Authors

The 2019 NGC Bocas Lit Fest line-up of writers, speakers, and performers.

Abigail Parry

Author of Jinx

Alake Pilgrim

Fiction Writer

Alexia Arthurs

Author of How to Love A Jamaican

Amílcar Sanatan

Poet, activist, lecturer

Andre Bagoo

Author of The City of Dreadful Night

Anthony Wall

Arena Film Director and Creative Advisor

Anu Lakhan

Writer | Editorial consultant

Arielle John

Writer and cultural researcher

Attillah Springer

Writer and activist

Ayanna Gillian Lloyd

fiction and creative non-fiction writer

Barbara Lalla

Professor Emerita of language and literature | Novelist

Black Sage

Calypsonian | Extempo lyricist

Breanne McIvor

Author of Here There Are Monsters

Brian London

Calypsonian

Bridget Brereton

Professor Emerita of history | Author

Canisia Lubrin

Author of Voodoo Hypothesis

Caryl Phillips

Author of A View of the Empire at Sunset

Celeste Mohammed

2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers Winner

Christine Norton

Director of The Noel Norton Collection Limited

Claire Adam

Author of Golden Child

Colin Robinson

Poet | Journalist | Human rights activist

Danez Smith

Winner of the Forward Prize

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Winner of the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry

Derry Sandy

Author of Greyborn Rising

Desiree Seebaran

Writer and Editor

Diana Evans

Author of Ordinary People

Diana McCaulay

Awardwinning Jamaican Author

Dwight Thompson

Author of Death Register

Earl Lovelace

Trinidadian novelist, playwright, and short story writer

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Author and Professor of French literature and Creative Writing

Emma D’Costa

Commonwealth Foundation

Franka Philip

Journalist and Media Consultant

Funso Aiyejina

Deputy Festival Director, NGC Bocas Lit Fest | Nigerian prize-winning writer based in Trinidad

Gabrielle Hosein

Lecturer and Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, UWI

Gary Younge

Award-winning author, broadcaster and columnist

Gordon Rohlehr

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

Heather Cateau

Historian

Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders

President of the Caribbean Court of Justice

Ian Randle

Publisher

Ingrid Persaud

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winner

Ivette Romero

Professor

Jacob Ross

Author of Tell No-One About This

Jacqueline Laguardia

Cuban academic

Jane Bryce

Professor Emerita, UWI Cave Hill

Janet Steel

Commonwealth Writers

Javier Carbajosa

Ambassador of Spain to Trinidad and Tobago

Jeanelle Frontin

Author of The Unmarked Girl

José Serulle

Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Trinidad and Tobago

Judy Raymond

Author of Beryl McBurnie

June Soomer

Secretary General of the ACS

Karen Lord

Author of The Galaxy Game

Keith Jardim

Author of Near Open Water

Ken Ramchand

Professor Emeritus of West Indian literature | Literary critic

Kendel Hippolyte

Poet, playwright and director

Kevin Browne

photographer | poet | archivist

Kevin Jared Hosein

Winner of the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Krystal A. Sital

Author of Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad

Lisa Allen-Agostini

Author & Writing workshop facilitator

Lucy Hannah

Writer and producer

Luke Neima

Online editor and digital director of Granta magazine

Marcia Douglas

Author of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

Margaret Busby

Editor of New Daughters of Africa (anthology)

Maria Nunes

Photographer | Producer

Mariano Brown

political commentator and former Minister

Marina Warner

Writer of fiction, cultural history, and criticism

Mark Lyndersay

Photographer and reporter

Marlon James

Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize

Merle Hodge

Co-facilitator of the Cropper Foundation Writers’ Workshop.

Muli Amaye

Author of A House With No Angels

Nalo Hopkinson

Author of Falling in Love With Hominids

Néhémy Pierre Dahomey

Poet, philosopher and novelist

Nicholas Laughlin

Programme director of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Nicole Sealey

Author of Ordinary Beast

Nigel Campbell

Music Industry Analyst

Patti-Anne Ali

Writer, Director, Actor

Paula Gopee-Scoon

Minister of Trade and Industry

Raymond Ramcharitar

Writer, journalist, cultural critic

Ruth Osman

Singer/songwriter

Schuyler Esprit

Cultural studies academic and founder of Create Caribbean Research Institute

Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College

Sharda Patasar

cultural researcher & musician

Sharlan Bailey

Musician, composer/songwriter, producer, and performer

Shivanee Ramlochan

Trinidadian poet, critic, and book blogger

Sofia Chote

Attorney and Independent Senator

Stella Chong Sing

Writer in We Mark Your Memory

Tamika Gibson

Author of Dreams Beyond the Shore

Vashti Bowlah

Author of Sugarcane Valley

Yuri Herrera

Author of Signs Preceding the End of the World