Press Release

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development
Department of Culture
Release Date:
Tuesday, 26 March 2024 - 2:32pm

Local author Mrs. Andria Flax, will be launching her fifth book titled, ‘In the Beehive: The Regal Queen, the Lazy Drone & The Busy Worker Drone” on Friday, 5th April.

Mrs.  Flax, who is also a poet, said that her aim is to introduce youth to honey bees and their importance to the environment. The book also highlights the different functions of various bees through a poetic form.

 “‘In the Beehive’ was written for young children,” the author said. She added, “Next year, a second book will be geared towards younger children and adults.”

Mrs. Flax said the text teaches youngsters of the critical role honey bees play in the natural ecosystem and the overall functioning and survival of the planet. It also highlights important values like teamwork, synergy and collaboration from which children can incorporate into their own lives.

Mrs. Flax and her husband, a beekeeper with more than four decades of experience, are also visiting schools throughout the Territory to conduct “Show and Tell” sessions, read samples of the book and facilitate a question-and-answer segment.

Meanwhile, Director at the Department of Culture Dr. Katherine said her department continues to celebrate local authors and the variety of subject areas that is written about.

Dr. Smith said “We are no stranger to author Mrs. Andria Flax and her versatility and writing skills. This time around, her children’s book ‘In the Beehive’ is a lovely and informative introduction to the world of bees and honey.”

Dr. Smith also stated that she was pleased to learn of the subsequent educational efforts about bees and the natural world. She said, "Let us be reminded that the environment is critical to culture and there is an interdependence between human beings and the environment.”

Persons are encouraged to attend the launch on 5th April, at the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Conference Room in Road Town Tortola at 11:00 a.m. Books are available at NookBVI and will be on sale at the book launch. 

The Department of Culture in accordance with the Virgin Islands Culture & Heritage Policy & Strategy (2023), continues to promote the contributions of local artists including literary artists and the Virgin Islands’ cultural heritage and traditions.






Sonjé Greenidge

Information Officer II
Department of Information and Public Relations (GIS)
Telephone: 468-2742