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Shakirah Bourne is a Barbadian author and filmmaker. Her stories have been featured in several literary journals, and she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2019. Her self-published collection of short fiction, In Time of Need, won the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Literary Fiction, and her middle grade fantasy, Josephine Against the Sea, was published by Scholastic in 2021. @shakirahwrites

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21 Sep 2022

There is little more inspirational than a writer who devotes her talents to the work of others.
I was twelve when my mother was born. Twelve or thereabouts. If I’d been older, I could have said things like I never wanted to be a daughter; I don’t have a filial bone in my body. Relatives could have tilted their heads at me, insisting I’d change my mind. But I was twelve so I said nothing. I had no relatives.
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