Shepherd upbeat about new book

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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SHELDON Shepherd, band member of artsy music group No-Maddz, is planning a raft of activities for his debut book entitled In The Morning Yah.

"Come next month, I'm planning some readings. There is also an audio version and an online version in the works," Shepherd told the Sunday Observer.

"The feedback has been very encouraging so far. People have been reading it and understanding it."

Published in April by Pelican Publishers, In The Morning Yah is a compilation of 52 poems.

The singer, recipient of the Best Actor Award at the American Black Film Festival for Better Mus' Come, shared his inspiration for his book.

"I was invited to a festival called Read My World in Amsterdam last September and I was well received there. So I came home and I wanted to free it (the book) up a bit so that people could get the work," said Shepherd.

The author describes his creation as a "journey of oneness". The first chapter, In The Morning Yah, captures social commentary and sets the tone for Beautiful Day, which looks at the family. The third and final chapter, Fantastic Moonlight, embodies love pieces and night-time activities.

"It's unbridled. It is representative of my thoughts, my interactions and my country as a Third World one, and my experiences overseas. It is an art piece, a collector's item, it's a book for entertainment and edutainment (education and entertainment) because a lot of history is in (it), Jamaican history and world events," he said.

Shepherd has great expectations for the book.

"I'm just looking to get the word out about a good product, a quality product that can be out there to benefit me and other people," he said.

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