Authors

The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest line-up of over 90 writers, speakers, and performers from across the Port of Spain (April 2015), Tobago (July 2015) and South (Oct 2015) Festival programmes.

Alvin Daniell

Composer of several Trinidad and Tobago hit calypsos

Andre Bagoo

Author of Burn

Aonghas MacNeacail

Poet and songwriter in Gaelic, English and Scots

Ayanna Gillian Lloyd

Fiction and life writer

Barbara Lalla

Professor Emerita of language and literature at UWI, St. Augustine

Baroness Susan Greenfield

Leading British scientist, writer and broadcaster

Basdeo Panday

Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago

Bhaskar Sunkara

Founding editor and publisher of Jacobin magazine

Black Sage

Calypsonian and extempo lyricist

Brandon O’Brien

Performance poet and writer

Bridget Brereton

Professor Emerita of history at UWI, St. Augustine

Brinsley Samaroo

Former Head of the History department at UWI, St. Augustine

Carol Mitchell

US based author of many children’s books

Carolyn Cooper

Columnist, broadcaster and professor of literary and cultural studies, UWI

Che Rodriguez

Producer/Director/Actor

Clare Alexander

Eminent British literary agent and former publisher

Colin Robinson

Journalist and human rights activist

Daniel Hahn

Award-winning translator, writer and editor

Daniela Tramacere

Italian national and macro economist

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Winner of the 2015 Hollick Arvon Prize for poetry

Danielle Delon

Editor of The Letters of Margaret Mann

Danielle Gianetti

Co-editor of The Flowering Rock, collected poems by Eric Roach

Dara Wilkinson-Bobb

Trinidadian writer featured in 'Who's Next?'

Darin Gibson

Trinidadian writer

David Codling

British Council Regional Arts Director, Americas

Debbie Jacob

Journalist, librarian, and English teacher

Derek Walcott, OBE

Saint Lucian poet, playwright, writer and visual artist

Desiree Seebaran

Poet and playwright

Diana McCaulay

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2015 Finalist

Earl Lovelace

Trinidadian novelist, playwright, and short story writer

Edward Baugh

Poet and Professor Emeritus of English, UWI, Mona

Frank Wynne

Literary translator

Fred D’Aguiar

Author of Children of Paradise

Funso Aiyejina

Nigerian prize-winning writer based in Trinidad

Gerda Stevenson

Actor, writer, director, singer-songwriter

Hazel McShine

Trinidadian writer shortlisted for the 2014 Small Axe Literary Competition

Idrees Saleem

VERSES Bocas poetry slam champion 2014

Imam Baksh

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2015 Finalist

Jaime Lee Loy

Artist and writer

Jenny Green

Author of Somewhere Round the Corner

Jeremy Poynting

Founder and Managing Editor of the UK publishing house Peepal Tree Press

Jo-Anne Ferreira

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at UWI

Jocelyne Guilbault

Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Music Department of the University of California, Berkeley

John O. Stewart

Novelist and anthropologist

Johnny Temple

Founder of publishing house Akashic Books based in New York City

June Aming

Trinidadian writer shortlisted for Small Axe competition 2014

Karen Lord

Author of The Galaxy Game

Kei Miller

Poet, fiction writer, essayist and blogger

Kelly Baker Josephs

Editor of sx salon: a small axe literary platform

Ken Ramchand

Literary critic

Kenneth ‘Ken’ Gordon

Media entrepreneur

Kevin Jared Hosein

Winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Laurence Breiner

Professor of English at Boston University

Lawrence Scott

Author of Leaving by Plane, Swimming Back Under Water

Lisa Allen-Agostini

Founder of The Allen Prize for Young Writers

Louis Lee Sing

Mayor of Port of Spain 2010 - 2013

Lynn Joseph

Author of children's and young adult literature

Mandisa Pantin

Writer, film producer and director

Margaret Busby, OBE

British writer, editor and critic

Marjorie Thorpe

Dormer Campus and University Dean at UWI

Mark Lyndersay

Photographer and reporter

Mark Raymond

Architect and educator

Marlon James

Author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

Michael Cozier

2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Finalist

Michael Kelleher

Director of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale

Monique Roffey

Author of House of Ashes

Nalo Hopkinson

Author of speculative fiction

Naomi Jackson

Author of The Star Side of Bird Hill

Nnamdi Hodge

Trinidadian language teacher, researcher and writer

Olive Senior

Author of several prizewinning books

Patience Agbabi

British poet of Nigerian parentage

R.S.A. Garcia

Trinidadian science-fiction writer

Rhoda Bharath

Caribbean writer, teacher, and political and cultural blogger

Ria Julien

Literary agent with Frances Goldin Literary Agency in New York City

Rosamond King

Author of Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination

Roy Cape

Internationally renowned calypso and soca musician

Shane Book

Canadian poet and filmmaker of Trinidadian descent

Shani Mootoo

Author of Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Sharon Millar

Trinidadian writer and winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Shivanee Ramlochan

Trinidadian poet, arts reporter, literary reviewer

Silvio Torres-Saillant

English Professor and former lecturer at universities in Europe and Latin America

Stephen Narain

Trinidadian writer

Summer Edward

Poet and children's writer

Sunity Maharaj

Journalist

Tiphanie Yanique

Author of Land of Love and Drowning

Tobias S. Buckell

New York Times bestselling author

Treldon Layne

Motivational speaker, author and poet

Vanessa Salazar

Author of Young Adult Fiction

Vaughn T. Stanford

Author of Tales from Mysteria

Vladimir Lucien

Winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature