The 2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest line-up of writers, speakers, and performers.

Aaron Kamugisha

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, UWI

Aliyyah Eniath

Author of The Yard

Andre Bagoo

Author of 'The Undiscovered Country'

Andy Johnson

Senior journalist

Angelique V. Nixon

Writer | Artist | Teacher | Scholar | Activist | Poet

Annalee Davis

Visual Artist

Anthony Joseph

Poet | Novelist | Musician

Asha Javeed

Senior journalist

Barry Goldblatt

Literary agent

Baz Dreisinger

Professor, journalist, film and radio producer

Betty Peter

Author of Brown Sugar and Spice

Brenda Hughes

Artistic Director, Monkey Mountain theatre production company

Claudia de Verteuil

Author of Paradise Plums and Cocoa Beans

Colin Robinson

Poet | Journalist | Human rights activist

Damian Whiskey

Midnight Robber

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Winner of the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry

David Abdulah

Labour leader

David Dabydeen

Critic, writer, novelist and academic

David McDermott Hughes

Author of Energy without Conscience

Debbie Jacob

Journalist | Librarian

Derrick Sharbodie

Founder of St James Police Youth Club

Edward Baugh

Poet and Professor Emeritus of English, UWI, Mona

Eliot Weinberger

American writer, essayist and translator

Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Author of 'Stick No Bills'

Felicia Chang

Co-Founder of Plantain

Franka Philip

Journalist and Media Consultant

Funso Aiyejina

Deputy Festival Director, NGC Bocas Lit Fest | Nigerian prize-winning writer based in Trinidad

Gabrielle Hosein

Head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, UWI St. Augustine

Gilberte O’Sullivan

Trinidadian writer

Gillian Moor


Godfrey P. Smith

Author of 'The Assassination of Maurice Bishop'

Gregory Sloane-Seale

national coordinator of the Citizen Security Programme

Ira Mathur

Journalist and writer

Ishion Hutchinson

Jamaican Poet

Jannine T. Horsford

Trinidadian poet

Jennifer Rahim

2018 OCM Bocas Prize Winner, Fiction

Keir Roopnarine

Advocate for women’s and children’s rights

Keith Rowley

Prime Minister of T&T and author

Ken Ramchand

Professor Emeritus of West Indian literature | Literary critic

Kevin Adonis Browne

Winner of the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize

Kevin Jared Hosein

Winner of the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Kim Robinson-Walcott

Head of Caribbean Quarterly, UWI

Kwynn Johnson

Trinidadian artist

Lisa Allen-Agostini

Author of 'Home Home'

Louis Lee Sing

Mayor of Port of Spain 2010 - 2013

Malaika Adero

Publishing consultant

Marcia Douglas

Author of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

Marina Salandy-Brown

Founder and Director of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Mark Wilson

International journalist

Michael Anthony

Caribbean author and historian

Miguel Browne

Storyteller and Talk Tent star

Monique Roffey

Author of 'The Mermaid of Black Conch'

Nancy Morejón

Cuban poet, critic and essayist

Nathalie Taghaboni

Author of The Savanoy Series

Otávio Maia Chelotti

Brazilian diplomat & poet

Patricia Mohammed

Scholar, writer and filmmaker

Peter Kimani

Kenyan novelist and journalist

Peter Straus

Managing Director of Rogers, Coleridge and White

Philip Nanton

Author of Frontiers of the Caribbean

Rajiv Mohabir

Author of The Taxidermist’s Cut

Ramesh Deosaran

Professor of Criminology and Social Psychology

Richard Georges

Author of 'Epiphaneia', 2020 OCM Bocas Prize Overall Winner

Rosamond King

Creative and Critical Writer

Safiya Sinclair

Author of Cannibal

Sharon Millar

Award-winning author

Shivanee Ramlochan

Poet |  critic | book blogger

Sunity Maharaj

MD of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies | Journalist

Sushiela Nasta

Founding Editor of Wasafiri: Magazine of International Contemporary Writing

Thackwray “Dax” Driver

CEO of the T&T Energy Chamber

Vahni Capildeo

Author of 'Skin Can Hold'

Viviana Prado-Núñez

2017 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature Winner

Wade Mark


Wesley Gibbings