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Mar 10, 2017

Teacher Althea Garbutt Authors “Rootsville”

On Thursday evening at the University of the West Indies Open Campus in Belize City, a new publication was released, targeting upper division for primary schools as well as first and second form students. ‘Rootsville’ is a compilation of locally inspired stories and a play, authored by Althea Garbutt, a teacher at the Nazarene High School in Belize City. The stories feature topics such as: biting the hands that feed you, the abuse of power by law enforcement officials, party politics, as well as subtle discriminatory practices. The exciting literary piece can be easily transition into the education system because Garbutt attached class activities in the publication. Today, in an interview with the media, she says that ‘Rootsville’ is a good read for all Belizeans.


Althea Garbutt

Althea Garbutt, Author, Rootsville

“It took me quite a while because these are stories that I wrote over the years and they are my babies and I kept them very close to me. And I didn’t want to release them because it is just a hobby; the writing was a hobby for me. But a friend of mind saw one of my stories and she was like why don’t you put it out there and I said no, these are for me. But eventually I got to that place and I got a little confidence in myself and that’s where I am today.  The book is named off one of the stories called Rootsville and we took that story and we made it into a play. We did this play at the Bliss a couple years ago. And I also have another play in the book called ‘Traditions.’ And it is all about Belize and what we do around Christmas time, how we have to get everything new, we have to change marley and we have to paint up the old house; I mean it is totally geared towards Belizeans so people can relate to it, it is very relatable.”


Duane Moody

“So it is for everyone, not only students?”


Althea Garbutt

“Yes, adults can read it and understand, especially that Christmas tradition – what we go through Christmas time.  I think my school, I have good promise from my principal with the book and so they more than likely—keeping my fingers crossed—would recommend it. And also this book contains activity. The teachers don’t have to think up what activities am I going to do towards the stories. I have all of that as a part of the book.”


Duane Moody

How many stories total?”


Althea Garbutt

“It has four stories and one play.”


For now, the book can be accessed directly from Garbutt at twenty-five dollars each. She can be contacted at 602-2819, 

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