Walkers, author hold essay contest

Walkers’ associate and international author, Helen Tse, recently visited John Gray High School and the George Hicks Campus to speak to students about her book, Sweet Mandarin, and launch the Walkers-Tse Essay competition. Walkers presented each school with copies of Sweet Mandarin for their libraries.

John Gray students meet Ms Tse

John Gray students meet Ms Tse. Photo: Submitted

Sweet Mandarin traces three generations of the women in Helen’s family and their courageous journey from East to West – the book is currently being sold in 33 countries including the Cayman Islands. Using her family’s story and her own accomplishments as an example, Helen encouraged the students from both schools to work hard to achieve their goals in life. She then invited the students to write about their own family origins by entering the Walkers-Tse Essay Competition, states a press release.

The essay competition, to be judged by Helen, will emphasise not only written skills but the importance of family, ancestral origins, and family traditions in our make up and culture. The competition is aimed at young adults aged 12 to 18 years and is designed to motivate aspiring and experienced writers alike. The five winners of the competition will receive a signed copy of Sweet Mandarin, an invitation to attend a two-hour master class on writing and the publishing process, presented by Helen, and the opportunity to have their family story developed and considered for publication.

Helen stated, “The Walkers-Tse Essay Competition is a good opportunity to celebrate the fascinating history of the Cayman Islands and bring to life the stories of the young writers and their families. Your roots make you what you are and if you want to understand today, you need to search yesterday.”

Mark Lewis, partner at Walkers, stated, “It’s not every day we find an international author working amongst us. With Sweet Mandarin being adopted in the UK, Hong Kong and China as part of the school curriculum for children aged 13 to 16 years, Walkers wanted children in Cayman to benefit from exposure to an international author. Working with Helen, we arranged presentations at local high schools about her book, writing skills and the importance of family and family origins in our culture. The response from students so far has been fantastic. Helen has been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the children that have listened to her presentation and we are all looking forward to reading the essay competition entries.”


Helen Tse will be signing copies of Sweet Mandarin at the Book Nook Saturday from 11am to 1pm. For more information about the Walkers-Tse Essay Competition, please contact Sarah Broad at 914-4242 or [email protected].

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