About The Intrepid Soul
 “Nessa Bedward Sherwood writes to express her feelings about people and life events. These poems and stories are reflections of personal experiences with family, friends, and daily encounters with nursing clients.
 
Caring is a way of life for Nessa and provides her with the energy for writing poetry and stories. She is touched by the stories of those she helps and is compelled to share her insights. 
 
This exceptional lady has been published in Possibilities Literary Arts Magazine.  The poem, “A Day with My Father”,
was read on CBC radio and television.  “Bondage”, was read at World AIDS Day and later expressed as a song “Undying Love”, by Larry Radmore and Marvin Bedward, that Nessa recorded with Juno nominated singer/songwriter, Graig Cardiff.  Another three of her poems have be transformed into songs and are available as an EP under the title “Undying Love – Songs from Intrepid Soul”.
 
From her smiling eyes, her heart and mind always seize and convey the essence of the moment. ”
 
Annik Despres
About the Book Cover
 
The cover photograph of the author, taken by Albert Bedward, during the first annual Maracatu Mar Alberto Block Party Project Parade, at the 16th Cabbegetown Festival of Arts ,  on September 9, 2012 in Toronto Canada. Nessa was crowned as the Queen.
 
Maracatu Mar Aberto plays Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms derived from the same traditions. Translated to English as the Open Sea, the name represented the aggregated influences that have traveled from Africa to Brazil and onwards to Toronto and beyond.
 
Maracatu’s origins lie in the investiture ceremonies of the Reis do Congo (Kings of Congo), who were enslaved and that occupied leadership roles within the community. After slavery, Maracatu (formally called Maracatu nações) continued to choose symbolic leaders and evoke coronation ceremonies for those leaders. Traditional performance comprise group of 80-100, drummers, a singer and chorus and a coterie of dancers and stock characters including the king and queen parading. The performance also enacts pre-colonial African traditions.