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Author launches first book, Rag to Rose

Published: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Michelle John gets her copy of Rag to Rose signed by author, Raymond Ockille. PHOTOS: DARREN RAMPERSAD

Author Raymond Ockille hosted the launch of his first book, Rag to Rose, on June 10 at the Auditorium of the Government Campus Plaza, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain.

The Rag to Rose (RtR) book is an intervention-based tool designed to change the “rag mentality” of inadequacy and hopelessness to a positive, “rose”. In fact, the term rose is actually an acronym for Resolute, Organising, Sacrifice and Empowered.

Ockille is an active individual who has aspired to impact society in a positive way. As a young adult he had to overcome the influence of the slums and an estranged relationship with his family. Today, through various organisations, he works closely with youth as a mentor, counsellor and motivational speaker.

The launch was one filled with performances such as skits, spoken word and a steelpan rendition. Specially invited guests also took the opportunity on the evening to have their newly-purchased copies of Rag to Rose signed by the author.