Fiction

The best of contemporary fiction, from an exciting lineup of Caribbean and international authors
Day 1
01 May 2019

New voices

A showcase of debut books by first-time and self-published authors.
Esbeth Callender-Braithwaite
Lesley-Ann Brown
Motilal Boodoosingh
Nicola Ramsaran
Theresa Awai
Tristan Walker

Commonwealth Writers Conversations: We Mark Your Memory

Presenting the latest Peekash Press anthology, collecting new writing from around the Commonwealth reflecting on the experience of Indian indentureship.
Gabrielle Hosein
Kevin Jared Hosein
Patti-Anne Ali
Sharda Patasar
Stella Chong Sing
Day 2
02 May 2019

Take Two: Néhémy Pierre Dahomey and Ayanna Gillian Lloyd

Haitian writer Néhémy Pierre Dahomey and Trinidadian Ayanna Gillian Lloyd read from and discuss fictions where family ties intersect with history and politics, chaired by Marie Abdulah. Bookmark
Ayanna Gillian Lloyd
Néhémy Pierre Dahomey

One-on-one with Krystal Sital (Secrets We Kept)

Krystal Sital author of the hardhitting memoir Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad, talks to Angelique Nixon about her book and the sometimes unspoken traumas that lurk within families....
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Angelique V. Nixon
Krystal A. Sital

Take Two: Marina Warner (Fly Away Home) and Abigail Parry (Jinx)

Marina Warner (Fly Away Home) and Abigail Parry (Jinx) read from their stories and poems inspired by a rich tradition of fairy tales, folklore, spells and curses; chaired by Shivanee...
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Abigail Parry
Marina Warner

New Daughters of Africa

The successor to the groundbreaking anthology of African and African-diaspora women writers has its Caribbean debut, introduced by editor Margaret Busby, with readings by TT writers Lisa Allen-Agostini, Alake Pilgrim,...
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Alake Pilgrim
Attillah Springer
Diana Evans
Lisa Allen-Agostini
Nalo Hopkinson

Backchat

Celebrating Caribbean LGBTI+ Writing! Join us for drinks, poems, stories, comedy, cancing and open mic! Hosted by Andre Bagoo, Cherisse & Terry Ann (Queer Corner) • Featuring: • Angelique V....
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Miscellaneous Authors
Day 3
03 May 2019

One-on-one with Earl Lovelace

T&T’s eminent writer reads from his classic novel The Dragon Can’t Dance and discusses how its concerns and ideas have remained relevant after fifty years. Introduced by Funso Aiyejina. Bookmark
Earl Lovelace
Funso Aiyejina

Tales for the Bookman

T&T Carnival’s traditional Bookman character never speaks, but he carries a huge volume containing the names of condemned souls. Following our riveting tribute to the Midnight Robber at our 2018...
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Alake Pilgrim
Anton Nimblett
Kevin Jared Hosein

One-on-one with Caryl Phillips

The celebrated Kittitian-British writer reads from his new novel inspired by the life of Jean Rhys, and discusses his life in letters with Granta online editor Luke Neima. In partnership...
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Caryl Phillips
Luke Neima

Take Two: Muli Amaye (A House with No Angels) and Geoffrey Philp (Garvey’s Ghost)

Muli Amaye (A House with No Angels) and Geoffrey Philp (Garvey’s Ghost) read from their novels in which momentous events and individuals from the past influence the lives of characters...
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Desiree Seebaran
Geoffrey Philp
Muli Amaye

Time Machine: a big night of literature and music at the Big Black Box

Extraordinary writers of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction imagine alternative pasts and futures. Featuring Marlon James, Nalo Hopkinson, Marcia Douglas, Danez Smith, and Karen Lord. Music by Freetown Collective....
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Danez Smith
Karen Lord
Marcia Douglas
Marlon James
Nalo Hopkinson
Day 4
04 May 2019

One-on-one with Diana Evans

The award-winning British novelist talks to Lucy Hannah about her books exploring contemporary London with all its contradictions of race and class. In partnership with the British Council Bookmark
Diana Evans
Lucy Hannah

Inspired by the Archives

Part two of this groundbreaking series, in which writers of today are commissioned to explore the Caribbean’s literary archives and write new creative works. Featuring Kendel Hippolyte, Celeste Mohammed, and...
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Alexandra Stewart
Celeste Mohammed
Kendel Hippolyte

Cropper Foundation at 20

As the landmark writing workshop celebrates its 20th anniversary, celebrated Cropper alumni share their work and memories. Introduced by Funso Aiyejina and Merle Hodge. Featuring readings by Andre Bagoo, Rhoda...
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Andre Bagoo
Barbara Jenkins
Colin Robinson
Rhoda Bharath
Shivanee Ramlochan

One-on-one with Yuri Herrera

The acclaimed Mexican writer reads from his fiction exploring the meaning of cultural and physical borders in the age of Trump, and talks to Granta online editor Luke Neima. Bookmark
Luke Neima
Yuri Herrera

Take Two: Claire Adam (Golden Child) and Alexia Arthurs (How to Love a Jamaican)

Claire Adam (Golden Child) and Alexia Arthurs (How to Love a Jamaican) read from and discuss their debut books of fiction, tackling the tricky bonds of family and individuality. Chaired...
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Alexia Arthurs
Claire Adam
Shivanee Ramlochan

Fiction with Nalo Hopkinson and Marlon James

The two biggest names in Caribbean science fiction and fantasy share a stage. Nalo Hopkinson, author of classics like Brown Girl in the Ring and Midnight Robber, and Marlon James,...
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Karen Lord
Marlon James
Nalo Hopkinson

Folklore: the supernatural and the extraordinary

The Trinidad and Tobago Writers Union presents Folklore: the supernatural and the extraordinary, featuring dramatic readings and presentations by members of the Writers Union of T&T. Bookmark
Miscellaneous Authors
Day 5
05 May 2019

Take Two: Marcia Douglas and Geoffrey Philp

Marcia Douglas and Geoffrey Philp read from their works inspired by Jamaican music, and discuss how the reggae spirit infuses broader Jamaican culture; chaired by Julie Harris. Bookmark
Geoffrey Philp
Marcia Douglas

The Peepal Tree Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories

Presenting a talent-packed new anthology of some of the Caribbean’s best writers, introduced by co-editor Jacob Ross. Featuring Barbara Jenkins, Elizabeth Walcott- Hackshaw, and a reading from the late Hazel...
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Barbara Jenkins
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw
Jacob Ross

Home and away: new fiction from T&T writers

Two extraordinary new short story collections by Breanne McIvor (Where There Are Monsters) and Anton Nimblett (Now, After) make their debut. With readings by the authors and a conversation chaired...
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Anton Nimblett
Breanne McIvor
Colin Robinson