Sunday, 29 January 2012

Playwright Aston Cooke told the Jamaica Observer that he is looking forward to organising a reading of his upcoming production Jamaica Jamboree at the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta. This is one of two  new readings confirmed for the literary event, the other being Jamaican Revolutionary - a history of the game of football in Jamaica written by journalist, Mark Thomas.

Patrons of the festival will be treated to excerpts of readings of excerpts from novels and poems from last year's festival in the segment called Recorded Talk. For last year's schedule go to

We will be partnering with the Jamaica Observer's Bookends and feature selected writing from this year's featured authors. For author profiles, visit

Talking Trees is a family event and a children's programme will be featured throughout the day. Books of the authors will be on sale and there will also be used book sales. Jamaica Cultural Enterprises will be offering transportation from Kingston for the event.  See photos of the writers below and keep in touch with me via Twitter - or RoadSafetyJa
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Festival contact:
Tour contact:

K Schawpp, novelist
S Francis Brown, children's writer, historian  
Roland Watson-Grant, fiction writer

Michael Abrahams, performance poet
fabian thomas, poet, theatre practitioner

Kellie Magnus, children's writer 

Aston Cooke, playwright
Kalilah Enriquez, poet

Gwyneth Harold, compere, author
Mark Thomas, journalist

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Sunday, 22 January 2012

 Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta returns on Feb 25, 2012

January 22, 2012 

Two Seasons Guest House ( in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth will be the place to be for lovers of the written and spoken word for the second staging of Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta, on February 25, 2012. Talking Trees is part of the Treasure Beach Culturefest 2012, a special celebration for Black History month and Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence. Special partner for the literary stage is JAMCOPY – the Jamaican copyright licensing agency.

The line-up is a stimulating mix of well-known and new Jamaican writers, who will begin to tell their stories at 10 a.m. The poetic voices of Michael Abrahams, Malachi Smith, Easton Lee, Christine Craig, fabian thomas and Kalilah Enriquez, and will be joined by folklorist Fern Luecke, novelists Melanie Schwapp, Fabian Thomas and Roland Waton-Grant and  and non-fiction writer Mark Thomas.

Playwright Aston Cooke will give a first taste of his production of his production Jonkanoo Jamboree, which was written especially for Jamaica’s 50th   Independence celebrations. The play will be a major production of the University Players (UWI) and directed by Brian Heap.

The focus of the panel discussion is Writing for Children, and panelists are children’s writers Diane Brown, Jean Forbes, Kellie Magnus, and Sharon Martini. Suzanne Francis Brown will be the moderator.

A children’s programme will run simultaneously through the day managed by Ingrid Blackwood.

Books and CDs by the authors and second hand books will be on sale, as well as food and drink.

The first staging of Two Seasons Talking Trees was in May 2011. Additional information on the writers and the programme as it is finalized is at


Proprietor Two Seasons Guest House, Christine Marrett