WISE WORDS: Author Sonia King reads at the 2011 Talking Trees fiesta.
As part of the inaugural Bread Basket Festival in Treasure Beach, St. Bess, the Talking Trees Literary Fiesta (put on by the 2 Seasons Guest House last May) brought a welcome dose of cultural flair to the coastal town – while the Calabash Festival was still on hiatus.
With the impending return of Calabash to Jake’s on the customary Labour Day weekend, the organizers of Talking Trees are pulling their event up to February 25 for this year’s second staging.
Now it would appear that Treasure Beach is the prime road-trip destination for local culture lovers who don’t plan on missing a single one of the islandwide events that fall under the Jamaica 50 umbrella. “We are aiming for the same high standard that [everyone’s] contribution helped to set in May 2011,” explains Christine Marrett, proprietor of the 2 Seasons Guest House and chief organizer of the event. “This year, Talking Trees will be part of the Treasure Beach Culture Fest, which is a Jamaica 50-endorsed event.”
Featured writers and speakers at last year’s Talking Trees included Joan Andrea-Hutchinson, Ian Randle, Judith Falloon-Reid and Keiran King. This year’s lineup is yet to be announced.