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event schedule

Below is the full schedule for all 3 Days of the Festival!

friDAY, september 6TH


12 Noon: A lunchtime conversation with Barbara Jenkins

at greenlight bookstore, prospect lefferts-gardens

Award-winning writer Barbara Jenkins reads from her bestsellers, followed by a conversation with Broadway dancer/actor/singer Oneika Phillips

3 pm: A woman’s word

at greenlight bookstore, prospect lefferts-gardens

A Woman’s Word is a tour de force of the landscape of the distinctive female writer in and outside of the Caribbean. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Nunez, accomplished writer and distinguished professor.

Hosted by Nicole Grimes, PhD


at the center for fiction - 15 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

Laureates of the Caribbean is the BCLF's ode to the oral tradition and storyteller of the Caribbean. It is the highest commendation to the essential work of the griot, who in the telling of their stories, when writing was outlawed, kept the flames of identity burning despite the threat of being extinguished by distance, time and loss. 

Hosted by Attillah Springer & Roger Bonair-Agard



saturDAY, september 7TH


1 pm: emergent writers’ reading

at 333 lounge - Flatbush Avenue, brooklyn

The winner of the BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Award and shortlisted writers read their winning stories. Featuring the Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner, Breanne Mc Ivor

3 pm: i belong to the house of music

at the center for fiction - 15 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn

I Belong To House Of Music’ is a two-hour conversation where host, Attillah Springer, chats with 5 writers about how music shapes their work and consciousness. It is a different take on the long-running BBC Radio Series ‘Desert Island Discs’, a music-centred interview in which artists, scientists, thinkers are castaway to a deserted island and asked to take along some of their prized pieces of music to accompany them on their journey. 

7 pm: an evening with jamaica kincaid

at brooklyn historical society - 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn

In her stories, Jamaica Kincaid chronicles family relationships, Caribbean culture, the taint of colonialism, and her love of gardening. Join us for an evening of readings and conversation, hosted by performer and writer, Attillah Springer. 

Tribute readings by Paul Pryce & Lauren K. Alleyne



sunday, september 8th


The Gayelle: Stories, Music, Culture, Art

The Plaza at 300 Ashland - 85 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn

It's an Open Air celebration of Caribbean culture. Come experience performances, browse and buy at our food & craft market, and shop the collections of the BCLF authors at our bookseller partners. At Anansi Square, children can participate in a dance & movement session, interactive storytelling, face-painting, wire bending with Master Dreamweaver and more!

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Events @ the Gayelle:

12:30pm: Tales From Around The Caribbean 

Hopscotch your way across the colorful islands of the Caribbean with this assortment of stories, read by writers & actors of the region. Families are welcome.

2 pm: BCLF Guest Author Reading – Kei Miller

“How much have we not seen or felt or heard because there was no word for it - at least no word we knew? We speak to navigate ourselves away from dark corners and we become, each one of us, cartographers.” ― Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion

Kei Miller discusses his journey as a writer with Kela Nnarka Francis

3 pm: The Griot

Artistes ruminate on storytelling, Caribbean life, culture & music. This event explores the meaning & function of storytelling in the Caribbean society in a historical context and its current state. Including performances, readings & discussions by poets, writers & musicians.

Group 1: Topic 'Carnival'


  • The calypsonian as historian, philosopher, politician

  • Carnival - Revolutionary space or Reinforcing the Status Quo

  • Masking and meaning, traditional mas and contemporary mas traditions

Kevin Adonis Browne, Martin Douglas, Barbara Jenkins, Dave Cooper, Roger Bonair-Agard

Host: Attillah Springer

Group 2: Topic 'The Oral History & Tradition'


The oral tradition. Is it a vehicle that carries and preserves culture?

  • The types of oral storyteller in the Caribbean e.g. griot, chantuelle, dub poet, rapso

  • Early influences on Caribbean literature as a genre

Nalo Lewis, Ras Atiba, Burnett Coburn, Roger Bonair-Agard

Host: Kela Nnarka Francis

Group 3: Topics 'Africa, Slavery, Indentureship & American Culture' & its Impact on the Evolution of Caribbean Storytelling - Looking the Other Way'


  • Pan Africanism and the Caribbean

  • Caribbean hip hop pioneers

Attillah Springer, Oneika Phillips, Nicole Grimes, burnett coburn

Host: Kevin Adonis Browne