Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

On the grounds of Two Seasons Guest House

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Presented in association with the Department of Literatures in English, The University of the West Indies, Mona and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund (GLMF)

Literature: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

MC: Fabian Thomas

Readers: Alecia McKenzieLorna Goodison • Curdella Forbes • Brandon WintA-dZiko Simba Gegele • Sharma Taylor • Marguerite Orane

Readings of the works of: V. S. Naipaul (read by Mervyn Morris) • Garfield Ellis (read by Michael Bucknor) • Hazel Campbell (read by Tanya Batson-Savage) • Andrea Levy (read by Celia Skyes-Webster)

Young writers – winners of competitions:

Poet Laureate of Jamaica Prgramme 2019, Young Writer’s Prize, Khadijah D. Chin, and Eddie Baugh PrizeDelroy McGregor

GLMF Literary Competition  • The UWI, School of Education, Mona, Talk the Poem Recitation Competition

10 minute play, It’s raining

Open Mic

Music by Mad Yardies

Children’s programme

sponsored by Jamaica Cultural Enterprises

Co-ordinated by Sisenia Moxam-Nelson

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Booths available for rental. Please download and complete the form and return to 2seasonsguesthouse@gmail.com

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Get on the Bus!

Same-day return bus service, Kingston-Treasure Beach-Kingston, chartered from Knutsford Express, 18 Dominica Drive, New Kingston. Depart Kingston 6:15 a.m. Depart Treasure Beach 5 p.m.

Tickets: $3,700; Seniors (65+)$3,500 available at the University Bookshop, Mona, or telephone 876-3406068

The University Bookshop will be on-site at Two Seasons Guest House on May 25. ________________________________________________________

Sunday, May 26 , 2019 @ Two Seasons Guest House

Poetry Workshop with Poet Laureate,  Lorna Goodison

Maximum number: 20 •

Contribution: JA$5,500

Registration form

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Thanks to our sponsors:

St. Bess All Occasions    

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UWI Dept. of Literatures in English teams up with Two Seasons for Talking Trees 2017

Taking literature beyond the campus is one of the strategies adopted by the Department of Literatures in English at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies with a view to broadening its reach and sparking interest in literature as an important field of study. The Department will therefore once again partner with the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund (GLMF) and Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach to present The Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 27, with workshops on Sunday, May 28. The partnership is a continuation of the collaboration that was established for the 2015 staging of the Fiesta.

Held on the expansive grounds of Two Seasons Guest House in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, the Fiesta offers a formidable line-up of established and emerging writers, which will be interspersed with musical offerings by multi-instrumentalist Ras Katri. The day’s activities will include a fashion show by Mutamba Designs.

The 2017 Fiesta will feature acclaimed writer, Olive Senior. She will share the stage with the newly named Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison, who was the featured reader in 2015. Celebrated dub poet Mutabaruka, will add his special flavor to the line up of readers, which includes Malachi Smith, Roland Watson-Grant, Margaret Bernal, Ann-Margaret Lim, Yashika Graham and Jean Lowrie-Chin. Fabian Thomas’ 10 minute play, Daddy, will be staged. Patrons can continue to expect the family friendly atmosphere as there will be a children’s programme slated for the morning.

To promote community and communication skills development, leading up to the Fiesta the GLMF is sponsoring a competition for students in four selected secondary schools: Tacius Golding, Wolmer’s Boys, Bog Walk High, and Newell High. The objective of the competition is to create opportunities for new talent to emerge. In each school, guided by a teacher, the students will create videos, poetry, short stories, music or art that will tell their story of The Real Jamaica. The winning entry will receive a US$100 prize, with the possibility of the work being presented at Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta. The competition started on February 1 and closed on April 30. The Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund was set up at The UWI in memory of the late Gloria Lyn, a former lecturer in English at The UWI, to raise the visibility of literature. There is a US$500 prize presented annually to the student with the best grade in any of the second year West Indian Literature courses. The 2016 winner, Cornel Bogle, and the 2015 winner, Francina Cousins will be reading at Talking Trees

With part sponsorship from the Jamaica Tourist Board and Cran Wata, admission to Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta on Saturday, May 27 is free; however contributions to the GLMF will be accepted. There will be a small charge for participation in the workshops on writing, music and fashion on Sunday, May 28 (registration is required for participation in the workshops). Return bus transportation between Kingston and Treasure Beach via Knutsford Express is available for Saturday, May 27, departing Kingston at 6:30 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the UWI Bookshop, or call Janet at 3406068. The cost of the round trip is J$3,500 and J$3,000 for seniors 65 and over.

For further information, contact info@2seasonsguesthouse.com, litsengmona@gmail.com or telephone 571-0818.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Booth Rental Form

Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog), takes place on Saturday, May 25, 2017 in Treasure Beach, from 10a.m to 5p.m. There is no cover charge for entry.

A limited number of booths will be available for rental.

10’x10’ tent, 6 foot banquet table, 2 chairs = $15,000,                                         with electricity = $16,000

50% deposit (10% non-refundable) to reserve booth. Final payment by May 17, 2019.

Name of organization:

Contact person: Name:

Tel:                                                      Email:

Type of product/service:

Payment method:

1. Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Key Card)
2. Direct lodgement to NCB current account 401021930 in the name of Two Seasons Guest House
3. Western Union (transfer cost to be met by sender) sent to Two Seasons Guest House
4. Collected in Kingston by arrangement

For further information, please contact:

Christine Marrett,  Proprietor, Two Seasons Guest House                                        Tel: 876-571-0818        Email: 2seasonsguesthouse@gmail.com

 

 

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Poetry Workshop Registration Form

(Please print, complete and return by email to: info@2seasonsguesthouse.com)

Name: Prof. Dr. Mr. Ms._____________________________________________                                                                       First Name                                                        Last Name

Address: _______________________________________________________

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________________________________________________________Country_____________

Telephone number(s)______________________________________________

Email address:___________________________________________________

I wish to register for the Poetry Workshop with Lorna Goodison (JA$5,500 per person)

I am: Beginner Published

Payment to be made by (select one):

Direct lodgement to NCB current account 401021930 in the name of Two Seasons Guest House ⃝

Western Union (transfer cost to be met by sender) sent to Two Seasons Guest House                    ⃝

Collected in Kingston by arrangement                                                                                                        ⃝

For further information, please contact:

Christine Marrett

Proprietor, Two Seasons Guest House
“Where the welcome is warm and the runnings cool”

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Tel: 876-571-0818


Workshop registration, Sunday, May 26, 2019

(Please complete and return by email to: info@2seasonsguesthouse.com)

 

Name: Prof. Dr. Mr. Ms._______________________________________________________

First Name Last Name

 

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

 

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________________________________________________________Country_____________

 

Telephone number(s)___________________________________________________________

 

Email address:_________________________________________________________________

 

I wish to register for the Poetry Workshop with Loran Goodison (JA$5,500 per person)

I am: Beginner Published

Payment to be made by (select one):

Direct lodgement to NCB current account 401021930 in the name of Two Seasons Guest House ⃝

Western Union (transfer cost to be met by sender) sent to Two Seasons Guest House

Collected in Kingston by arrangement

For further information, please contact:

Christine Marrett

Proprietor, Two Seasons Guest House
“Where the welcome is warm and the runnings cool”

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Tel: 876-571-0818

www.2seasonsguesthouse.com
www.youtube.com/user/TwoSeasonsJamaica
Registered with the Jamaica Tourist Board

 

(Please complete and return by email to: info@2seasonsguesthouse.com)

 

Name: Prof. Dr. Mr. Ms._______________________________________________________

First Name Last Name

 

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________Country_____________

 

Telephone number(s)___________________________________________________________

 

Email address:_________________________________________________________________

 

I wish to register for the Poetry Workshop with Loran Goodison (JA$5,500 per person)

I am: Beginner Published

Payment to be made by (select one):

Direct lodgement to NCB current account 401021930 in the name of Two Seasons Guest House ⃝

Western Union (transfer cost to be met by sender) sent to Two Seasons Guest House

Collected in Kingston by arrangement

For further information, please contact:

Christine Marrett

Proprietor, Two Seasons Guest House
“Where the welcome is warm and the runnings cool”

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
Tel: 876-571-0818

www.2seasonsguesthouse.com
www.youtube.com/user/TwoSeasonsJamaica
Registered with the Jamaica Tourist Board

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: Delroy McGregor

Delroy McGregor knew he had a passion for reading from an early age. His love for writing came from his older brother who would tell him comedy skits and Duppy stories from a notebook. He knew then that he was destined to be a writer, and so he wrote whenever the opportunity presented itself. He experiments with various genres as he is of the belief that a writer does not need to be defined by a particular aesthetic. A past student of the William Knibb Memorial High, he is currently pursuing a Bachelors at The U.W.I Mona and currently resides in Kingston.

He is the winner of the National Library of Jamaica Poet Laureate of Jamaica Programme 2019, Eddie Baugh Prize.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: Khadijah Chin

Khadijah D. Chin is a lover of all things language. She is fascinated by foreign language and claims to have learned everything she knows about English from studying Spanish, French, Jamaican Creole and Mandarin Chinese. She has been writing poetry and songs for as long as she has been conscious of her existence. By day, she is a teacher of English at her alma mater, Campion College and she hopes to one day, publish a novel, an anthology and an autobiography.

She is the winner of the National Library of Jamaica Poet Laureate of Jamaica Programme 2019, Young Writer’s Prize.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: A-dZiko Simba Gegele

Of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage, A-dZiko Simba Gegele has been recognized as “a dynamic force on the Jamaican spoken word stage. Her musicality, rhythms, tones and vocal range make her a riveting reader, conjuring the people and places of her imaginary world.” She has won residences in the prestigious Yaddo Artists’ Retreat and from the Cropper Foundation, and participated in the Calabash Writers Workshops. She is an award winning writer, having received awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the Observer Literary Arts Magazine, and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Commission. In addition, she won the inaugural Burt Award for Caribbean Literature in 2014 for her novel, All Over Again and, in 2019, has been long-listed for the inaugural Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize administered by the Bocas Litfest and Avron. Her work reflects her Pan Africanism and has spanned multiple genres including poetry, fiction, and playwriting. She has also written for radio and the screen.” Her award winning novel was described as “a lively boyhood saga set in Jamaica, and written with a lyricism and insight that should delight teenage readers across the Caribbean.”

 

 

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Poet Laureate of Jamaica Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry

From: https://nlj.gov.jm/poetryprize/

The National Library of Jamaica is proud to announce the second cycle of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry.  The winner of the prize will receive $1,000 US dollars, as well as an invitation to participate in an award ceremony to be held in Kingston on March 21, 2019 – World Poetry Day Jamaica. This cash prize is funded by the Helen Zell Writer’s Program at the University of Michigan to recognize talented young Jamaicans with an interest in pursuing a career in poetry.

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry affords shortlisted applicants the opportunity to have their work appraised by staff and students of the prestigious and highly competitive Master of Fine Arts writing program at the University of Michigan. The program boasts a faculty of award winning poets and fiction writers.

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica program is administered by the National Library of Jamaica.

Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Jamaican nationals between the ages of 17-25 who are interested in pursuing a career in the writing of poetry
  • The submitted poems must be the original work of the applicant
  • Poems may be written on any subject of the applicant’s choosing
  • Poems submitted for this prize should not have been previously published

 

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The Edward Baugh Prize for Poetry

Named for Poet and Professor Emeritus of English at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (The UWI), The Edward Baugh Prize for Poetry is one of four prizes being awarded on March 21, 2019 – World Poetry Day.

Open to an emerging poet under the age of thirty-five (35) residing in the eastern end of the island (namely, the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland). The prize will include a cash award of US$1000. The prize is administered in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Poetry and Poetics.

Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Jamaican nationals under the age of thirty-five (35)
  • Applicants must reside in one of the eastern parishes, namely Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland
  • The submitted poems must be the original work of the applicant
  • Poems may be written on any subject of the applicant’s choosing
  • Poems submitted for this prize should not have been previously published
From: https://nlj.gov.jm/poetryprize/

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta – Reader, Alecia McKenzie

Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer and journalist currently based in Paris. She attended Alpha Academy in Kingston, where she started writing, with her poems being published in the local newspapers, The Gleaner and The Star. She holds a B.A. degree  in journalism and literature from Troy (State) University in Alabama (1983) and an M.Sc. in journalism from Columbia University in New York (1985). She has done postgraduate research on the political role of the media at City University, London (1998-2000).

Her first book, the short-story collection Satellite City (Longman, 1992), which was translated into Dutch, and her novel, Sweetheart (Peepal Tree Press, 2011), both won Commonwealth literary awards and she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2015. Sweetheart, a novel about an artist, was translated into French and published as Trésor and was awarded the 2017 Prix Carbet des lycéens.  Her other books are: When the Rain Stopped in Natland (Longman, 1995), a novella for children; Stories From Yard (Peepal Tree Press, 2005), which was first published in Italy as Racconti Giamaicani, (Ferrara, 2001); and Doctor’s Orders (Heinemann, 2005), a novella for teens.

Her work has appeared in literary magazines and a range of international anthologies such as Stories from Blue Latitudes, Global Tales, Light Transports, The Penguin Book of Caribbean Short Stories, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and the first Girls’ Night In, among others.  In addition, Alecia’s stories have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Icelandic and Chinese.  In 2017, she launched the Caribbean Translation Project to promote the translation of creative and scholarly writing from and about the Caribbean.

Alecia’s journalistic articles have appeared in various international publications including The Wall Street Journal/Europe and the former International Herald Tribune, and she has written for news agencies and magazines such as New African.

She is also an accomplished artist whose artwork has been exhibited internationally in group and solo art shows in New York, Brussels, Kingston, Paris, London and Singapore. In 2011, she was invited by France Télévisions in Paris to present a solo exhibition in honour of Bob Marley on the 30th anniversary of his death.  She is the founder of Southern World Arts News (SWAN), a culture site about artists whose work contributes to improving lives globally.

She currently teaches creative writing in Paris and is working on a play.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees, May 25, 2019 – Update


 

 

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Presented in association with the

Department of Literatures in English, The UWI, Mona

and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund (GLMF)

 

 

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