The original Literary Arts Festivals of the Caribbean post dates back to 2014. This is a revamp with some additions and will list only festivals active at the time of this posting to the best of our knowledge.
Antigua and Barbuda’s literary festival activities (pictured above, 2007) have been fractured – from the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival which was one of the first in the region when it started in 2006 (it didn’t last) to a community effort that resulted in the Wadadli Stories one day activity in 2017. There is a Literacy Day on the Ministry of Education calendar and literary limes like Expressions Open Mic (currently on break), Soothe, the Just Write Writers Retreat (also on break), ETA: Spilling Ink has also stepped in to the field with Poetry in the Park. There have also been literary arts showcases (of sorts, on and off) in recent Independence programmes, but a funded lit arts festival on par with ABILF, no. And for the future, who knows?
Cayman Islands –
St. Lucia –
St. Martin –
Trinidad and Tobago –
United States Virgin Islands –
Events based outside of the Caribbean
If there’s a Caribbean literary arts festival that you feel has been overlooked, please send me the information at jhohadli at gmail dot com
Images in this post are top to bottom from the Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival 2007 (featuring Donna Hill, Verna Wilkins, Dawne Allette, and Victoria Christopher Murray), the USVI Lit Fest and Book Fair 2015 (Sharon Millar, Tiphanie Yanique, Gillian Royes, and Joanne C. Hillhouse), and Bocas in Trinidad 2014 (A-dZiko Simba Gegele, Joanne C. Hillhouse, and Colleen Smith-Dennis).
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