Book takes readers to Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests

A Vittoria native has created an entirely new world to escape to in her debut picture book, The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests.Bailey Fort, who now lives in Toronto, returned to Norfolk County on Thursday to sign copies of the book at an event at Norfolk General Hospital.Fort, who went to Queen’s University and the George Brown College School of Design, came up with the idea for the book for a class assignment.“We didn’t have to do an entire children’s book, just some ideas for one,” Fort said about the assignment.“I just couldn’t quite leave it behind,” she said.“I decided to keep going with it.”Readers are taken “beyond the high seas, A-way to the east” to the Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests, where they are introduced to characters such as the snaggle-toofed bandersnoot, two-headed mugwump and  the millipus, which has a million arms.Fort said she added to a list of possible names for the book’s characters whenever she heard interesting words.“I was trying to think of what I loved as a kid,” said Fort. “I loved wordplay and silly poems. I thought that was a really engaging way to get kids reading.”Fort wrote and illustrated the book. She then created a campaign to fund its production and started her own publishing company to self-published the work.The author said her main goal is to get children to love reading.“I wanted to do something with rich, colourful illustrations that would also be appealing to children.”She has three other books in the works, including a follow up to her first book, one about mythical beasts and one with alliteration to teach young readers the different sounds made by the same letters.Copies of The Bewundering World of Bewilderbeests are available in Norfolk General’s gift read more

Govt hopeful for positive resolution on UK greenheart ban

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeTalks between the Governments of Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK) are on-going in relation to the ban on greenheart lumber from Guyana into the UK.At a press conference on Wednesday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge said while the ban was not specifically raised during the visit, the President did raise the importance of the UK market to Guyana during his one- on- one with the Queen.“The importance of timber to us, and the properties of the various timbers, the importance of the UK market to us was raised,” Minister Greenidge said.Minister Greenidge was a member of the delegation that made the official state visit to the UK in the latter part of April.The Foreign Minister said that the UK High Commissioner has been meeting British authorities on Guyana’s behalf. “It is an on-going exercise between the High Commission which liaises with the timber exporters of Guyana and the UK, but they are aware of it,” Minister Greenidge pointed out.According to the Government Information News Agency (GINA) report, the ban on greenheart lumber came under the previous administration. At that time relations between Guyana and the UK were at an all-time low.Minister Greenidge added that Guyana is hopeful for an eventful resolution of the issue. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinisterial delegation to lobby UK authorities to lift greenheart banOctober 15, 2016In “latest news”Guyana delegation to travel to UK to push for lifting of ban on Greenheart – MNRNovember 15, 2018In “Business”More work needed to lift ban on green heart- Minister acknowledgesMarch 18, 2019In “Business” read more