It is exciting being a part of the team that is planning the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta for May 28 in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. I respect so much and have worked closely with the two ladies who are anchoring the preparations: Dr Christine Marrett and Mrs Janet Barrett. Fidelitas.
The programme shows that it is shaping up to be a day spent listening to good writing and the panel discussion should get ideas going. We also want to create an atmosphere where creative writers can meet and have conversations with each other. As the MC I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the participants and am looking forward to meeting others in a cherished day among creative minds.
I was entrusted with the responsibility to put together the segment Recorded Talk that starts the morning. I had great visions of digging into public and private archives for audio of treasured writing, but that turned out to be a task greater than the efforts that I can devote at this time. Fortunately, we have a lovely cache of recorded talk here already in Jamaica and my play list includes poetry in dialect, inspirational work, the humourous side of life in Jamaica and the Caribbean and yes, some Shakespeare from an online resource.
I was very happy when we booked Jamaican novelist, Garfield Ellis. Aside from his great writing skill, he tells you richly detailed perspectives on contemporary Jamaican life that is is threaded with truth from beginning to end, but that does not leave you in despair.
Our published short story writers include educator, Veronica Carnegie, and Nigerian writer, A. Igoni Barrett. Barrett will be travelling direct from Nigeria for the festival before preparing for his fellowship at the Norman Mailer Center later this year.
Popular columnist and entertainment editor, Robert Lalah will read from his work which has delighted Jamaicans at home and all over the diaspora. Sonia King whose unique perspective as the former head of the paternity testing lab at the University Hospital will continue to astound listeners.
Online eZine publisher of TALLAWAH, Tyrone Reid; producer of the Independent VoYces Literary Fair Judith Falloon Reid and musical arranger and writer, Joy Simons Brown, will be on stage for the panel discussion "E-book or paper, self published or publisher".
Our poets so far are co founder of the Jamaica Poetry Society and Manager of Kool FM, Tomlin Ellis and foundation dub poet, Malachi Smith. Upcoming playwright, Keiran King will have a reading of his new play at Talking Trees. Published works of the writers will be available on site through the fiesta's book vendor, Bookophilia of Kingston.
There is no cover charge for the event but families and children are welcome as a separate programme is being planned for them. There will also be round trip transportation through Jamaica Cultural Enterprises available to get you back to Mo Bay, M'Ville or Kingston at a comfortable hour.
The fiesta is a part of the Treasure Beach Bread Basket Festival which will have live entertainment, fashion and food. A movement of which the fiesta is so proud to be a part.