She speaks 3 languages, though a little rusty in some now by her own admission, and has a longstanding history in publishing which began in 1979, after a short stint with Times Newspapers and then as Special Projects Manager for Africa’s leading business magazine at that time. She went on to publish her own journal which was successfully sold in 1987 to a prominent Nigerian.
Born in England of Jamaican heritage, she lived in Africa for some years, as well as Jamaica for 18 months and then returned to England and was a housewife for several years during which time she organised several charity events. Her interests lie in raising awareness of social and political issues that primarily affect women and children, international trade affairs, property development, interior design and music.
In 2017 she returned to publishing having been approached by Black History Month BHM 365 to provide consultancy services in order to enhance the standard and reach of the magazine, which she achieved whilst bringing an authentic ethnic feel into what is, in spite of its name, fundamentally a white English organisation.
Aside from being Features Editor to the first Windrush magazine for the Windrush 70th anniversary celebrations she then went on to do the same and more with the Windrush Day Commemorative Magazine in 2019 as Editor. Her original style and anchor material of over 40 articles to both continued to attract keen interest.
Today, she is the founder of EDITIONS MEDIA publisher of free magazines and newsletters. With its team of dedicated assistants, assistant editors and volunteers, in the same charitable spirit, she continues her own longstanding tradition of producing high quality easy-read upbeat general interest print publications distributed freely nationwide under one banner. These include the ABC certified (2019) EDITIONS LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE – the only Black owned independent magazine with this accreditation in the UK.
With the disproportionate number of Black people affected by Covid-19 she produced the Windrush Review 2020 Newsletter during the first national lockdown, giving the community something tangible and free to read which it transpired was in fact to be the only print publication produced in 2020 specifically for the Caribbean diaspora to celebrate Windrush Day distributed in supermarkets nationwide in spite of the Covid 19 Lockdown.
These unique publications along with Editions’ Newsletters are designed to inform, inspire and challenge perceptions about the community in realistic sustainable fashion, in line with the spirit of their fore parents who came to the UK on and since the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in June 1948.
Joy, who began playing piano at the age of 5 is a composer and her music is played by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Described as pastoral she adapts her songs for children and is choir master for the Jamaican High Commission Children’s Choir.
A keen philanthropist she is a patron of the arts, including the Philharmonia Orchestra where she is on the Development Board. The Design Museum. The Rainbow Trust, Princes Trust and UNHCR are important organisations that she has supported and continues to support – to name a few – and is on the committees of a number of notable organisations .
She is also editor and curator, commissioned by the High Commission of Jamaica and funded by the Windrush Community Fund of the forthcoming Jamaicans In Britain, A Legacy of Leadership book due to be released in the coming months.
She produces and writes the interviews for UP Close! a popular monthly zoom series featuring prominent members of the Jamaican diaspora both as guests and co-hosts taking audiences into the hearts and “living rooms” of the guests, revealing wonderful little anecdotes from their lives in Britain alongside the High Commissioner.
For this series alone she has worked with prominent life-changing “movers and shakers” of the community including, Miss World, Sir Geoff Palmer, Dr Bishop Joe Aldred, Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin and many more.
The Editions Lifestyle Media website provides year round general interest information as a backdrop to the print publications including the magazines.
Joy Sigaud also has a portfolio of many published articles reviews and short stories sourced and written by herself for various publications including:
Simon Frederick Multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker creator of Black is the New Black
Six Black Brothers From Rutherford NJ. an acclaimed, heartfelt report on 6 brothers who all served in WW2 and returned home safely to their family, living in a home where their ancestors had lived for 4 generations. As a result of this moving story being brought to light, a tribute was paid to honour the brothers with a parade in May this year alongside a great family reunion. Written in celebration of African American History Month in February 2019 she co-operated with historian Rod Leith on the project.
Review of “Becoming” by Michelle Obama – the best selling book of 2018, inspirational and frank depicting some wonderful photos from her youth.
The Future of Kensington – the Kensington Magazine part of the Vision for 2020 series
Andrea Levy’s Small Island review of the National Theatre’s highly successful stage adaptation and Windrush Fashion Feature.
Interview with former Prime Minister Theresa May a 21st Century Stateswoman read here The only interview with her conducted by a Black Journalist. At the heart of the Windrush Scandal Joy Sigaud went along to Downing Street and put some poignant questions to the then PM. A first and only by a member of the British Black Community at a time when the Hostile Policy seemed to have taken a firm foothold affecting the lives of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora at unprecedented levels. The struggle goes on.
Tribute to Motown at 60. This pioneering organisation unlocked the talents and future potential of thousands of black performers. Their legacy cannot be overstated. Aside from music they also recorded one of Martin Luther King’s great rallies which was a sellout. Alongside great music their sense of fashion and slick style remains embedded in the hearts of all from that era and their pioneering spirit raised the hopes and aspirations of millions of black people worldwide. A great legacy indeed!
UNHCR “With You” Newsletter Living Waters highlighting awareness of the plight of displaced women and children in the DR Congo
The Global Dispersion of the African People An easy read interactive report showing the movement of enslaved Africans throughout the centuries worldwide – A UNESCO co-operation this is an ongoing project.
Shaun Bailey Interview – the first Black candidate to stand for Mayor of London. A candid questionnaire with some interesting answers
Sport – Arrows Netball Team A West London phenomenon in the late 1970’s, founded by a group of friends, they never lost a single match! What a wonderful legacy to the Windrush descendants!
Miranda Kaufman’s Black Tudors was expanded on for the readers and award winning photographer Jim Grover personally thanked her for giving him such a wonderful platform to bring further publicity to his wonderful photographs, Portrait of a Generation depicting the lives of Caribbeans in the UK which continues to be exhibited and is now of national significance.
She is a member of the Society of Editors and recently wrote The Miseducation of Us
100 Great Black Britons Children’s Competition: She is the sponsor for some prizes and has been invited as a panel judge.
Black Lives Matter, Yesterday, Today & Forever!
Note this is not conclusive. Joy Sigaud continues to do things in other sectors relating to charities both at home and abroad.
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