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Mona Williams

Mona Williams is a Guyanan storyteller, children's writer and educator whose action-packed stories and dramatic presentations enthral audiences of all ages. 
Born in Guyana – then British Guiana – she secured a place at the exclusive Bishops Girls' School. The school lends it name to her autobiography, Bishops: My Turbulent Colonial Youth (1995), which recounts her experiences at the school, both destructive and enriching. On one hand Mona quickly discovered her place at the school as 'poor, black and unknown'. On the other, she embraced the joys of English literature, music and culture, reading Dickens, singing Anglican hymns, and cooking roast beef and Yorkshire pudding in the sweltering equatorial heat.
Mona is the author of 24 books, mostly for children. Their titles give an idea of the vast, varied, and magical world they present, from The Ant Who Refused Titles (1975) to How We Made a Colour Television Show (1973). Mona is a mother of two and grandmother of five.

Selected bibliography:
  • How We Made a Colour Television Show (1973).
  • The Turtle Who Longed to Be a Bird (1973).
  • Christmas in Guyana (1974).
  • The Day I Swam the River (1974).
  • How the Goat Lost His Voice (1974).
  • Old Medicine (1974).
  • The Ant Who Refused Titles (1975).
  • Granny (1975).
  • Father Martin Heale (1975).
  • Old Bell (1975).
  • When I Went to the Pictures (1975).
  • Stealing the Gooseberry Jam (1975).
  • Thinking about It (1975).
  • Speaking the Truth (1975).
  • You Really Saw My Father? (1976).
  • A Tale to Match (1977).
  • Spell Wool (1977).
  • Sharing (1977).
  • The Outsider (1977).
  • Secrets (1978).
  • The Bicycle (1978).
  • Old Mrs Davidson (1983).
  • The Strange Cure (1984).
  • Two of a Kind with Joy Cowley (1984).
  • Bishops: My Turbulent Colonial Youth (1995).


Storylines Trust Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki and Friends of Storylines Te Pou o Te Whare Waituhi Tamariki together form New Zealand’s only national organisation working year-round to promote New Zealand children’s and young adult literature through activities that include a major national Story Tour to schools, early childhood centres and communities, and awards for writers, illustrators and those who work in the area of New Zealand children’s literature



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