Anguilla’s Revolutionary Lit Fest 2017

The Anguilla Literary Foundation have announced the full line-up and schedule for the 6th Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification – and it’s Revolutionary! The Lit Fest will take place at Paradise Cove from 18th to 21st May, 2017. This year’s theme is “Revolution” and the festival will be part of the official program of events set to commemorate the celebration of 50 years since the 1967 Anguilla Revolution.

anguilla lit fest

The Anguilla Lit Fest appeals to readers, writers and thinkers and the two day/three night programme is an enticing mixture of keynote presentations, lively panel discussions, author workshops and of course, “Jollification,” the uniquely Anguillian cultural concept of helping each other in a spirit of merriment, whilst leaving plenty of time for delegates to explore and enjoy the Island’s world famous beaches.

meads bay anguilla beach

  • For writers highlights include:
    A poetry master class by Tiphanie Yanique, award winning author and poet
    A writing workshop by Colin Channer, charismatic Jamaican author, poet and co-founder of the Calabash Festival
    The opportunity to enjoy a “Speed Date” with Literary Agent Allison Hunter, of Janklow & Nesbit
    And an expert panel, “Self Publishing in a Digital Age” featuring Kevin Larimer of Poets & Writers, Julie Trelstad, Director of Digital Rights at Writers House and self published author, Melinda Goddard

Ilyasah Shabazz


Readers and thinkers may particularly enjoy Friday’s “maverick” lunchtime presentation…

  • “A Birthday Tribute to Malcolm X” by his daughter, author and educator Ilyasah Shabazz (photo above)
    A “Stranger than Fiction” panel discussion featuring critically acclaimed writers Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year “Here comes the Sun,”
    And Kaitlyn Greenidge author of “We Love You, Charlie Freeman” winner of a Whiting Award for Fiction.

 Thomas Mullen

Saturday’s highlights include an lunchtime session where media entrepreneur Peter Bailey interviews Thomas Mullen (photo above), prizewinning, bestselling author of “Darktown,” a 2017 Indies Choice nominee and a thought provoking panel entitled “The Revolution & Enlightenment” chaired by Dr. Wycherly Gumbs.

… and that’s just scratching the surface! For full event details and for tickets, visit…

It is sure to be a dynamic and beautiful Lit Fest 2017!