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Shakirah Bourne
This 2021, Shakirah Bourne is mentoring Middle Grade
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Shakirah Bourne
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Shakirah Bourne is a Barbadian author, filmmaker, lover of mangoes. She has written and produced four movies, including a thriller where she fell off the back of a moving vehicle trying to get a shot, and a comedy that she filmed during an earthquake and in a cave with bats.

She currently resides in Barbados, and spends most of her time staring out at the sea thinking about new stories to tell. Her debut MG contemporary fantasy, JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA, was published by Scholastic in 2021, and she is the co-editor of YA non-fiction anthology, ALLIES: Real Talk About Showing Up, Screwing Up and Trying Again, published by DK Books.

Marietta Zacker
Gallt & Zacker Literary

Other Published Works

Allies: Real Talk about Showing Up, Screwing up and Trying Again (DK Books, July 2021)

Favorite Books

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Hide and Seeker by Daka Herman
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera
When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten

Years Mentored
2019, 2020, 2021
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