It was so nice in 2015 that the Department of Literatures in English at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund are once again partnering with Two Seasons Guest House, in Treasure Beach, on Jamaica’s South Coast, to provide lovers of literature with a great show on Saturday, May 27 on the grounds of Two Seasons Guest House.
This year, the readings by a formidable line-up of established and emerging writers will be interspersed with musical offerings by multi-instrumentalist Ras Katri and topped off by a fashion show by MUTAMBA Designs and performance by the group No-Maddz, treating the audience to their unique sound of music and dub poetry.
The Fiesta will feature poet and author, Olive Senior. She will share the stage with the newly named Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison, who was the featured reader in 2015. Other readers include Malachi Smith, Roland Watson-Grant, Margaret Bernal, Ann-Margaret Lim, Yashika Graham and others to be confirmed. Fabian Thomas‘ 10 minute play, Daddy, will be staged and the book of poetry, In the morning yah, by Sheldon Shepherd, leader of the group, No-Maddz, will have its official national launch. Patrons can continue to expect the family friendly atmosphere as there will be a children’s programme slated for the morning.
To demonstrate 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 will close 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, will be reading at Talking Trees, along with Tamika and Ian Williams of Ahh Ras Nantango in Montego Bay.
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, and registration details will follow shortly. Return bus transportation between Kingston and Treasure Beach and between Montego Bay and Treasure Beach is being arranged for Saturday, May 27. For further information, or if you wish to rent a booth to advertise or sell your products or offer sponsorship, contact email@example.com, or telephone 876-571-0818.
Two Seasons Guest House