More Than A Literary Festival

Arielle John

Spoken Word Poet, Author
Trinidad & Tobago


Determined to celebrate the West Indian now, while designing our shared survival of the future, Arielle John approaches poetry and theatre performance as medicine for Atlantic peoples, their resilient cultures, and the land (and sea) they occupy. The millennial’s devotion to community-building work centres on transformative justice, re-indigenized living and the healing arts as she works within the Caribbean and its diaspora, sharing and gathering tools that have supported our dynamic evolution over time.

Birther of Blue Oracle Healing Arts, Arielle builds movement with a number of nonprofit organizations in her native Trinidad & Tobago, including Girl Be Heard TT, the Sacred Spirit Sisterhood and SHIFT! Caribbean. Recent projects by the Goldsmiths College alumna include scholarly research on divine femininity in the Trinidad Carnival (2017), the debut of her one-woman show ‘Bout Blue’ (2018), and the publication of her second poetry chapbook ‘Containing in Itself All Sweetness’ (2019).

Years Attended

2016 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2015 South Festival Participant, 2019 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2020 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2021 Workshop Facilitator
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