The Antigua and Barbuda International Literary Festival is around the corner, back after a one year hiatus. The festival was held for the first time in 2006. It attracted numerous authors including
(Photo by Susan Noyce)
(pictured left to right) Dr. Althea Prince (author of Loving this Man), Elizabeth Nunez (author of Prospero’s Daughter), Verna Wilkins (founder of Tamarind publishers), Nalo Hopkinson (author of Brown Girl in the Ring), Marie Elena John (author of Unburnable), and me, Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend).
This year’s line-up includes John Agard, Jason Cole, Zee Edgell, Lorna Goodison, Bernice McFadden, Macka Diamond, Grace Nichols, Elizabeth Nunez, Verna Wilkins, and me. I believe I’m on a panel (and need to get to planning what I’m going to do or say 🙂 ) and I should be working the children’s tent with other members of the Cushion Club.
The festival headliner will be Pam Grier, star of Foxy Brown and author of the memoir, Foxy, which I had the opportunity to read and review for the Daily Observer newspaper. I’ll have lots to report, I’m sure, from the dinner and a movie fundraiser (looking forward to that…but what shall I wear :-))
Here’s the festival programme:
Thursday, November 4, 2010
10 a.m.-Noon Multipurpose Cultural Centre, St. John’s
Children’s Reading Convocation
With John Agard, Grace Nichols, Jason Cole, Dawne Allette, Verna Wilkins and other children’s authors
2:30-4 p.m. Multipurpose Cultural Centre, St. John’s
Workshop on Encouraging Young Children to Read
For primary school teachers, with Verna Wilkins
8 p.m. Halcyon Cove by Rex Resort
An Evening of Poetry
Featuring Esther Phillips, Lorna Goodison, Grace Nichols, John Agard, and Carolyn Matthew-Nation, in conjunction with the Antigua & Barbuda Young Poets Society
Friday, November 5, 2010
9 a.m-5 p.m. Siboney Lounge, Halcyon Cove
Students selected from Antigua & Barbuda’s secondary schools meet with visiting authors
3:00-3:30 p.m. Halcyon Cove
Short Story Contest Award Presentation
Presented by the Friends of the Antigua Public Library
3:00-5:00 p.m. Halcyon Cove
The What, How, When and Why of Book Publishing
Publishing is a very mysterious industry, or is it? Be a part of the conversation with the people in the know. This session will delve into the nuts and bolts of how to get your book published, and what to work towards once in it is in the marketplace.
With Linda Duggins from Hachette Books, Verna Wilkins from Tamarind Books, and Antiguan authors Floree Williams
Friday, November 5, 2010
DINNER AND A MOVIE FUNDRAISER
Featuring Pam Grier and the film “Jackie Brown”
Sandals Grande Antigua
Tickets: $250 EC per person,
includes movie, dinner, wine and a signed copy of Ms. Grier’s new book
Saturday, November 6, 2010
9:00-11:00 a.m. Festival Village, Anchorage Inn
Students’ and Teachers’ workshops with CXC curriculum authors Zee Edgell, Lorna Goodison and Joanne Hillhouse
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Festival Village, Anchorage Inn
Workshops with Visiting Authors
- 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Main Tent
Bringing Out the Poet in You
It is often said that poetry, more than any other writing, springs from the soul. Hear how some noted Caribbean poets opened their souls and gave rise to published works that inspire others.
With John Agard, Esther Phillips, Grace Nichols, Carolyn Matthew Nation
- 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Conference Room
Is Self Publishing the Way to Go?
The publishing world was always very limited, especially for Caribbean authors. Now with the advent of electronic publishing, Kindle and e-books, and publishing on demand, it is easier for local authors to bring their words to print. Hear how some authors successfully created their own books and brought them to market.
With Floree Williams and Marcel Marshall
- 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Main Tent
Creating a Novel from an Idea
Intrigue, romance, interesting lifestyles, and day-to-day emotional conflicts create novels that readers enjoy. How do writers keep readers coming back again and again? Where do they get their ideas and then how do they build a story around them? Get insight into the writing process from these successful novelists.
With Bernice McFadden, Elizabeth Nunez, Macka Diamond, and Zee Edgell
- 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Conference Room
Writing for Children
You may be reading with your children, watching them play, or just having imaginings—and it occurs to you that maybe you could create a children’s book. What goes into the process, and what makes the idea into a selling proposition?
With John Agard, Verna Wilkins and Jason Cole
Our Lives, Our Stories, Our Voices
What is that drive that makes one write about oneself and others? Does everyone have a story within waiting to be published? This panel invites us to the table for a heart-to-to heart on the art of telling our stories and the importance of getting them published.
With Pam Grier, Grace Nichols and Macka Diamond
Children’s reading activities – Western Union Children’s Tent
- 11:00 a.m.-12 noon Joanne Hillhouse
- 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Jason Cole and magic
- 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sharon James
- 2:00-3:00 p.m.
- 3:00-4:00 p.m. John Agard and Grace Nichols
Author readings and book signings –Anchorage Inn Lobby
- 11:00 a.m.-12 noon — Bernice McFadden
- 12 noon-1:00 p.m. — Macka Diamond
- 1:00-2:00 p.m. — Grace Nichols
- 2:00-3:00 p.m. – Floree Williams and Marcel Marshall
- 3:00-4:00 p.m. — Elizabeth Nunez
- 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Zee Edgell
- 5 p.m. – Pam Grier
Sunday, November 7, 2010
6-10 p.m. Splash Antigua Events Centre
Literary Festival After Sunset Party
Featuring Jamaican artiste Macka Diamond and local performers
Admission: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
For more, visit the festival website http://antigualitfest.com
ABILF co-founder Joy Bramble, left, pictured with honoree Dame Gwendolyn Tonge, host of the long running ABS TV show Cooking Magic and related cook book, and government minister (and one helluva cook) Hilson Baptiste