More Than A Literary Festival

Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

Trinidad & Tobago


Ayanna Lloyd Banwo is the author of the highly acclaimed novel When We Were Birds (Hamish Hamilton), winner of the 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the overall prize. It was previously named one of the best debut novels of 2022 by the UK Observer. She is from Trinidad and Tobago and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she is now a Creative and Critical Writing PhD student. Her work has been published in Moko Magazine, Small Axe, PREE, Callaloo and Anomaly among others, and shortlisted for Small Axe Literary Competition and the Wasafiri New Writing Prize.

Years Attended

2021 Adult's Festival Participant, 2015 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2016 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2019 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2020 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2022 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2022 Bocas UK Tour, 2023 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2023 Featured Speaker
Festival Programme Event
Fiction Event
April 28, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Festival Programme Event
Workshop Event
April 29, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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