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Voyage Baltimore: Conversations with Wendy Shaia

I was honored to be interviewed by Voyage Baltimore magazine about my life and work. Read the interview here!



Today we’d like to introduce you to Wendy Shaia. Hi Wendy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story? I was born in England of Jamaican parents and moved to Jamaica at the age of four. My brother, twelve years older than me, remained in England to continue his schooling. We lived in Kingston and both parents were civil servants. My father worked for the Jamaica Telephone Company, as an electrician, and my mother worked for the Jamaica Library Service overseeing their housekeeping and transportation staff.


Growing up in Jamaica was amazing, but I don’t think I truly appreciated the joys of my childhood until I was much older. There was a lot of family around — my grandparents lived in the country and we visited them regularly. I also had a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins to play with. Every day after school I would get a ride to my mother’s job at the library to wait for my father to pick us both up at the end of the workday...