Press Release

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development
Premier's Office
Release Date:
Tuesday, 9 April 2024 - 4:31pm

Local author Mrs. Hildegarde Flax-Shaw, will be launching her book titled, ‘Sharing a Fly Wing - A Memoir of Growing Up on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands” on Saturday April 13.

In this deeply personal account, Mrs. Flax-Shaw, reminisces on her childhood and teenaged experiences, while depicting traditional Virgin Islands culture and values.

She encourages readers to, “Come with me on a nostalgic journey to Virgin Gorda, the land of my birth…a different land…a different time…one without automobiles, electricity, and any form of [modern] technology.”

“Everyone lived in complete harmony with each other. Stroll with me through the moonlit nights of that place that once was so perfect, it could be remembered as our utopia. You will not want to miss this adventure,” Mrs. Flax-Shaw recounts.

According to the author, the text also pays tribute to her parents, teachers, ancestors, and culture bearers. Chapters include “Mother-isms”, “Declining Customs”, and “Protected Areas of Interest”, which portray and preserves a range of themes that embrace the traditional customs of Virgin Gorda, and by extension, the Virgin Islands to the benefit of future generations.

Meanwhile, Director of Culture, Dr. Katherine Smith said the value of this genre of writing is that readers are provided with a first-hand account of the author’s experiences.

“This is often the rich socio-cultural description that is often missing from historical records,” she said.

Dr. Smith added, “Of course, the more we are able to hear from our Sister Islands, the more accurate and balanced our understanding of our history. Increasingly, a common traditional cultural experience is being unveiled across the Virgin Islands.”

Persons are encouraged to attend the launch on Saturday April 13, at the Flax Administration Building conference room in Virgin Gorda at 10:00 a.m.

The Department of Culture continues to promote the contributions of local authors, and the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.

For more information about the Department of Culture’s book launch programme, persons can contact the department at 468-4379.


Sonjé Greenidge

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
Telephone: 468-2742