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                                   What I Do

Joanne Haynes



I am a Trinidadian author and filmmaker driven by my goal of revolution in education. 


My published books are - Walking, Sapotee Soil and The Corals' Tale. I have also presented and published creative non-fiction pieces -  Sleep Tobago, Myths and Legends, Seeing Ourselves Through the Eyes of Pa Neeza, Convois on the Mighty Shadow and LegendizeU: The Adventure of Learning - in the McComere Journal, The University of Trinidad and Tobago Journal of Pedagogy, The University of the West Indies Literature Week, the University of the West Indies Tout Moun Journal and the Caribbean Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies. 


I have produced two films - the animated short adapted from the story in Sapotee Soil - The Fallen People of the Black Land and the creative narrative hybrid -Legends Revisited.


As a revolutionist in education, I consider myself a Creative Facilitator.


I do not teach, I create a space that fosters imagination, curiosity and creativity, so that learning, which is natural, takes place.


I call this space 'LegendizeU' .

LegendizeU takes various formats. In written format it is Sapotee Soil and the writing competition for young people. In film format it is The Fallen People of the Black Land and Legends Revisited. In project format is a Call for stories that takes various forms, as was run at Tabaquite Secondary as a school Library project.


In their content, in their approach of all-inclusion of various types of learners and  in the ways in which they are created and presented to facilitate the now generation, these LegendizeU initiatives celebrate play and passion in education. 







  • Commonwealth Short Story Finalist - excerpt, Walking

  • Lifetime Award for Literature Recipient - NALIS

  • Derek Walcott Literature Prize  Winner - Sapotee Soil

  • NALIS One Book Many Schools Selection - Sapotee Soil


  • Official Selection, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival & Anime Caribe Film Festival - The Fallen People of the Black Land

  • Official Debut and Selection, Cannes Pan African Film Festival - Legends Revisited

  • Offical Selection and People's Choice Nominee, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival - Legends Revisited

  • Named one of the top 10 local films in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival - Legends Revisited​​


  • Initiated Oral presentation of School Based Assessment in History - Moruga Composite School

  • Co-ordinated Self Esteem Building Project - San Fernando East School

  • Created and ran Short Story Writing competition - Primary and Secondary school students

  • Published online a series of interviews with men sharing their personal stories - Men and Their Stories

  • Created and ran a workshop for ages 19 -25 on building their dreams - Work the Dream

  • Taught History through Film - Legends Revisited

  • Trained and harnessed talent of inexperienced actors ages 11 - 19 - Legends Revisited

  • Created LegendizeU project

  • LegendizeU adopted as School Library Project - Tabaquite Secondary School

  • Sapotee Soil selected as the NALIS One Book Many Schools 

  • Created LegendizeU tools for additional support for Librarians for Sapotee Soil for the NALIS, One Book Many Schools Programme

  • Newsday Feature by Carol Quash

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