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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