Hanging out with Mervyn Morris

                                                                  

Hang out with Professor MERVYN MORRIS, OM, at Two Seasons Guest House, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com) on July 30 and 31, 2011 and explore the art of poetry with him (book by July 23, 2011).

His poetry collections are The Pond, Shadowboxing, Examination Centre (New Beacon Books, London), Vestiges (a limited edition, Erlangen), On Holy Week (Dangaroo Press, Sydney) and I been there, sort of:  New and Selected Poems (Carcanet Press, Manchester).  In 1976 the Institute of Jamaica awarded him a Silver Musgrave Medal for poetry.  He has done poetry readings in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, the Federal Republic of Germany, the U.S.A., Canada and Malaysia. He has conducted poetry workshops in Jamaica, Barbados, the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.  He was a U.K. Arts Council Visiting Writer in Residence at the South Bank Centre in 1992.  In 1993 and 1994 he was Poetry Workshop Director at the University of Miami Summer Institute for Caribbean Creative Writing.  In 2002 he co-directed a workshop at Ty Newydd, in Wales. 

Books he has edited include Selected Poems by Louise Bennett (Sangster’s Book Stores, Kingston), her Aunty Roachy Seh (Sangster’s Book Stores), It A Come by Michael Smith (Race Today, London) and The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories.  He is the author of ‘Is English We Speaking’ and other essays (Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston), incorporating a manuscript which won Jamaica’s 1997 Una Marson Award for Literature, and Making West Indian Literature (Ian Randle Publishers), a collection of essays and interviews.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1937, he studied at the University College of the West Indies and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.  From 1966 until 2002 he was on the staff of The University of the West Indies, from which he retired as Professor of Creative Writing and West Indian Literature.  In 2009 he was given Jamaica’s Order of Merit (OM) for his contribution to West Indian Literature. 

Mervyn will share with guests in a small group setting (maximum 16 persons) his own journey, reading a few of his poems,  including a draft or two to show a poem taking shape, in a one-hour rap session on Saturday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.. Then on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in a two hour workshop, he will help participants to develop their own work. Guests who wish to have their work critiqued are asked to electronically submit one poem (not more than 2 letter-sized pages in length) by July 22, to info@2seasonsguesthouse.com and are also asked to bring with them 16 copies for sharing with other participants.

The package costs are as follows:

For two persons in a room  for one night + two persons at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday = US$165 or J$14,000
For one person in a room for one night + one person at the workshops on Saturday and Sunday = US$100 or J$8,500
(includes full breakfast and liquid break during or at the end of the
workshop. Jamaica dollar rates subject to change until room is confirmed by 10% non-refundable deposit).

Lunch and dinner can be provided by special arrangement.  There are a number of restaurants in the area, some of which deliver. For further information, please email info@2seasonsguesthouse.com or telephone 876-571-0818.

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