Our Team

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest's organising team

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’s bridges.

Anna Lucie-Smith is the Festival’s Programme Coordinator, as well as the administrator of the Bocas Lit Fest’s various literary prizes, including the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the Burt Award for Caribbean YA Literature.

Marielle Forbes is the Festival’s Business and Hospitality Manager. She is the main guest liaison for visiting guests.

Ardene Sirjoo is the Festival’s media coordinator.  

Ariana Herbert is the Children’s Festival coordinator.

Jean Claude Cournand, founder of the 2 Cents Movement, is the Festival’s Youth Outreach Officer, and the coordinator of the First Citizens National Slam and the Courts Bocas Speak Out secondary school spoken word tour.

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

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.