The 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest line-up of over 90 writers, speakers, and performers.

Adam Andrews

Writer, musician, and academic

Alscess Lewis-Brown

Educator and children’s author

Anderson Patrick

Traditional Carnival performer, Black Indian mas

Andre Bagoo

Author of Burn

Andrew Fitt

Author of Aching to Be

Angelique V. Nixon

Writer, artist, teacher, scholar, activist, and poet

Anna Levi

Author of Madinah Girl

Anton Nimblett

Author of Sections of an Orange

Anu Lakhan

writer and editorial consultant

Ararimeh Aiyejina

Trinidadian writer

Ariana Herbert

Spoken Word Artist

Arielle John

Spoken Word Artist

Attillah Springer

Writer and activist

Ayanna Gillian Lloyd

fiction and creative non-fiction writer

Barbara Jenkins

Author of Sic Transit Wagon

Betty Peter

Author of Brown Sugar and Spice

Black Sage

Extempo champion

Brandon O’Brien

writer featured in New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

Brendon O’Brien

writer and performer

Bridget Brereton

Professor Emerita of history at UWI, St. Augustine

Carolina Arrieta Castillo

Lecturer in Spanish at the UWI, St. Augustine

Che Lovelace

Trinidadian artist

Claire Armitstead

Books editor for UK Guardian and Observer

Colin Robinson

Poet, journalist and human rights activist

Colleen Selvon-Rampersad

Secretary of the Writers Union of Trinidad and Tobago

Damian Whiskey

Midnight Robber

Daniel José Older

Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and composer

Danielle Fraser

Library Conservator at NALIS

Darlington Henry

Traditional Carnival performer, Black Indian mas

David Codling

British Council Regional Arts Director, Americas

David Furlonge

Head Cricket Coach at the Queen’s Park Cricket Club

Debbie Goodman

Manager, Corporate Communications, NALIS

Deryck Murray

President of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club

Désha A. Osborne

Editor of Hiroona

Dionne Brand

Poet, novelist, and essayist

Earl Lovelace

Trinidadian novelist, playwright, and short story writer

Elisha Efua Bartels

writer, teacher, performer and director

Elizabeth Solomon

human rights activist

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Trinidadian author of Mrs. B

Elspeth Duncan

Author of Daisy Chain

Evelyn O’Callaghan

Professor of West Indian Literature at UWI, Cave Hill

Fazeer Mohammed

Talk show host and commentator

Funso Aiyejina

Nigerian prize-winning writer based in Trinidad

Garfield Ellis

Jamaican author of The Angels' Share

Geeta Ramsingh

Musician and President of the Hindu Prachaar Kendra

Gemma Robinson

Editor of Martin Carter’s University of Hunger: Collected Poems and Selected Prose

Gerard Besson

Historian, writer, and founder of Paria Publishing

Gillian Royes

Author of The Shad detective series

Gillian Slovo

South African writer

Gordon Rohlehr

Professor Emeritus of West Indian Literature at UWI, St. Augustine

H.K. Williams

Writer featured in the anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

Hannah Lowe

Poet and author of Long Time, No See

Ian F. Ali

English teacher and writer

Ibrahim Ahmad

Senior editor at Akashic Books

Jacob Ross

Grenadian author of The Bone Readers

Jacqueline Bishop

Award-winning photographer, painter, and writer

Jeremy Poynting

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

John Robert Lee

St. Lucian writer

Judith Theodore

Artist, author, playwright and actress

Judy Raymond

Journalist, editor and writer

Julian Rogers

veteran broadcast journalist

Julie Morton

children's book publisher

June Aming

Trinidadian writer shortlisted for Small Axe competition 2014

Kamila Shamsie

Pakistani author of six novels

Karen Lord

Author of The Galaxy Game

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Forward Prize nominated poet

Ken Ramchand

Literary critic

Kenny Philips

music producer

Kevin Jared Hosein

Winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Kizzy Ruiz

performer and calypsonian

Kurt Allen


Kwame Ryan

Canadian-Trinidadian conductor

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Professor of Caribbean culture and literature at Vassar College

Lynette Seebaran-Suite

Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC)

Maria Nunes

photographer and producer

Marina Salandy-Brown

Bocas Lit Fest founder and director

Marjorie Thorpe

Vice Chief Judge of the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize.

Marlon James

winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Marsha Gomes-McKie

Founder of Caribbean Books Foundation

Martin Daly

Senior Counsel of Trinidad and Tobago

Melanie Archer

Book designer and co-editor of Robert & Christopher Publishers

Merissa Aguilleira

Trinidadian batsman

Michael Cherrie

Actor and drama coach

Michael Dash

Professor of French, Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU

Michelene Adams

English teacher at the University of Trinidad and Tobago

Miguel Browne

Storyteller and Talk Tent star

Nazma Muller

Journalist and writer

Nell Leyshon

British author of Memoir of A Dipper

Nickolai Salcedo

actor, musician and visual artist

Nikki Crosby

actress and comedienne

Olive Senior

Author of several prizewinning books

Paul Keens-Douglas

Actor, author, and storyteller

Paula Williams Madison

Media consultant and author of Finding Samuel Lowe

Pauline Melville

Guyanese/British writer

Polly Pattullo

Co-founder of Papillote Press

Portia Subran

Trinidadian artist and writer

Ramabai Espinet

Academic, writer, and critic

Reginald Dwayne Betts

US author of Bastards of the Reagan Era

Rikki Jai

chutney soca artiste

Sarah Beckett

British born poet /artist

Sean Samad

Lecturer in Lusophone and Brazilian Culture

Sharon Jorcil-James

Education Manager at Nigel R. Khan Booksellers Ltd.

Sharon Millar

Winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Shivanee Ramlochan

Trinidadian poet, arts reporter, literary reviewer

Sonia Farmer

Bahamian writer and founder of Poinciana Paper Press

Sterling Kent aka Gamma Ghost

lyricist, performer, midnight robber

Summer Edward

Poet and children's writer

Sylvan Joseph

Traditional Carnival performer, The Bookman

Tishani Doshi

Writer of poetry and fiction

Tony Hall

Playwright, screenwriter, actor and director

Tracy Assing

writer, editor, filmmaker

Ty N. Batson

Author of Mr. Big

Vahni Capildeo

T.S. Eliot Prize nominated poet

Vanda Radzik

Guyanese cultural activist

Wendell Manwarren

actor and musician