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 Programme

MC: Fabian Thomas

Readers: Alecia McKenzieLorna GoodisonCurdella ForbesBrandon WintA-dZiko Simba Gegele Sharma TaylorMarguerite 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 [to be announced])

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

SOLD OUT!

Maximum number: 20 •

Contribution: JA$5,500

Registration form

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Thanks to our sponsors:

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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 Literary Fiesta 2019 Reader: Dr. Michael Bucknor

Dr. Michael Bucknor is a senior lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English (DLIE) and Public Orator of the Mona Campus at The University of the West Indies (The UWI). A former head of the DLIE, he is a valuable member of the organizing team of the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2019.

He graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from The UWI, and then went on to complete his Master of Arts and PhD at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) on a Commonwealth Scholarship. His research interests include Caribbean/Canadian writing and he is now completing a manuscript titled, Performing Masculinities in Jamaican Popular Culture.

He has been the Chief Judge for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Una Marson Prize and the OCM BOCAS Prose Prize. He sits on the editorial board of Caribbean Quarterly, Lacayos, and Issues in Critical Investigation, and is senior editor of the Journal of West Indian Literature.

Dr. Bucknor will be reading from the works of Garfield Ellis.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: Tanya Batson-Savage

Tanya Batson-Savage loves mangoes and stories and stories about mangoes. She has written for the page, stage, screen and radio (and one day she will write a story about a mango). Her love of stories grew while she was seated at her grandmother’s feet, where she developed a passion for folktales that shines through in her first collection of stories of children Pumpkin Belly and Other Stories (Blue Banyan Books/ Blue Moon Publishing). Her play Woman Tongue received 8 Actor Boy Award Nominations (2016) and her short film script ‘Endeavour’ earned the award
for Best Script in the Kingstoon Anime Festival (2013).

Her career has crisscrossed the cultural landscape including cultural policy,
teaching, cultural criticism, journalism, advertising, and publicity. She is ‘head cook and bottle-washer’ of Blue Banyan Books and its imprint Blouse and Skirt Books.

Her writing has appeared in The Caribbean Beat, Bim, The Jamaica Journal, The Caribbean Quarterly, the Skywritings Magazine, Moods of Jamaica and Pree Caribbean Lit Magazine. She is the producer of the award-winning animated short film, Agwe.

She will be honoring the memory of noted short story writer and children’s book author, Hazel Campbell, who passed away in December 2018.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: Mervyn Morris

Professor Mervyn Morris (OM), was appointed Jamaica’s first Poet Laureate since independence, serving from 2014-2017. He is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature of The University of the West Indies, where he worked from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. In 2009 he was given Jamaica’s Order of Merit (OM) for his contribution to West Indian Literature. In 1976 the Institute of Jamaica awarded him a Silver Musgrave Medal for poetry.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1937, he was educated at Munro College, the University College of the West Indies, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. His poetry collections include Peelin Orange; The PondShadowboxing; Examination CentreVestigesOn Holy Week; and I been there, sort of.

He is the author of ‘Is English We Speaking’ and Other Essays; Making West Indian Literature; and Miss Lou: Louise Bennet and Jamaican Culture. He has also edited the works of other Caribbean writers.

Professor Morris will be reading from the works of V. S. Naipaul, who died in August 2018.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader – Curdella Forbes

Curdella Forbes is a Jamaican fiction writer who lives in Maryland, USA and teaches at Howard University. Her latest novel, A Tall History of Sugar, will be published by Akashic Books  (USA) and Canongate (UK) in October 2019. It is also being translated into French for Editions Globe. Her other publications include Songs of Silence (Heinemann 2002, CXC edition 2010); Flying with Icarus, a book of fiction for children (Walker Books 2003); A Permanent Freedom (Peepal Tree Press 2008);and Ghosts  (Peepal Tree 2012). Her short fiction has appeared in journals and anthologies. She has read her work at Calabash and to audiences in the Caribbean, the UK and the USA. Curdella Forbes is also the author of  an award-winning academic book, From Nation to Diaspora: George Lamming, Samuel Selvon and the Cultural Performance of Gender (UWI Press, 2005) and numerous book chapters and essays in peer reviewed and literary journals.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 – Play – It’s raining

It’s Raining is a short play, written by French playwright, Sophie Aguille, translated and directed by Pierre Lemaire (left), who is the Artistic Director of Jamaica Alternative Theatre and former Dean and current Assistant Director, School of Drama at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The play features two men (played by graduates of the School of Drama: Lemar Archer and Rajeave Mattis) attempting to converse with each other while waiting for a job-interview.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2019 – Reader: Sharma Taylor

A lawyer by profession, a writer by passion, Sharma has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2018) by the Commonwealth Foundation in the UK and is a finalist in the 2019 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize for emerging writers administered by the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago and Arvon in the UK. Her work has medaled in Barbados’ annual National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Literary Competitions and has been published in the Arts Etc NIFCA “Winning Words Anthology 2015/2016”; the anthology “Bearing Witness 1 and 2- The Best of the Jamaica Observer Arts Magazine 2000/2001”, Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, The Caribbean Writer as well as online journals.

 

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Programme

Literature: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

10:00 Fiesta Entrée: Welcome – Rachel Mosely-Wood, Head, Department of Literatures in English, The University of the West Indies, Mona

10:05 Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund

10:30 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 Sykes-Webster)

11:05 Drummers

11:10 Winner of the GLMF Literary Competition

11:15 Winner of The UWI, School of Education, Mona, Talk the Poem Competition

11:20 Delroy McGregor Eddie Baugh Prize

11:25 Khadijah Chin, Winner of the Young Writer’s Prize

11:30 Sharma Taylor

11:45 Marguerite Orane

12:00 Lunch

01:00 Drummers

01:05 Open mic

01:30 Play “It’s Raining” dedicated to Aston Cooke

01:45 Children’s presentation

02:00 A-dZiko Simba Gegele

02:15 Brandon Wint

02:30 Curdella Forbes

02:45 Lorna Goodison

03:15 Alecia McKenzie

03:45 Mad Yardies

04:45 Fiesta Farewell

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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)

 

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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
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(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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