Calabash Literary Festival

Calabash Literary Festival is a fun, free event held the first weekend in June at Jakes in Treasure Beach that draws writers and attendees from across the Caribbean and African diaspora, as well as featuring some of Jamaica's own lyricists and authors.

Friday

7pm–8:30pm

COOKING WITH GAS

Diana McCaulay (Jamaica)

Nicole Dennis-Benn (Jamaica)

Pamela Mordecai (Jamaica)

Three generations of Yard-seasoned fiction.

9pm-10pm

HAUTE FICTION

Kaylie Jones (USA)

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria)

Two novelists of style and substance for the discriminating literary palette.

10:30pm–11:30pm

FIRE, FIRE: PIMAN
MANJACK AND GHOST PEPPER

Ada Limon (USA)

Vladimir Lucien (St Lucia)

Jessica Care Moore (USA)

Three hot poets turning up the heat.

12–2am

Midnight Ravers
Roots Rock Reggae
Sevana
Protoje

Saturday

10am–11:30am

A MOVEABLE FEAST

Tishani Doshi (India)

Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia)

Kei Miller (Jamaica)

Ladan Osman (Somalia)

Four continents of delectable delights prepared by master poets.

12–1:30pm

WHEN GOOD FE EAT IS GOOD FE TALK

Decca Aitkenhead (UK)

Baz Dreisinger (USA)

Nina Revoyr (USA)

Three non fiction writers serving bold, strange and unsettling stories.

1:30pm–3pm

Open Mic

Hosted by Carolyn Cooper

3:30pm–4:30pm

REASONINGS presents

Robert McCrum (UK) in conversation with Kwame Dawes

Breaking intellectual bread with Globish author McCrum.

5pm–7:30pm

Open Mic

Hosted by Carolyn Cooper

8pm–9pm

A MAN A WOMAN and A BOOKER

Eleanor Catton (New Zealand)

Marlon James (Jamaica)

A Taster’s Choice: Kiwi-Mango salad .

9:30pm–11pm

BELLY FULL

Paul Beatty (USA)

Teju Cole (Nigeria/USA)

Geoff Dyer (UK)

Three fiction entrees of power and astonishing skill.

11pm–1am

Cala-Clash

Sunday

10am–11:30am

Calabash celebrates and honours the ground breaking debut novel JANE & LOUISA by Erna Brodber

Floyd Green

Keneea Linton-George

William Mahfood

Velma Pollard

A Caribbean classic read by four Jamaican notables.

11:30am–12:30pm

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Nikki Giovanni (USA)

Ilya Kaminsky (Russia)

A sumptous summit of poets of the highest order.

1pm–2pm

REASONINGS presents

Chris Abani (Nigeria) in conversation with Paul Holdengraber

Breaking agege: the shock and awe of Abani

2pm–3:30pm

Open Mic

Hosted by Carolyn Cooper.

4pm–4:30pm

Announcement of Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 Overall Winner

Hosted by Gillian Slovo
Presented by Marlon James

Africa: Faraaz Mahomed (South Africa)

Asia: Parashar Kulkarni (India)

Canada & Europe: Stefanie Seddon (UK)

Caribbean: Lance Dowrich (Trinidad)

Pacific: Tina Makereti (New Zealand)

4:30pm-6pm

IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE NYAM ON

Wayne Armond (JA)

Ibo Cooper (JA)

Steve Golding (JA)

With special guests

Celebrate the culinary reach of reggae music with the incomparable Calabash Acoustic Ensemble.

 

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 19:00 to Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 00:00