Video: Colwyn Burchall Book Signing

February 20, 2012

Bermudian author Colwyn Burchall Jr. held a book signing this weekend [Feb.18] for the third book in his Icon Series – “Dame Lois: The People’s Advocate.”

Held at the BookMart in Hamilton the event continued the official launch of the new biography — published in late 2011 — which chronicles the multi-faceted legal and political careers of Dame Lois Brown Evans.

Dame Lois [1927-2007] was Bermuda’s first female lawyer and Attorney General and the first woman to head an Opposition Party in the British Commonwealth.

“The book chronicles the myriad social, racial and political forces that buffeted Bermuda over the past eight decades,” said former middle school teacher and Bermuda historian Mr. Burchall.

“Against this backdrop, the story of Dame Lois unfolds, allowing the reader a bird’s-eye view into the motivations that drove this phenomenal woman to amass a record of ‘firsts’ that permanently and positively transformed the island’s social and political landscape.”

Knighted by the Queen in 1999, she played a central role in the story of Bermuda’s socio-economic development from the time she returned to the island as a newly-qualified barrister in 1953.

Former Premier Sir John.Swan has praised Mr. Burchall’s effort, saying: “I join with people from across the Bermuda spectrum in endorsing the content of this book, which will not only inspire this generation, but generations yet unborn.”

Mr. Burchall holds degrees in Philosophy and Literacy Education from Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada.

Already working on his next book, Mr. Burchall is currently interviewing friends, relatives and associates of the late Dr. Pauulu Kamarakafego [Roosevelt Brown]. The tentative release date for this as-yet untitled book is December 2012.

Dame Lois: The People’s Advocate” is the third book in Mr. Burchall’s Icons Series and follows “Look For Me In The Whirlwind: A Story Of Marcus Garvey” and “Freedom’s Flames: Slavery In Bermuda And The True Story Of Sally Bassett.”

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  1. Debbie Smith says:

    Congratulations Colwyn. Your books are very knowledgeable and inspiring.

  2. Face the Nation says:

    Courage and conviction is alive and well and, you embody it Mr Burchall .

  3. Sabrina says:

    Woo hoo! Congratulations Junior! You are always an inspiration! Both my mother and I loved the book! Cannot wait to see more!