Carole Bloch is the Director of PRAESA. She has a PhD in early literacy in African settings from the Carl Ozietsky University, Oldenburg and has served as an early literacy consultant in several African countries. The main thrust of her work is to transform the way children learn to read and write, by helping to create conditions that put stories, meaning making and enjoyment at the centre of literacy and biliteracy learning. Carole is also a founder and trustee of The Little Hands Trust, which promotes and supports the development of children’s literature in Africa. She is now leading a team who are carrying out a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called Nal’ibali. Twitter: @CaroleBloch
D'bi Young is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, actress, educator and playwright. She currently serves as the artistic director of YEMOYA, an international artist-residency based in Jamaica. As an actor, she has appeared in Trey Anthony's da kink in my hair, which garnered her a Dora nomination for best actress, and the television sitcom Lord Have Mercy!. She won Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role in a Play in the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her play blood.claat: one womban story. In 2007 Young facilitated a summer dub theatre programme for youth in Toronto, which led her to found and become artistic director at Anitafrika Dub Theatre. Young is the originator of the dub, poetry inspired, arts-based personal and professional development methodology S.O.R.P.L.U.S.I., based on the seminal work of her mother Anita Stewart, a pioneer dub poet and member of Poets in ... read more
Mary Murphy is the co-founder, managing director and owner of FullCycle. Mary is a committed environmental activist and educator who consequently became a business woman. Mary loves her work and believes passionately in promoting the concept of sustainability with particular emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. She practices what she preaches and refuses to use a wheelie bin. Instead she composts all organic waste using either her Can-O-Worms or Bokashi Kitchen Composter. She adopts "plastic wise" shopping in an attempt to reduce the amount used. Where plastic packaging is unavoidable Mary takes it back to the shop for them to dispose of responsibly, whilst making the point that non-biodegradable packing should be phased out!