TWO SEASONS TALKING TREES – KINGSTON EDITION
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Kingston, January 22, 2014
The Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta will host its first Kingston Edition on Sunday, February 16. The programme of readings will feature new and emerging local authors and international writers across several genres at Lillian’s Restaurant, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) The event, which is free to the public, will run from 11AM to 4PM and refreshments will be on sale.
The international writer in the short story genre is Nigerian writer Igoni Barrett, who made his first appearance in Jamaica at the 2012 staging of the Two Seasons Talking Trees Literary Fiesta in Treasure Beach. He will be reading from his newest book, Love is Power or Something Like That. Barrett is a former winner of the BBC short story prize.
The other international writer is Femke Van Zeijl, Dutch freelance journalist based in Lagos. Vam Zeijl has written two non-fiction books in Dutch: Een nacht in een vijzel (A Night in a Mortar) on women in Africa; and Gin-tonic & Cholera on everyday urban life in Africa.
Novelist and short story writer Roland Watson Grant returns to the Two Seasons Talking Trees stage to read from his novel Sketchers, which recently debuted in New York City.
The selected Jamaican short story writers include creative writer and marketing professional Ruddy Wallace; Head of PR and Marketing at the University of the West Indies, Dr Carroll Edwards; and Head of the Department of Liberal Studies at Utech, Dr Nova Gordon Bell. All writers are gold medal awardees of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), and are featured in either the Festival Literary Anthology 1987 or the Gold Anthology 2012.
Featured poets are Ann Margaret Lim The Festival of Wild Orchid , which in 2013 received a UK Guardian First Book nomination and an Honourable Mention at the Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad and Tobago; also Trench Town poet and life philosopher, Marlon Thompson whose anthology is Words from Mamma’s Son.
Personal journals will be explored through the writing of missionary and ethnomusicologist Jo Ann Richards. She has published her experiences in Godincidences and her musical album is Kom Mek Wi Worship.
Emerging writers are invited to attend and read during the Open Mic segment. Playback of recorded talk and speeches will further enhance the literary atmosphere of the event.
Presented by Two Seasons Guest House, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth (www.2seasonsguesthouse.com), The Two Seasons Talking Trees Kingston Edition follows two successful stagings of the Fiesta in Treasure Beach in 2011 and 2012. You can view a review of them at http://2seasonsguesthouse.com/blog/?p=754.
The electronic media partner is Newstalk 93FM.
To help the organisers make adequate arrangements, if you are planning on attending, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.