The Calabash Experience 2014 – Day 1

Beverly East greeted us with her UK accent and Jamaican storytelling. She recapped her life in UK and her childhood with her grandma in the country. Serious and Funny were the chapters, as she took the audience 50 years back in a time when Jamaican immigration was at its highest.Grandma 6 rules surely had the … Continue reading The Calabash Experience 2014 – Day 1

Calabash Schedule Day 1 courtesy of www.calabashfestival.org

The Calabash Experience – Calabash Schedule, 3 nights of World Class Poetry

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe Calabash 2014, as said  by many at the festival, is a world class event featuring some of the best poets, writers and authors in the world. This bi-annual event featured many great writers such as Jamaica Kincaid, Zadie Smith, Sir Salman Rushdie, Mukoma wa Ngugi, … Continue reading The Calabash Experience – Calabash Schedule, 3 nights of World Class Poetry

Post Calabash post by Stephanie Saulter

The Calabash International Literary Festival 2014 has been over for going on four days now, and I am not yet quite recovered. From the welcome dinner for authors and press last Thursday night; to the Friday morning boat trip to Pelican Bar; to the opening of the Festival proper that evening with an emotional reading of Maya Angelou’s seminal Still I Rise; to Saturday’s packed programme that featured Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, Karen Lord, and … umm … me; to Sunday’s mellow musical wind-down, followed by another sumptuous farewell meal – it was, in a word, amazing. Calabash accomplishes something that few other literary festivals or genre conventions achieve, or even attempt: a true meeting of creative minds, a bridging of the gap between ‘mainstream’ and ‘genre’, a celebration of the full breadth and depth of literary ambition and experience.

Stephanie Saulter

The Calabash International Literary Festival 2014 has been over for going on four days now, and I am not yet quite recovered. From the welcome dinner for authors and press last Thursday night; to the Friday morning boat trip to Pelican Bar; to the opening of the Festival proper that evening with an emotional reading of Maya Angelou’s seminal Still I Rise; to Saturday’s packed programme that featured Zadie Smith, Colum McCann, Salman Rushdie, Karen Lord, and … umm … me; to Sunday’s mellow musical wind-down, followed by another sumptuous farewell meal – it was, in a word, amazing. Calabash accomplishes something that few other literary festivals or genre conventions achieve, or even attempt: a true meeting of creative minds, a bridging of the gap between ‘mainstream’ and ‘genre’, a celebration of the full breadth and depth of literary ambition and experience.

These were just a few of my…

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Wanjuki wa Ngugi and the poet and novelist Mukoma wa Ngugi

A Family Affair at Calabash: Lit Fest hosts First Family of Kenyan Letters

This year’s Calabash International Literary Festival, Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1, at Jakes in Treasure Beach, will welcome Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the famed Kenyan writer whose richly imaginative and politically aware novels have become classics in world literature, Jamaica’s Observer reports. But he will not be coming alone. As it happens, Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been working hard at the ensuring a remarkable future for African writing by fathering two up-and-coming writers, the novelist Wanjuki wa Ngugi and the poet and novelist Mukoma wa Ngugi. The three writers will share the stage for the very first time anywhere at Calabash 2014 reading from their recent works and representing the rich and expanding tradition in African writing.

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This year’s Calabash International Literary Festival, Friday, May 30 – Sunday, June 1, at Jakes in Treasure Beach, will welcome Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the famed Kenyan writer whose richly imaginative and politically aware novels have become classics in world literature, Jamaica’s Observer reports. But he will not be coming alone. As it happens, Ngugi wa Thiong’o has been working hard at the ensuring a remarkable future for African writing by fathering two up-and-coming writers, the novelist Wanjuki wa Ngugi and the poet and novelist Mukoma wa Ngugi. The three writers will share the stage for the very first time anywhere at Calabash 2014 reading from their recent works and representing the rich and expanding tradition in African writing.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o belongs to a small and impressive group of writers whose fictional work is matched easily by their contribution to larger socio-political and intellectual thoughts about the world in which…

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Eating area at Jack Sprat at Treasure Beach

The Calabash Experience – Island Potluck at Jack Sprat-Treasure Beach

Check out this brief documentary on Jamaican food as experienced at Jack Sprat-Treasure Beach ...certainly a part of The Calabash Experience. Located on the western end of the property, cushioned in its very own bay, Jack Sprat serves up seafood prepared to your preference in a relaxed outdoor setting. But let’s not forget the pizza—it’s … Continue reading The Calabash Experience – Island Potluck at Jack Sprat-Treasure Beach

Moments from Calabash 2014

This year’s Calabash audience had the rare opportunity of hearing from the immensely talented Jamaica Kincaid – first in an amusing reading from her latest book, and then in a insightful and engaging conversation with Kwame Dawes.

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This year’s Calabash audience had the rare opportunity of hearing from the immensely talented Jamaica Kincaid – first in an amusing reading from her latest book, and then in a insightful and engaging conversation with Kwame Dawes. The interchange included Kincaid’s description of the impact the Concise Oxford Dictionary had on her, as the only thing she had to read – punishment handed down to her seven-year-old self to copy out pages of “Paradise Lost” – passing comment on  letters to the Corinthians from “the constipated Paul” – and her request for a picture of the Calabash audience, which she said included the most black people she had ever seen at a reading, proving that black people do read (and write!)

I was also honoured to have been asked to participate in the celebration of this year’s featured book at Calabash 2014…

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A Literary Festival in Paradise – Jamaica Calabash 2014

via Happenings | A Literary Festival in Paradise. Jamaica’s rocky, arid south coast is refreshingly low on tourist traffic compared with the bustling north — which is just how fans of the beloved bohemian hideaway Jake’s Hotel like it. This weekend, 27 modern literary legends will descend upon the rural seaside town of Treasure Beach … Continue reading A Literary Festival in Paradise – Jamaica Calabash 2014