Tuesday, 10 March 2015

SCENE & HEARD: Stars in the mix at the 2015 Kingston Book Fair, Devon House

GIRL POWER: Media veteran and co-host of RJR's Jamaican Morning Paula-Ann Porter-Jones (left) flashed her pearly whites alongside musician-writer Jana Bent, who kept the kiddes' village hopping and the children well entertained with readings and a selection of lively tunes from the Shaggy Parrot soundtrack. By all appearances, the kids had a blast. 

SIGN ME UP: The soft launch for Basil Dawkins' stage-to-page comedy-drama Hot Spot was one of the main attractions at the fair. By mid-afternoon the tent occupied by publishers Hodder Education was teeming with celebs, including Prof. Mervyn Morris, actress Barbara McCalla, stage director Trevor Nairne, among several others. Here, the playwright autographs a copy of the play for Ambassador Anthony Johnson

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: Author and spoken-word artist Ad-Ziko Simba has a natural way with kids, so she was an ideal guest for a storytelling stint inside the kiddies' village. Here, Simba holds their attention as she recounts one of the fascinating tales from her repertoire. 

CAN WE TALK? The Young Adult Hangout also had much to offer patrons, including such fun activities as an author rap session, creative writing challenges, and readings from juicy new novels aimed at the teenage crowd. One of the hardest working women at the event, Gwyneth Harold Davidson (centre) who ran the YA tent, is spotted her catching up with Joan Barrett (Talking Trees Lit Fiesta) and author Camille Taylor

DOUBLE FEATURE: The music fraternity was also well represented at Saturday's book fair, thanks to appearances by a slew of artistes like Tanya Stephens and Twin of Twins. Patrick 'Curly Lox' Gaynor, one half of the popular dancehall duo was featured on the programme for the formal introduction of his new memoir, Road to Zion, to the general public. A detailed account of life with his late son Zion, who died at age six in 2007, and aspects of the Jamaican dancehall, Road to Zion is being released by Ghetto People Publishing.

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