This is just a listing – some of these I’ve been to, some I’m slated to go to, some I’ve never been to. Just sharing all the ones I’m aware of.
Anguilla – The Anguilla Lit Fest – a Literary Jollification was held for the first time in May 2012 and attracted none less than bestselling author Terry McMillan and Antigua and Barbuda’s own Marie Elena John.
Review at Travel and Leisure
Antigua and Barbuda – The Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival. This started in November 2006 but is currently on hiatus. Keep checking the website or their facebook page in case this changes.
Here’s a post I did about the first year of the festival.
Cayman Islands – Gimistory, the Cayman Islands International Storytelling Festival. I’m not familiar with this one but there’s more information, here.
Cuba – The Havana International Book Fair. February. This is on the to-do list. Actually I would absolutely love to see a group of Antiguan and Barbudan writers experience this event, if anyone’s listening.
Curacao – well,
this year 2014 in Curacao… this one moves around… the International Conference on Caribbean Literature, a project of Morehouse College out of the US.
Dominica – The Nature Island Literary Festival. It was started by Alwyn Bully in 2007. It’s held each August. I had the opportunity to attend in 201
32 and wrote this. Check their facebook for updates.
Jamaica – The Calabash International Literary Festival at Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth. My favourite Caribbean lit fest location to date, Calabash was started in 2001. I was part of a group of Antiguan and Barbudan writers who attended the May festival in 2007 with backing from the Commonwealth Foundation and the mood of the event was appreciated by us all. I shared the experience here.
NPR review & Guardian UK review
New York – I intended to limit this to festivals taking place in the Caribbean…buuut the Caribbean Cultural Theatre Celebration of the Word in June rates a mention as does their running series of readings by authors from the region.
St. Lucia – The WordAlive Literary Festival takes place in March. Another one for the ‘to do list’.
Adrian Augier on WordAlive
Trinidad and Tobago – The Bocas Literary Festival. Started in 2011, this has a major literary prize and a grant for emerging writers attached. It takes place in April. Check their website and facebook for updates.
Bocas Review by Annie Paul and my experience here.
V I Literary Festival – This will be held for the first time in 2015.
There are writers retreats and conferences I could add, not to mention more on the festivals already lifted, but I’ll stop there for now.
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