The Boy Next Door was out and about at the 2015 Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Author Mandisa M. Parnell found herself in the company of literary greats such as Prof. Edward Baugh, Prof. Mervyn Morris, Lorna Goodison, Easton Lee, Victor Chang, ace storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks, dub poetess extraordinaire Cherry Natural, esteemed broadcaster Gwyneth Harold-Davidson, playwright/actor Fabian Thomas - persons she has admired since childhood; effervescent UWI Lecturer Tanya Shirley, Jamaica Observer writer Sharon Leach and multi-award winning writer Carol Dunn.
The stories were captivating and the poetry brilliant. Watching as each one of these giants rose and took to the
stage and proceeded to read from their masterpieces, made Mandisa realize even more why these persons are the greatest in this field. It was an honour being in their company.
Here is a link to the audio file of Mandisa reading an excerpt from The Boy Next Door: