If you’ve been following my blog and Instagram feed, then you know that this September is a very special month for Caribbean literature. Come 6-8 September 2019, Brooklyn will host its first ever Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival.
Festival highlights will include:
“An Evening with Jamaica Kincaid” hosted jointly with the Brooklyn Historical Society. At this event, fans can get up, close, and personal with the accomplished Antigua-born author whose works include A Small Place, Lucy, and Annie John.
A lunchtime conversation with acclaimed Trinidadian author Barbara Jenkins whose works include De Rightest Place and Sic Transit Wagon.
“Laureates of the Caribbean,” an evening of poetry and spoken word performances.
The announcement of the winning entry of the first ever Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Award.
A Children’s Programme featuring storytelling, wirebending, craft-making, and dancing!
“The Gayelle,” an all-day, open-air market with lots of literary events and stalls.
Why Brooklyn? Brooklyn has always been a major stomping ground for Caribbean people, with one of the largest Caribbean diasporas in the world. It’s also the home of the famous West Indian Day Parade that takes place every Labor Day.
From September 6 – 8, 2019, Caribbean writers, poets, and artists from the city and the diaspora will come together to explore the theme, “Caribbean beyond Carnival.” There will be readings, workshops, and talks introducing Caribbean literature and exploring what it really means to be a Caribbean person.
BCLF is spearheaded by The Idea Room Corp., in partnership with Community Revitalization Partnership and MAP Media International. I’m also happy to announce that this year, I will be partnering with this awesome literary festival. Best of all, the event is free to the public.