Welcome to The Asante Adonai Literary Lyme

A Post Calabash Withdrawal Symptoms Group Treatment Session


My name is Leahcim Semaj and I am an addict, a Calabash Literary Festival Addict.

I am still in shock brought on by the media report that implied the ‘death of Calabash’. I immediately wrote to my friend Colin Channer asking him to ‘say it ain’t so, say it ain’t so’. I have not heard from him.

From the first Calabash on the front lawn of Jakes, through the rain-drenched sessions that drove us to the shelter of the Treasure Beach Hotel, on to the high point with Soyinka last year, I have enjoyed all ten stagings. These annual extended immersion with books, writers and readers were as therapeutic as they were enjoyable and energising. I am now beginning to feel the withdrawal symptoms brought on by not having the anticipation of my next  Calabash ‘fix’. In desperation I have decided to ‘roll my own’.

Announcing The Asante Literary Lyme
It’s been said that ‘misery loves company’. We would definitely love the company of fellow persons who are suffering from Post Calabash Withdrawal Symptoms (PCWS) to joins us on Sunday, May 22nd on our Celebration Grounds at Asante Adonai in Winefield, St. Ann for a one day group treatment session. This will not replace the original Calabash, but will go a long way to continue the enjoyable therapy provided by immersion in the world of books, writers and readers. Without a doubt we know that ‘in the beginning was the word’. You can confirm to participation via my Facebook events page or on this blog.

The Asante Adonai Literary Lyme

Sunday, May 22nd 2011

The Celebration Grounds at Asante Adonai

Winefield, St. Ann, Jamaica

(Asante Adonai is located 5KM North of Claremont on route to St. Anns Bay, Jamaica
Latitude -N18 22.272, Longitude- W077 11.411, Elevation-425M)

Draft Schedule

  • Man’s View – 1.5 hours  – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Male writers/Poets)
  • (Readers to be announced)
  • My Favourite Author –  12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (Readers sharing)
  • Open Mike – 45 mins. – 1:00 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Woman’s Vibe  – 1.5 hours – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (Female writers/Poets)
  • (Readers to be announced)
  • Musical Message – 1 hour – 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Food and Drink on sale

(organically grown vegetables and ground provisions and raw food entrées)

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3 Responses to Welcome to The Asante Adonai Literary Lyme

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  2. Nadine A Marriott says:

    Maybe if Calabash were scaled down to a single day event such as you are about to present, it could survive!
    Calabash was a victim of its own success.
    A programme such as it had become, could not be sustained without significant and sustained sponsorship. You are no doubt aware that sponsors soon want to influence the nature of your product!!
    I wish you ‘good success’ in your venture.
    If Calabash cannot be revived then all participants must treasure the memories in their hearts!!!

    • I agree with your sentiments. If we do not learn from history we are condemned to keep making the same mistakes. I will take the memories for 10 years of Calabash into the sustainable model that we are crafting.

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