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PRESS RELEASE: Anguilla Lit Fest 2016 – Inspirational and Unforgettable


The Anguilla Lit Fest: A Literary Jollification takes place at Paradise Cove from 19th to 22nd May, 2016, and pays homage to Anguilla’s literary heritage, offering yet another great reason for visitors to travel to the island. This fascinating festival appeals to readers, writers and thinkers and is an enticing mixture of keynote presentations, lively panel discussions, author workshops, book signings, and of course, “Jollification.” In the evenings delegates mingle at elegant cocktail parties and showcase events. It has been described as “an unbeatable opportunity to network with world-class writers and thinkers in a beautiful and inspirational location.”

This year’s headliners

Alafair Burke — New York Times best-selling author and professor

Colin Channer —Author, professor, and co-founder of the Calabash International Literary

Paul Keens-Douglas –  The Caribbean’s most beloved raconteur and storyteller

Christina Baker Kline — New York Times best-selling author, lecturer and philanthropist

Valerie Wilson Wesley — World-renowned mystery author and former executive editor of Essence

Kate White — New York Times best-selling author and former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine

Other distinguished writers and publishing professionals include: Fabian Adekunle Badejo, Krista Bremer, Yona Deshommes, Alexis Gumbs, Johanna Ingalls, Naomi Jackson, Montague Kobbé, Patrick Oliver, John Searles, Dan Weiss, Sara Weiss, and Cathrene Valente Youngquist.

Celebrating ‘home grown’ talent, the Pride of Anguilla writers and poets include: Patricia Adams, Ivenia Benjamin, Shellecia Brooks-Johnson, Timothy Hodge, Don Mitchell, Chris Richardson, Trudy Nixon and Fiona Wilkinson. This year’s event will showcase winners of the 2016 Malliouhana Poetry Competition.

Importantly, the Lit Fest’s Champions of Literacy initiative allows for a cross-section of students from Anguilla’s Primary Schools to interact with the visiting authors, and for students from the Secondary School to attend the presentation of the event headliner as specially invited guests. The program also includes a special session for children and young writers on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21st.

“The Government of Anguilla is pleased to endorse this important event,” says Honourable Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Tourism and Sports, Mr. Cardigan Connor.  “We recognize the value of promoting the development of the literary arts for our people, and especially our young people.  We are committed to being a part of an event that appeals not only to our residents but also to visitors in search of authentic island experiences, while at the same time enabling the preservation, celebration, and enhancement of our literary heritage as a people.”

There is a registration fee of US$150.00 which includes a welcome cocktail party, breakfast and lunch presentations on two days and special sessions with the authors along with fun-filled evening soirees.

There is a dedicated website detailing the schedule of activities, list of participants, accommodation options and the ability to reserve tickets.

Tickets are now on sale. For more information or to register for this year’s event, go to may also engage with the Lit Fest community on Twitter and Facebook.


Contact: Ms Trudy Nixon, Public Relations and Communications Team at,


5th Anguilla Lit Fest Press Release 19th April 2015



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