The Inaugural Staging of the Asante Adonai Literary Lyme

The Asante Adonai Literary Lyme
“Where Creation Meets Creativity”
Sunday, May 22, 2011, 10 am to 6 pm

Asante Adonai Literary Lyme is a Post Calabash Withdrawal Symptoms Treatment Session. I posted the following on my Facebook page in January 2011. 

“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 heard from him and actually had him and Justine on my radio show confirming that it is so.

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’.

We are now ready to go. We want this is to be a Green event in as many ways as possible. We are encouraging people to car-pool  and we are providing as many buses as needed from Kingston (for a reasonable charge). Please contact: Christopher Blake, Club Jamaica Tours – 369-5596 to reserve a seat on the bus.

We are powering the event with solar energy compliments of one of our sponsors, Solartech Jamaica Limited.  The venue is a working organic farm and many other green features will be in place. Let us all do our part to keep the carbon footprint of the event as small as possible.

Planning to attend the Asante Adonai Literary Lyme but want somewhere to stay? Here are some options.   If you would like to share an experience within the community near to the venue, then please contact Ms. Audrey Scott for bookings.  Email:  Telephone: 401-8012 . Options include rooms with ensuite bathroom, fan and Full Jamaican Breakfast to villas with King-sized beds. For those of you who like staying in a hotel, we recommend the Breezes Runaway Bay Hotel. They have a Special local rate for the period. Please call them to make your booking – 973-6099.

The Literary Lyme will be held at The Celebration Grounds at Asante Adonai which is located in Winefield, St. Ann, Jamaica.

  • Winefield is located 5KM north of Claremont on route to St. Ann’s Bay.
  • 20 Minutes from Faiths Pen,
  • 20 minutes from Ocho Rios,
  • 15 minutes from St. Ann’s Bay,
  • 15 minutes from Moneague,
  • 5 minutes from Claremont – in the lush green hills of St. Ann.

This is also 15 minutes from St. Anns Bay. If your vehicle has a GPS navigation system you will find us at Latitude -N18 22.272, Longitude- W077 11.411, Elevation-425M.

The official launch will take place on Sunday May 1, 2011 at Bookophilia in Kingston from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The feature for the afternoon will be:

Inspiration from Between the Covers” – Who touched you?

In this first build-up to The Lyme, select readers share an excerpt of their favourite book/author. 

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. “ – Henry David Thoreau

On Sunday May 15th we will host Pre-Lyme, Post-Script”.     This will be our second warm up in the form of an  Open Mike Session in the same time slot at the same venue.  Think you got the words that can move the people… then bring it on.

“Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular”.  Aristotle

We have an exciting line up for The Asante Adonai Literary Lyme 


Confrontin’ The Word  – 10:00 to 11:20 a.m.

  • Dr. Michael Abrahams
  • Mel Cooke
  • Mutabaruka

My Favourite Author – 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Select readers share an excerpt of their favourite book/author. This is important as many people can point to a book or an author who had a profound impact on their life.

  • Richard Small
  • Jean Small
  • Alwyn Scott

Lunch Blessings – 12:15 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. Ras Takura, Poet

Lunch Break 12:20 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

On offer – Organically grown vegetables and ground provisions served as Living (Raw) food and ital entrées. Deli-styled options and Jerked lamb & lamb sausages from our local farmers will be available as well.

Open Mike – 18 Poets get 3 minutes each to bring us to tears, joy and wonder –1:00 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.

From Page to Stage – 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

  • Improv Theatre showing how the Word gets translated to performance

Then The Word Became…. – 3:00 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.

  • Barbara Blake Hanna
  • Dr. Velma Pollard
  • Tanya Stephens

A Musical Conversation between Blak Muzik (Mutabaruka) and jUdgeMENt Sound (The Doc)

Topic: The Lyrical Consciousness of Burning Spear – Son of St. Ann – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Rites

Once Upon a Lyme, our Children’s Tent

The tent will cater to Children from 3 to 12 years old

Amina Blackwood-Meeks will manage the tent

 MORNING Session – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

  •  Storytelling  with Aminah Blackwood-Meeks
  • Children’s Writer – Tanya Batson-Savage will read from her work
  • Activity: The children will draw illustrations for one of the stories that they heard

AFTERNOON Session – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  •  Two (2) Children’s Writers will read for the children – Kellie Magnus and Jana Bent
  • Story-Telling with Aminah Blackwood-Meeks
  • Activity: The children will be asked to write an Alternative Ending for the story they heard from Amina

Book Drive

Attendees are invited to bring a book to donate to the St. Ann Parish Library which is located in St. Ann’s Bay. The library really needs Children’s books and Adult Light Fiction material.

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3 Responses to The Inaugural Staging of the Asante Adonai Literary Lyme

  1. afolashade says:

    I feel heartened to know that this activity that focuses on the literary arts is in the making. I like the from page to stage concept(I have a project with the same title, but the words are from newspaper articles) great minds do think alike.

  2. diana figeroua says:

    looking forward to such event i know it’s going to be a wonderful evening

  3. Eileen E Powell says:

    Dr. Semaj, thank you for continuing to motivate and inspire us, the people. Your vision of our potential as a country is not lost on some of us. We continue to follow your work as you serve in the various areas of interest. I am so inspired by all that you do. You are a true father of the nation. Thank you.

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