Marina Salandy-Brown is the Bocas Lit Fest 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.