Country:

Guadeloupe

General Presentation:

Novelist, teacher and trainer Francesca Vélayoudom-Faithful was born in Les Abymes and is an Inspector for the Ministry of Education. She holds a Doctorate in Comparative General Literature and is very much involved in Guadeloupe’s political life, specifically in the town of Les Abymes, her native municipality, where she is Deputy President of the Municipal Education Commission, delegate to and member of several committees and councils. She is also very active in various associations: as a member of the Conservatoire des Jeux Floraux in Guadeloupe, the Société des Gens de Lettres de France and Société civile des Auteurs Multimédias. Francesca started off her literary career by writing poetry, publishing a collection of poems for schoolchildren entitled Poèmes aux quatre vents, in 1984. She then wrote her first novel, intended for younger readers and entitled Peau de banane, in 1986. Her second novel, Le soleil brisé, came out in 1996. It tells the story of Cécilia, a comfortably-off woman married to a wealthy middle-class husband, who inexplicably abandons her life of ease, driven by the desire for freedom that possesses her. Francesca Vélayoudom-Faithful has been awarded numerous distinctions, for her poetry in particular, including the Palme d'Or du Mérite Belgo-Hispanique in Brussels and the Prix de poésie de l’Académie Francophone de Nogent sur Oise. She published an essay in 2012: Louis Delgrès et Toussaint Louverture : deux figures emblématiques: réalité historique et fiction littéraire: le passage de l’histoire au mythe, issued by Editions Nestor.

Select bibliography:

  • Louis Delgrès et Toussaint Louverture : deux figures emblématiques : réalité historique et fiction littéraire : le passage de l’histoire au mythe. 2012
  • Le soleil brisé. Présence africaine, 1996
  • Peau de banane. Editions caribéennes, 1986
  • Poèmes aux Quatre vents : recueil de poèmes pour les écoles. CDDP (Centre Départemental de Documentation Pédagogique), 1984

Prizes and distinctions:

Médaille d’or de l’Académie de Lutèce

Libellule d’or de la société Littérature du Haut Agenais

Médaille d’or du club poétique de la Guyane

Hibiscus d’or des jeux floraux de la Guadeloupe

Médaille d’argent de la Renaissance des Arts et Lettres(Paris)

Prix de poésie (hors concours) de l’Académie Francophone de Nogent sur Oise

Palme d’or du mérite Belgo-Hispanique de Bruxelles

@La Médiathèque Caraïbe

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