Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2017

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“Coming home to 2 Seasons Guest House”


Sharing with you a post on Trip Advisor by Two Seasons Guest House guest, Jackie D. The photos of the sunrise and sunset are hers too, taken at her favourite hang out spot.






“Coming home to 2 Seasons Guest House”

Recently [January 2016] I spent 10 days in St Elizabeth Jamaica in Treasure Beach . This was my second time visiting Jamaica and my second stay at 2 Seasons Guest House. I could hardly wait to arrive at 2 Seasons because of my wonderful stay during my first visit. I felt as if I were coming home! My very pleasant, comfortable and large room was waiting for me on the east side of the guest house where I was able to watch the sunrise from my balcony every morning. I felt as if I had my own studio apartment!

I enjoyed the delicious breakfasts prepared by Mrs. Crowe that included my choice of breakfast foods that were served at the times that I requested . MS Christine and her staff are clearly committed to making sure their guests are accommodated during their stay. Wi fi is not available in the guest rooms but free Wi fi is available in the guest house common areas.

There is an outdoor pool and bar area for swimming and relaxing while you are deciding which parts of Treasure Beach you are gong to explore.The guesthouse grounds are beautifully landscaped and offer many pleasant, shady areas for relaxing, having conversations and just communing with nature.

I really enjoyed being able to take a 10 minute walk to the beach where I met and interacted with people from the community, visitors from other countries, folk that have made Treasure Beach their home after retiring and vacationers like myself.

Because of the peaceful, friendly and welcoming accommodations at 2 Seasons Guest House, It was difficult for me to end my stay there and return to Michigan but I know that when I return next year (and I do plan to do so!) my 2 Seasons family will be waiting for me with opened arms, good service and a great time! Meet me there and we can have a 2 Seasons margarita together!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good rooms and offer great views of the surrounding community.


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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 – Playlist for Recorded Talk

Recorded Talk, May 23, 2015

Format Length Album and Track Artiste
Speech 4”24” Shaped for Life

2014 Keynote Address

St Hugh’s High School 115th Anniversary, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica

Fae Ellington
Music 2’24” Steel Band Lullaby

(Creative Commons)

Doug Maxwell
Speech 4:26” Morning in Trench Town

Zinc Fence Prejudice

Marlon Thompson
Music 3’09” Mr Pink

(Creative Commons)

Toph Mohr and Alex Elena
Speech   My Father

From the anthology

Festival of Wild Orchid

Ann Margaret Lim
Music 3” How It Began

(Creative Commons)

Silent Partner
Speech 3”52” Heartbreak

Riddim of Jah

From the anthology, Souldance

Jean Lowrie Chin
Music 3’30” Stalling

(Creative Commons)

Toph Mohr and Alex Elena
Spoken 5’57” Young Heroes of the Caribbean

Justice, Truth be Ours

Written by Gwyneth Harold Davidson



Children - Abram Marrett, Mikael-Lee Toyloy, Xandria Francis, Rushad Thames

Adults - Andrew Brodber, Karen Cadien, Richard Fairclough

STUDIO ENGINEERS – Andrae Palmer, Joel Samuels

Music 2’24” Steel Band Lullaby

(Creative Commons)

Doug Maxwell
Music 3’09” Mr Pink

(Creative Commons)

Toph Mohr and Alex Elena
Spoken   Writer encouragement

From the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta

Kingston Edition

Lillian’s Restaurant, UTech

February 16, 2014

Roland Watson Grant
Music 3” How It Began

(Creative Commons)

Silent Partner
Spoken 1’14” Wat a Gwaan Jamaica

Salutations from the President of the United States at UWI Mona Assembly Hall, April 2015

Barak Obama
Music   Lost Ashes

(Creative Commons)

Dreamchasers featuring Car



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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 reader – Peta-Gaye Williams

Peta-Gaye Williams is an award winning dub and spoken word poet. She holds a teaching diploma in Science and Social Studies at the Secondary level from Church Teachers College: Mandeville and is currently pursuing a double major in Literatures in English and Linguistics at The University of the West Indies.

Born in Bog Hole, a small, rustic community in Clarendon, she spent her formative years around her grandmother. When she was just one year old, she lost her mother in an accident that claimed her life and so her socialization and values were acquired from her grandmother who was a stickler for education. This fostered an appreciation for education and learning in her from an early age.

At about age twelve, Peta-Gaye discovered creative writing which became a therapeutic avenue for navigating obstacles that she would encounter. A self-titled writaholic, she lists writing as one of the basic functions in her life that is critical for her survival. As a result, a day without writing in her world is non-existent – an addiction which has resulted in a wide catalogue of poems that span over a hundred composition books. However, despite penning poems for over a decade, her journey into performance poetry commenced in 2012 when she decided to remove her reclusive covering after being motivated to share in the 100 Thousand Poets for Change experience that year. Since then she has been rising in the discipline and has entered competitions and acquired accolades which include a JCDC Creative Writing Award in 2013. In 2014 she entered the UWI Mona Poetry Clash and emerged the winner which she impressively repeated in 2015 to defend her title. She was also long-listed for the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers prize. Her use of wit, innuendos and double entendre creates an eccentric and entertaining style of poetry that plays with meaning on many levels. Her style of poetry explores themes along the spheres of social commentary, nature as well as eroticism. Her poetry has been featured in the Jamaica Observer and as well as the digital literary magazine, Susumba Book Bag. She is currently working on first anthology of poems.



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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 readers – Jonadee and Jhada Martin

Twin sisters, Jonadee and Jhada Martin, are passionate young writers dedicated to the development of their craft. They are joint authors of their first novel, a fantasy fiction - The Fallen Empire - the first in the series, Cradle of the Sands. They first conceptualized Empire at the tender age of eleven years and now at eighteen the novel is the first milestone in their dedication to literature.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 reader – Lorna Goodison

Lorna Goodison is an internationally acclaimed author of twelve award winning books of poetry, three books of short stories and a prize-winning winning memoir, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and her Island. Her work, which has been translated into many languages, appears in the Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, as well as the Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry and the Harper Collins World Reader. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, the most recent being the 2015 Shirley Verrett Award, which recognises a faculty member at the University of Michigan whose work in the creative fields — teaching, performance, scholarship, or service — supports the success of female students or colleagues who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Her poetry collection, I Am Becoming My Mother, (1986) won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas Region, from England’s Commonwealth Institute in 1986. Goodison was awarded a Commonwealth Universities fellowship in Canada from 1990-91 and the Musgrave Gold Medal for contributions to Literature (1999) and Centenary Medal from the Institute of Jamaica. In 2013 she received the Jamaican national Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for outstanding achievements in Literature and Poetry, and in 2014 she was awarded the One Caribbean Media Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (Poetry).

Many critics consider Goodison one of the finest contemporary anglophone Caribbean writers. Her poems often focus on such women’s issues as sexuality, equality, love, and motherhood. In her poems she also writes about racial issues and the plight of the downtrodden. Goodison blends different dialects, or codes (Standard Jamaican English, Jamaican Creole, and Dread Talk), from her native Jamaica, using them interchangeably, sometimes all three in one line of poetry. Scholars have noted that this use of dialects gives her poetry depth and many layers of meaning.

Biographical Information

Goodison was born in 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 1—the Jamaican Emancipation Day, on which the abolition of slavery is celebrated. The eighth of nine children, Goodison grew up on a noisy street in a home with a concrete yard. This environment stimulated Goodison’s love for the Jamaican rural countryside. She graduated from St. Hugh’s High School and, after a year of working in the countryside in the Jamaican Library Services bookmobile, she attended the Jamaica School of Art, where she showed promise in writing and in painting. She then traveled to New York City to attend the Art Students’ League. She returned to Jamaica a year later and held various jobs, such as promotional consultant, creative writing teacher, artist, art teacher, and cultural administrator. . In 1980, she also published her first collection of poems,Tamarind Season. In 1991, she began to accept visiting teaching appointments at universities and colleges in the United States and in Canada, including University of Michigan, Radcliffe College, and University of Toronto.

Critical Reception

Goodison’s poetry is highly regarded by critics as well as by her peers. Andrew Salkey, Cyril Dabydeen, and Edward Baugh, all acclaimed poets in their own right, praise her poems both for their lyricism and content, and offer strong testaments to Goodison’s abilities as a poet. Reviewers agree that her blending of the three Jamaican dialects gives her poetry dimensions and depth of meaning, and lend a song-like quality. She is praised for being able to write true feminist poetry without separating men from women. Although at times she exposes the injustices that women experience at the hands of men, Goodison also writes highly acclaimed love poems. Her work is considered versatile, and is written to be enjoyed by men and women, Jamaicans and tourists, the rich and the poor alike.

Principal Works

Tamarind Season 1980

I Am Becoming My Mother 1986


Lorna Goodison: Chapbook of Poems 1989

Selected Poems 1992

To Us, All Flowers Are Roses 1995

Turn Thanks 1999

Guinea Woman: New and Selected Poems 2000

Baby Mother and the King of Swords (short stories) 1990

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Talking Trees 2015 reader – Sharon Leach

Sharon Leach is a journalist, author, essayist and editor of Bookends, the Jamaica Observer’s weekly literary arts magazine. Her short fiction has appeared in Kunapipi, Journal of Postcolonial Writing; Iron Balloons: Fiction from Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop; and Blue Latitudes: An Anthology of Caribbean Women Fiction Writers; the Jamaica Journal; Caribbean Writing Today; Calabash: A Journal of Arts and Letters; AfroBeat Journal; and Pepperpot: Best New Stories From the Caribbean. Her essays have appeared in Air Jamaica’s Skywritings magazine and The Caribbean Voice newspaper. In 2011, she was a recipient of the Musgrave Bronze Medal from the Council of the Institute of Jamaica for distinguished eminence in the field of Literature.

She has read at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2012 in Trinidad and in 2014, the PEN America World Voices Festival in New York.

Her first book, What You Can’t Tell Him: Stories, a collection of short fiction, was published in 2006 by Star Apple Publishers in Trinidad and Tobago. Her latest, Love It When You Come, Hate It When You Go, was put out by Peepal Tree Press in 2014.


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Talking Trees 2015 reader – Xavienne-Roma Richardson

Xavienne-Roma Richardson is currently a third-year student in the Department of Literatures in English, The UWI, Mona. She is a Kittitian by birth, but has adopted Jamaica as a second home.

Her interest in communication and human relations encouraged her to pursue this degree, which she has decided to complement with a minor in Gender and Development Studies.
She was the recipient of the Vicens prize for Most Outstanding Academic Performance in Level II, the Brodber/Pollard Prize for Most Outstanding Academic Performance in Creative Writing – Prose Fiction, and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Prize for Most Outstanding Academic Performance in West Indian Literature.
She intends to pursue a Master’s Degree at some point, but her immediate plan is to return home where she will merge her interests, communication and gender, and contribute to improving the social well-being of St. Kitts-Nevis.

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Talking Trees 2015 reader – Annie Paul

India-born Annie Paul is a writer and critic based at The University of the West Indies, Mona, where she is head of the Publications Section at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies. Editor of the book, Caribbean Culture: Soundings on Kamau Brathwaite, Paul is the recipient of a grant from the Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands). She is a founding editor of Small Axe and the original Caribbean Review of Books; and has been published in international journals and magazines such as Newsweek, the Guardian (UK), Chimurenga, The Caravan (India), Slavery & Abolition, Art Journal, South Atlantic Quarterly, Wasafiri, Callaloo, and Bomb. Paul is author of the blog Active Voice ( You can follow her on Twitter @anniepaul.

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Two Seasons Talking Trees 2015 reader – Tanya Shirley


Tanya Shirley was born and lives in Jamaica. She is a graduate student and teacher in the Department of Literatures in English at UWI, Mona. She was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, USA. Her work has appeared in Small Axe and The Caribbean Writer an in New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology (ed. Kei Miller, Carcanet, 2007). She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a past participant in Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops. (From:

Tanya’s most recent collection of poems is The Merchant of Feathers, published by Peepal Tree Press in December 2014. Her  first collection, She Who Sleeps with Bones,was published  by Peepal Tree Press in May, 2009.

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