Booker Prize-shortlisted writer Jonathan Escoffery. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krug-man. New York Times bestselling novelist Charmaine Wilkerson. British author and journalist Afua Hirsch.

All will be among the 40-plus writers and other speakers featured at the BVI Literary Fest next month, organisers announced last Thursday.

So will a host of emerging and award-winning voices from across the Caribbean, including Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, Canisia Lubrin, Shivanee Ramlochan and Amanda Hernandez.

The public is invited to attend the Nov. 2-5 event series, which will be hosted by H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and the Department of Culture under the theme “Tell Your Story.”


The line-up includes readings, author talks and lectures, writing workshops, book signings, panel discussions, one-on-one literary agent meetings, and a children’s programme.

In the lead-up to the festival, HLSCC will also host a poetry slam and a writing competition.

All events will be free to attend, with the exception of the writing workshops, organisers said.

The festival was founded in November 2021 as part of Culture and Tourism Month activities, and it operates in collaboration with HLSCC.

For more information, go to and follow the festival’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram at “BVI Literary Festival.”