Impressive Lineup of Jamaican Writers at
Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta.
The Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta has released its programme, with an impressive lineup of established and new Jamaican writers reading their own work.
The 13 Jamaican writers cover the areas of short stories, novels, plays, poetry and journalism. The Fiesta’s international writer is A. Igoni Barrett, the award-winning Nigerian short story writer with Jamaican roots. A panel discussion, Writing it down, explores the pros and cons of self-publishing or working with a publisher, paper or electronic publishing.
Open to the public at no charge, the Fiesta’s first readings start at 10:00 a.m. with the segment Party Pizzazz, featuring novelist Garfield Ellis and journalist, Robert Lalah. Ellis recently launched his latest novel, Till I’m Laid to Rest. Lalah is popular for his columns, Roving with Lalah and the book of the same name.
The panel discussion starts at 11:30 a.m. and features founder of Independent VoYces Literary Fair, Judith Fulloon Reid; publisher of the eZine, TALLAWAH, Tyrone Reid; and Chairman of Ian Randle Publishers, Ian Randle. The moderator of the discussion is composer and director of the music production collaborative, Sounds of Joy, Joy Simons Brown.
Best of the Fests starts at 12:30 p.m. featuring from Independent VoYces Literary Fair writers Sonia King (Jacket or Full Suit) and Veronica Blake Carnegie (The Tie that Came Back and Other Stories). Two writers from the Asante Adonai Literary Lyme will be invited to participate in this segment.
Open Mike will run from 1:10 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be moderated by Joy Simons Brown. Writers are invited to read their best material in two minutes or less.
Sneak Peek starts at 2:00 p.m. and is a reading of Keiran King’s upcoming play “Last Call” – a musical set in 1949 at the Myrtle Bank Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica.
Our Talk starts at 2:30 p.m. with readings from foundation dub poet based in Florida, Malachi Smith; co-founder of the Jamaica Poetry Society and broadcaster, Tomlin Ellis; writer and UTech lecturer in Communication Studies and Creative Writing, Nova Gordon Bell; and Northern Virginia-based fiction writer, Pamela K Marshall.
Talking Drums at 3:30 p.m. – a performance by twin brothers of Treasure Beach, the Shane Drummers – ushers in the featured presenter, A. Igoni Barrett, in Roots and Branches at 4:00 p.m.
Based in Lagos, Barrett is the author of the short story collection, Caves of Rotten Teeth. The son of the noted Jamaican poet and essayist, Lindsay Barrett, who lives in Nigeria, A Igoni Barrett also organizes literary events in his home country. He was a writer in residence at the Chinua Achebe Center in Mombassa, Kenya last year and will be in residence at the Norman Mailer Center in Massachusetts in July, and in September, he will be at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. He has completed a second collection of short stories which is awaiting publication.
The Fiesta gates open at 9:00 a.m., when patrons will be treated to an hour of Recorded Talk, featuring recordings of speeches, recitations and literary work interspersed with musical selections. MC for the day is author of the novel, Bad Girls in School, and the adventure audio drama, Fly Guy, Gwyneth Harold Davidson.
The Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta is the literary stage of the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival (TBBBF). Information on the Fiesta is at www.2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog.
The TBBBF will stage seven events from Friday May 27-Sunday, May 29. For more, visitwww.treasurebeach.net/BreadBasketFestival .
Proprietor Two Seasons Guest House, Christine Marrett
Hi, everything for the fiesta is coming along well. One exciting thing is that two foundation dub poets, Tomlin Ellis and Malachi Smith will be occupying the same stage after more than a decade.
All is coming along well for the fiesta. One exciting thing is that foundation dub poets Malachi Smith and Tomlin Ellis will be occupying the same stage having not performed together for decades. Thanks for the support, wish you could be in Treasure Beach for the event.
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