More Than A Literary Festival

Olive Senior

Author, Bocas Children's Book Prize Judge, Children's Author


Olive Senior, Jamaica’s 2021-2024 Poet Laureate, is the award-winning author of 18 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature and other published work. Her many awards include Canada’s Writers Trust Matt Cohen Award for Lifetime Achievement, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica. Her work has been taught internationally and is widely translated. Olive Senior is from Jamaica and lives in Toronto, Canada, but returns frequently to the Caribbean which remains central to her work.


2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Nonfiction Winner2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature Overall Winner

Years Attended

2016 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2015 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2020 Adult’s Festival Participant, 2021 Adult's Festival Participant, 2021 Youth Fest Participant, 2022 Adult’s Festival Participant
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