Creative Writing at The New School

Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar-HasselbringNadia Aguiar-Hasselbring joined us Monday evening for the first Writing for Children event of the semester. The Lost Island of Tamarind, the first in a series, tells the story of three orphans who land on a magical island with an evil child-stealing enchantress.

Born and raised on the island of Bermuda, Aguiar-Hasselbring discussed how growing up on an island informed her story.

“Where you grow up influences your story without even realizing it. Tamarind is closed off – Bermuda felt that way. There wasn’t any Internet, barely any television channels or radio… But I was also aware of the magic there.”

In response to a question on how to write cross-culturally for teens, Nadia said, “Write what you love, whatever compels and drives you. The question [of creating diversity] will answer itself.”

Nadia Aguiar-Hasselbring is the author of The Lost Island of Tamarind and its sequel, The Secrets of Tamarind.

Moderated by Helen Schulman, Fiction Coordinator.

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