The third British Virgin Islands Literary Festival 2023 runs from November 2 – 5, 2023. The festival theme is “tell your story.”
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) Literary Festival was founded as part of the Department of Culture’s Culture and Tourism Month activities and operates in collaboration with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. It is an annual coming together of writers, poets, publishers, booksellers, and book lovers to celebrate the literary arts and the creative process through workshops, panel discussions, readings, signings, and launches.
For 2023, the over forty featured writers, poets, agents, publishers, academics, and others from the British Virgin Islands as well as around the Caribbean from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Some of these are Afua Hirsch, Tiphanie Yanique, Faith Adielé, Leonie Ross, Ayanna Llyod-Banwo, Charmine Wilkerson, Alecia McKenzie, Shivanee Ramlochan, Yona Deshommes, Yesha Townsend, Tami Navarro, Marsha Massiah, Richard Georges, Alscess Lewis-Brown, Alton Bertie, Jonathan Escoffery, Patricia Turnbull, Enya Douglas-Tarabay, Shea Alexander, April Glasgow, Natalie Hodge, Hadiya Sewer, Naudia Turnbull, Michael Thomas, Dr. L. Sauda Smith, Cindy Allman aka Book of Cinz, Mavis Abednego, Eustace “Boss” Freeman, Giovanni Herbert, Errol Percival Jr., Janice George Harris, Kamaal Lettsome, Averad Penn, Patricia Romney, Kamau Georges, and Elise Dillsworth.
These guests will take part in panels, readings of poetry and prose, workshops of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as guides to making it in the publishing business for those who want in.
For those in Road Town from November 2, you want to schedule to meet some of the best writers and others in the business. You can find more information by clicking on the official festival website here.