Two Seasons Talking Trees 2019 Reader: Khadijah Chin

Khadijah D. Chin is a lover of all things language. She is fascinated by foreign language and claims to have learned everything she knows about English from studying Spanish, French, Jamaican Creole and Mandarin Chinese. She has been writing poetry and songs for as long as she has been conscious of her existence. By day, she is a teacher of English at her alma mater, Campion College and she hopes to one day, publish a novel, an anthology and an autobiography.

She is the winner of the National Library of Jamaica Poet Laureate of Jamaica Programme 2019, Young Writer’s Prize.

 

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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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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:

St. Bess All Occasions    

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Poet Laureate of Jamaica Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry

From: https://nlj.gov.jm/poetryprize/

The National Library of Jamaica is proud to announce the second cycle of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry.  The winner of the prize will receive $1,000 US dollars, as well as an invitation to participate in an award ceremony to be held in Kingston on March 21, 2019 – World Poetry Day Jamaica. This cash prize is funded by the Helen Zell Writer’s Program at the University of Michigan to recognize talented young Jamaicans with an interest in pursuing a career in poetry.

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry affords shortlisted applicants the opportunity to have their work appraised by staff and students of the prestigious and highly competitive Master of Fine Arts writing program at the University of Michigan. The program boasts a faculty of award winning poets and fiction writers.

The Poet Laureate of Jamaica program is administered by the National Library of Jamaica.

Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Jamaican nationals between the ages of 17-25 who are interested in pursuing a career in the writing of poetry
  • The submitted poems must be the original work of the applicant
  • Poems may be written on any subject of the applicant’s choosing
  • Poems submitted for this prize should not have been previously published

 

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The Edward Baugh Prize for Poetry

Named for Poet and Professor Emeritus of English at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (The UWI), The Edward Baugh Prize for Poetry is one of four prizes being awarded on March 21, 2019 – World Poetry Day.

Open to an emerging poet under the age of thirty-five (35) residing in the eastern end of the island (namely, the parishes of Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland). The prize will include a cash award of US$1000. The prize is administered in partnership with the University of Virginia Center for Poetry and Poetics.

Eligibility

  • The prize is open to Jamaican nationals under the age of thirty-five (35)
  • Applicants must reside in one of the eastern parishes, namely Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland
  • The submitted poems must be the original work of the applicant
  • Poems may be written on any subject of the applicant’s choosing
  • Poems submitted for this prize should not have been previously published
From: https://nlj.gov.jm/poetryprize/

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta – Reader, Alecia McKenzie

Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer and journalist currently based in Paris. She attended Alpha Academy in Kingston, where she started writing, with her poems being published in the local newspapers, The Gleaner and The Star. She holds a B.A. degree  in journalism and literature from Troy (State) University in Alabama (1983) and an M.Sc. in journalism from Columbia University in New York (1985). She has done postgraduate research on the political role of the media at City University, London (1998-2000).

Her first book, the short-story collection Satellite City (Longman, 1992), which was translated into Dutch, and her novel, Sweetheart (Peepal Tree Press, 2011), both won Commonwealth literary awards and she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2015. Sweetheart, a novel about an artist, was translated into French and published as Trésor and was awarded the 2017 Prix Carbet des lycéens.  Her other books are: When the Rain Stopped in Natland (Longman, 1995), a novella for children; Stories From Yard (Peepal Tree Press, 2005), which was first published in Italy as Racconti Giamaicani, (Ferrara, 2001); and Doctor’s Orders (Heinemann, 2005), a novella for teens.

Her work has appeared in literary magazines and a range of international anthologies such as Stories from Blue Latitudes, Global Tales, Light Transports, The Penguin Book of Caribbean Short Stories, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, and the first Girls’ Night In, among others.  In addition, Alecia’s stories have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Icelandic and Chinese.  In 2017, she launched the Caribbean Translation Project to promote the translation of creative and scholarly writing from and about the Caribbean.

Alecia’s journalistic articles have appeared in various international publications including The Wall Street Journal/Europe and the former International Herald Tribune, and she has written for news agencies and magazines such as New African.

She is also an accomplished artist whose artwork has been exhibited internationally in group and solo art shows in New York, Brussels, Kingston, Paris, London and Singapore. In 2011, she was invited by France Télévisions in Paris to present a solo exhibition in honour of Bob Marley on the 30th anniversary of his death.  She is the founder of Southern World Arts News (SWAN), a culture site about artists whose work contributes to improving lives globally.

She currently teaches creative writing in Paris and is working on a play.

 

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Two Seasons Talking Trees, May 25, 2019 – Update


 

 

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Presented in association with the

Department of Literatures in English, The UWI, Mona

and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund (GLMF)

 

 

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Save the date – Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta 2019

Two Seasons Guest House is once again partnering with the Department of Literatures in English at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona Campus, and the Gloria Lyn Memorial Fund to stage Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta, on Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Treasure Beach, the home of community tourism on Jamaica’s South Coast.

A family oriented, inspiring day of readings by new and established poets, novelists and playwrights, the Fiesta also features a children’s programme that runs concurrently with the main stage. Stay tune for details.

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Moods, Music, Memories – Keith Shepherd

Keith Shepherd, writer, fine artist, actor and performance poet, will entertain you with his dramatic poetic presentations on stage at Moods, Music, Memories – the celebration of Two Seasons Guest House’s 10th anniversary.

This multi-gold medallist in the Speech Category of the annual Festival of the Performing Arts, staged by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), continues to forge a path of excellence in his chosen fields of endeavour. Keith’s talents were nurtured in the Methodist church and at his alma mater, Vauxhall High School in East Kingston, where he served as head boy for the school year 1980 – 81.

Currently finalizing his first book for publication, Argument Done – the title of one of his poems – Keith’s work is featured in In the Morning Yah, by his son, Sheldon Shepherd, founder and member of the performing arts group, No-maddz.

 

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Moods, Music, Memories – MC, Fae Ellington

Fae Ellington is a sought-after master of ceremonies at home and abroad. This multi-talented personality started her career in broadcast media and journalism in 1974, three years after she established herself as an actress.

She is a communication consultant, trainer and speaking coach for companies, groups and individuals in the public and private sectors and, since 1985, has been a lecturer at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona Campus in Jamaica. On April 1, 2018, she assumed the role of host and producer of the popular weekly interview programme, Profile, on Television Jamaica (TVJ).

Fae was trained at the Jamaica School of Drama, the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC), and CARIMAC. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from The UWI and is a BBC certified trainer.

Her public service includes being a director of several boards, currently serving on the boards of National Integrity Action, and St. Hugh’s High School – her alma mater. She is a member of the Access to Information Appeal Tribunal and patron of the Clarendon 4H Clubs.

For her sterling contribution to communication, media, education and culture, Ms Ellington was awarded the national honour: Order of Distinction, Commander Class. Other honours include the Bronze Musgrave Medal, and the St. Hugh’s High School Distinguished Past Student Award.

Come and be entertained by Ms. Fae Ellington, as she hosts Moods, Music, Memories in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Two Seasons Guest House, in Treasure Beach, on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

 

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