Sienna Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica, spent her childhood there, before moving to Toronto, Canada and now lives in Sydney, Australia.
Creativity in all its myriad forms is the default filter through which she views the world. It's what engages all her senses, and keeps her on the path of discovery.
She was a professional dancer which gave her discipline, focus and the richness of sensory interchange between mind and body. Movement, rhythm, & space. She's been a producer, director, editor and writer of documentaries and educational films expanding her skills by exploring story through images and sound.
She's a mentor and editor, it's a process she enjoys.
Behind it all, there have always been words. Communication. The love of language, the beauty of books. Black letters on the white page.
Emotional moments threaded together, to tell and retell the ongoing story of what it means to be human and our place in the ever evolving, expanding world.
Bringing her skills together, she's written her first novel Master Of My Fate.
The novel was inspired by the real life story of William Buchanan, a slave born in Jamaica, who was transported to the Colony of NSW in 1836, as a convict.
"When I discovered William's convict indent in the data base at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site Hyde Park Barracks, I was struck with a sense of fate and became captivated and impassioned by his story, and the way it intersected with my cultural background.
William like me was far from home, the original place of belonging. Slave, rebel, convict, bushranger - William, also like me, played many roles which have shaped and imbued my life and his, with purpose, with meaning.
I am currently adapting Master of My Fate for the stage, several short stories, as well as working on my second novel."
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