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The NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s organising team includes:

Marina Salandy-Brown is founder and Festival Director. She is a prize-winning former BBC programme maker with a publishing background, and former executive director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Since 2005 she has been a Newsday columnist. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a former member of the Arts Council of Great Britain’s Literary panel, and in 2005 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Westminster. In 2013, she was awarded the Doctor of Letters (DLitt), Honoris Causa of the University of the West Indies.

Funso Aiyejina is Deputy Festival Director. He is a prize-winning Nigerian poet, short story writer, playwright, and literary critic. He has published extensively on African and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, with a central focus on the work of Earl Lovelace. He is Professor Emeritus of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Nicholas Laughlin is Programme Director of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and a member of the OCM Bocas Prize organising committee. He is editor of the arts and travel magazine Caribbean Beat and The Caribbean Review of Books. He is also co-director of the contemporary art space Alice Yard, and a writer with a particular interest in Caribbean literature and art. His book of poems The Strange Years of My Life was published in 2015.

Danielle Delon is Director of the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest. She is the editor of The Letters of Margaret Mann, is a former magazine editor, and is a publisher whose current projects include a new book about Trinidad and Tobago food.

Anna Lucie-Smith is Programme Coordinator. 

Marielle Forbes is Business and Hospitality Manager.

Jean Claude Cournand, founder of the 2 Cents Movement, and Mickel Guanfranco Alexander are Coordinators of the Verses Bocas Poetry Slam and the Festival’s spoken word and open mic events.

Shivanee Ramlochan, Festival Blogger and Social Media Coordinator, is a writer who blogs about books at Novel Niche.

Joan Dayal, Festival Booksellers’ Coordinator and owner of Paper Based Bookshop, which for 27 years has specialised in Caribbean literature and postcolonial writing, and promotes the work of a wide range of local artists.

Richard Mark Rawlins, Festival Designer, has worked in various areas of graphic design, and his work as a visual artist has been shown in several exhibitions.

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