Knowing little about the subject I jumped at the chance to visit Ghana. I spent a wonderful week with friends visiting villages known for their pottery making, Adinkra block printing and Kente strip weaving. I also visited markets and talked to the makers of musical instruments and carvers of masks. Based on this trip I created a synopsis and approached The British Museum Press. To my delight they liked the idea and in 2005 they published 'African Crafts: Fun Things to Make and Do from West Africa.'
Always the entertainer Felix relished telling traditional stories featuring the trickster character Anansi. Being a collector of words I scribbled these stories down. Felix was also kind enough to lend me a couple of old books containing traditional African tales. From these scribbled notes, borrowed books and Internet research I began to write my own retellings of these stories. As with many such personal projects other things took over. So these stories sat on my computer, almost forgotten. However this year I had time to return to them. Finally after eight years my collection of Anansi stories was published as an eBook and is now available on Amazon.
Unfortunately I will never be able to show Felix the fruits of my labour as he passed away before I had time to complete my book. However, knowing Felix he'll be looking down, with that wonderful broad smile of his, trying to decide which story to treat me to next.