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Author publishes poetry collection

Author Erlor E. Dean has plenty to smile about. She had no compunction over the fact that her highly promoted book signing event outside the National Library on Tuesday caused a sort of lunch hour traffic jam. Scores showed up to get their specially autographed copies of her book 'Mother's Whispers', to give Erlor a hug and the more brazen of her male admirers to give her a kiss. Many were her former students and one-time teaching colleagues. Erlor Dean hails from Somerset. She earned a Teaching Certificate from Ottawa Teachers' College in Canada; and a Master's Degree from Wheelock College in Boston. For 25 years she taught at West End Primary School and at Sandys Secondary School before and when it became Sandys Middle School. Immersed from an early age in a highly literary and poetic family, Erlor's mother Inez loved poetry and language. Evidently. this rubbed off on her daughter and other family members including well-known author Randy Williams. Her book portrays a talent for turning current news events into instant poetic pieces, like poems on a hurricane lashing Bermuda, such as Ferocious Fabian, The Belco Blaze that blacked out Bermuda a couple of years ago; and like Change at the White House, with the election of Barack Obama. Mrs Dean's 'Whispers' shout about family life and a variety of other elements that make stimulating reading.

Photo by Ira Philip Erlor Dean, right, is shown with Cabinet Minister Marc Bean and other friends at her book launch at the Bermuda National Library.