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Up close with: Local author Joshua Dilbert

Up close with: Local author Joshua Dilbert

| 08/09/2019 | 2 Comments

(CNS Local Life): At age 24, Joshua Dilbert has already written and published two books, starting his first novel, The Mordenham Acres, when he was only 18. Always interested in writing, he is continuing to hone his craft while working fulltime in customer service at the Cayman National Bank branch on Cayman Brac, where Dilbert […]

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2019 International Literacy Day Message

2019 International Literacy Day Message

| 04/09/2019 | 0 Comments

(LIFE): Every September, the world celebrates International Literacy Day. It’s a time to share beloved stories, recommit to personal and communal literacy goals, and embrace the boundless learning opportunities that reading offers. This year’s event falls on Sunday, 8 September and is themed ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’.

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Budding writers invited to enter competition

Budding writers invited to enter competition

| 03/09/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Fiction writers across the Commonwealth, including the Cayman Islands, can submit entries to the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize until 1 November. The competition for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words), which is administered by Commonwealth Writers, is free to enter. The five regional winners each receive £2,500 and […]

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Battle of the Books champions crowned

Battle of the Books champions crowned

| 04/06/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Students from First Baptist Christian School (FBCS) and Cayman International School (CIS) showed off their book smarts by winning their respective divisions at the fifth annual “Lera Parchment Battle of the Books”. Organised by the Cayman Islands Information Professionals (CIIP), the contest requires teams of six students each, aged seven to 10 […]

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Students wax poetic in competition

Students wax poetic in competition

| 21/05/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Alia Smith took home top honours in the recent Poetry Slam finals with her poem, “The Art of Getting By.” The Cayman International School student earned a $500 cheque which she will put toward her college fund. Coming in second and third, respectively, were Mohyndra Brown of Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, […]

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Books from LIFE enrich classroom libraries

Books from LIFE enrich classroom libraries

| 03/04/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) charity has once again donated books to East End Primary School, this time bringing 2,254 titles, which will enhance classroom libraries throughout all year levels. The donation is part of a joint effort of the charity and the school to provide students with engaging high-quality children’s […]

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Students reimagine favourite books

Students reimagine favourite books

| 26/02/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Almost 200 people attended the annual Storyboard Competition at the George Town Public Library on Saturday, 23 February, representing a record audience for the event. The competition gives Cayman’s young readers a chance to show off their creativity by sharing their favourite books through a storyboard display.

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Young readers turn favourite books into art

Young readers turn favourite books into art

| 13/02/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS Local Life): The seventh annual storyboard competition is now open, with Cayman’s younger readers encouraged to share their favourite books through displays they create. The initiative is spearheaded by the Cayman Islands Information Professionals (CIIP) and sponsored by the Cayman Islands Public Library Service and Rotary Sunrise.

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LIFE gives books to children for Christmas

LIFE gives books to children for Christmas

| 19/12/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Each of East End Primary School’s (EEPS) 92 students received two books for Christmas presented by Santa and donated by the charity Literacy Is For Everyone (LIFE). Minister for Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said of the donation: “It pleases me to see the generosity of LIFE not just during the giving season, but […]

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LIFE donates books to Maple House

LIFE donates books to Maple House

| 07/09/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Ahead of International Literacy Day (8 September), Literacy Is For Everyone (LIFE) donated 55 lightly used picture books to the special needs children and young adults who reside at Maple House. LIFE executive director Marilyn Conolly donated the books on Wednesday, 5 September, with Ministry of Community Affairs Chief Officer Teresa Echenique, […]

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LIFE head talks about literacy

LIFE head talks about literacy

| 07/09/2018 | 0 Comments

LIFE (Literacy Is For Everyone) Executive Director Marilyn Conolly writes: As a community, we see the impact of illiteracy every day affecting children in our school system, or with adults seeking employment. Illiteracy is a hidden shame that many children and adults carry privately, unable to develop the skills to properly decode the world around […]

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Commonwealth literary competition opens

Commonwealth literary competition opens

| 05/09/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The Commonwealth Short Story Prize – the flagship project of Commonwealth Writers and the world’s most global literary prize – is open for entries, with the closing date 1 November. Last year’s chair of judges, the British novelist Sarah Hall, said of the prize in a press release: “This is such a […]

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Pastor writes history of Baptists in Cayman

Pastor writes history of Baptists in Cayman

| 03/07/2018 | 2 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Randy Von Kanel, senior pastor of the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, has written a book chronicling the origin and history of the Baptists in the Cayman Islands. Titled “Our Baptist Story: From England to the Cayman Islands”, the publication records the more than 130-year history of Baptists here.

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Deepak Chopra to speak in Cayman

Deepak Chopra to speak in Cayman

| 16/05/2018 | 1 Comment

(CNS Local Life): Medical pioneer and best-selling author Dr Deepak Chopra will be visiting the Cayman Islands next month to present a talk on wellbeing, and to share insights from his latest book The Healing Self. Chopra will be here for two days in June for an invitation-only event, as well as a public presentation […]

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Young poets tackle social issues

Young poets tackle social issues

| 11/05/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Lauren Williams of the University College of the Cayman Islands has won this year’s “Creative Frame of Mind in Love” Poetry Slam finals, which was staged by the New Self-Help Community Foundation to celebrate Child Month. Competing with 11 other young poets live on-air, in an hour-long YouthFlex broadcast, the 20-year-old won […]

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Library bringing books on the road

Library bringing books on the road

| 01/05/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands Public Library Service (CIPLS) is bringing books to those residents who would otherwise have difficulty getting to a library. The service’s bookmobile will carry reading materials to individual seniors, residents of retirement homes, and other adult populations with limited mobility.

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LIFE adds more books to classroom libraries

LIFE adds more books to classroom libraries

| 02/03/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE) charity recently donated a record-breaking more than 4,300 books to Sir John A. Cumber Primary School (SJACPS), exceeding by about 800 last year’s total of reading materials given to the school. LIFE organised the donation, with the books collected from various private firms and schools islandwide.

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Book on mangroves donated to primary schools

Book on mangroves donated to primary schools

| 23/02/2018 | 1 Comment

(CNS Local Life):  Cayman Brac writer and author Martin Keeley donated copies of his book Marvellous Mangroves: Myths & Legends to every Year 5 teacher in the Cayman Islands. Presenting the books to Catherine Childs, National Trust education manager, Keeley explained that the Marvellous Mangroves education programme has been part of the school curriculum since […]

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