Anguilla Lit Fest Calendar of Events

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Anguilla Lit Fest

“A Literary Jollification”
Host Hotel: Paradise Cove Resort
Official Bookstore: Coral Reef Bookstore
Registration Fee: US$150.00
(Covers meals, events and ground transportation
during conference sessions)
*Itinerary is subject to change*

Thursday, May 24, 2012

(Delegates and patrons begin arriving throughout the day. Hotel check-in; registration at  Host hotel, Paradise Cove Resort.)

8:00am                Breakfast and morning at leisure

11:45am              Pick-up from Host Hotels for lunch at Davida’s Restaurant.

1:00 pm                 Pick up for transfer to Teachers’ Resource Centre

1:30-2:30 pm       Champion Pursuit of Literacy with Anguilla’s Primary School students

Special Guests:  

Hill Harper, Author/Actor
Terry McMillan, Author/Professor
Randall Robinson, Author
Malaika Adero, Author/Publisher
Crystal McCrary, Author/Editor
Lasana Sekou, Author/Publisher
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Author/Actress
Mary W. Walters, Author/Lecturer

6:30 – 8:00 pm  Welcome Cocktail for all delegates and invited guests at Paradise Cove Resort.


Friday, May 25, 2012

7:00 am -8:00 am          Late Registration at Paradise Cove

8-9:30am                       Rise and Shine Breakfast Presentation at Paradise Cove

Featured Speakers:   Lasana Sekou, Author, Founder of House of Nehesi Publishers (St. Martin) Hill Harper, Author, Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph – Author, Actress

Coffee Break                Sponsored by Coral Reef Bookstore

10-11:45am                   Panel Discussion – Topic: Writing is Just the Beginning: The New Publishing Rules

Moderator:                   Stephanie Stokes Oliver, Author/ Former Editor, Essence Magazine (USA/Anguilla)
Panelists:                     Malaika Adero, Vice President, Senior Editor, Atria Books/Simon & Schuster (USA)
Marva Allen, (HueMan Bookstore/USA), Marie-Elena John, Author (Antigua/USA), Lasana Sekou,  Author, Founder of House of Nehesi Publishers (St. Martin), Amy Berkower, Author, Agent (USA/Anguilla)

12-1:30pm                  Maverick Luncheon Presentation – Topic: So You Want to be a Bestselling Author? The Real Deal
Keynote speaker:     Terry McMillan, Author (U.S.A)
Special Guests:         The Students and Teachers of the ALHCS

1:30-3pm                   Panel Discussion – Topic: Artists On the Page
Moderator                Crystal McCrary
Panelists:                  Allison Samuels, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Hill Harper, Mary W. Walters

3-4:30 pm                 Creative Writers’ Workshop – Topic: From Inspiration to Publication
Presenter:                Randall Robinson
Guest appearance: Terry McMillan
Special Guests:        The Students and Teachers of the ALHCS

7:30 pm                        A Celebration of the Anguillan Arts.  Sponsored by The Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Association and Viceroy Resort, featuring  salon-style readings, musical performances & art displays


Saturday, May 26, 2012

8-9:30 am                    Rise & Shine Breakfast Presentation at Paradise Cove – Topic:     Voices

Featured speakers: Crystal McCary (USA) Marie-Elena John (Antigua/USA), Dwayne Adams (Anguilla), Patricia Adams (Anguilla)

Coffee Break           Sponsored by Coral Reef Bookstore

10-11:45am               Master Class – Topic: Honing Your Gift

Keynote Speaker:   Terry McMillan

12-1:30pm                 Thought Leaders’ Luncheon -Topic: We Are One: Writing About the Diaspora
Keynote Speaker:    Randall Robinson

2-4:30 pm                 Opportunity to experience the Valley Street Festival
Feature:                    A Literary Jollification Drum Circle

7:00pm                      Cocktail Presentation – Discover Anguilla sponsored by The Anguilla Tourist Board and Davida’s Restaurant.  Keynote Speaker:   David Carty, Historian, Author, Producer, Nuttin Bafflin (Anguilla)
9 pm-Onward           Experience Anguilla After Dark (Optional)


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Breakfast at leisure

9:00 am – 12:00 noon   Opportunity to craft your personal Anguilla Experience: Spa, Arts, Shopping, Golf, Tennis, Island Tour (sign-up for optional packages – additional costs apply)

12:15 pm               Transfer to Sandy Ground.  Lunch @ Johnno’s Beach Stop featuring Live Jazz OR Sandy Island, a quintessential Robinson Crusoe-like offshore cay  (sign-up for optional packages (additional costs apply)

4:30 pm                Return to Host hotels.

Afternoon and Evening at leisure.


Monday, May 28, 2012


The Anguilla Lit Fest Committee is pleased to announce that visitors from the Caribbean who normally require a visa may be granted a visa waiver to permit entry into the island to attend the Lit Fest. Simply contact the Immigration Department at to submit a request for permission to enter without visa, along with a copy of your passport details, flight information and place of stay while on the island.  Address your request to Ms Laureen Bryan, Chief Immigration Officer.

You can register as well as pay for your Anguilla Lit Fest passes online