most mark interaction with her.
She is an aspiring life coach who lives by the words of Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi: “be the change you wish to see in the world.” This is life philosophy has taken root in both of her children who are also credited as contributing authors on two of her publications.
Kayla, a final year student at the SVGCC is an independent, kind and determined youth who is looking forward to embarking on the journey to higher education at The UWI where she will read for a bachelor’s degree in Biology with specializations in Marine Biology.
Both Samantha and Kayla are looking forward to participating at CARICON and representing St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the best of their ability.
(NB: Copies of some of these books can also be purchased locally through the author, at the SVGTCCU, Coreas City Store, Jujube Book Store and Laynes Dept. Store.