Appearances (Festivals, Panels, Book Clubs, Launches, Readings, and Other Showcases)

If your book club, school, business, agency, or other group is interested in hosting me virtually (e.g. via skype) or in person, for a talk, or reading, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please note, that a minimum purchase of my books and/or appearance fee plus expenses will be required. I am also experienced in leading workshops for children, teens, and adults on creative writing, story (including use in the classroom), media/communications, and written communication. A facilitation fee is required for workshops/courses.

See also: Media pageCooking Magic, Televised Book Club Discussion, Writers’ Gallery (or writers I’ve met along the way), Writer’s Gallery (or Writer’s Life in Images) & galleries of launch events for books like The Boy from Willow Bend , Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure


November 5th and 7th 2019 @ the Sharjah International Book Fair – Discussion Forum on Young Adult Literature and Writing by Women – African Literature, respectively.


September 5th 2019 – Interview and reading on ABS TV morning programme (shared for the reading (from Musical Youth) – will share a video clip if I get it – until then here’s a couple of images) –

August 2019 – I also was not at CARIFESTA but my book was courtesy Danielle Boodoo Fortune (illustrator of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure) who said: “These little ones loved it, and they had lots of great questions!” (via social media)’

May 2019 – while I did not attend the Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad, Danielle Boodoo Fortune (illustrator of Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure) again represented, sharing the book during a children’s workshop she facilitated at the festival. Danielle at Bocas 2019

March 2019 – I wasn’t present for this one but my book With Grace was and I have video

This was part of a Black History Month event at the Barnes Hill Reservoir Park(see the Jhohadli blog’s Media page and my YouTube channel for more like this)

February 28th 2019 – Co-facilitated a workshop for students during Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Education’s Literacy Festival. Please note, all workshops won’t be listed here as many fall less under author appearances and more under professional services, this was a hybrid; but you can read related performance reviews here.

December 15th 2018 – Author Meet and Greet at the Best of Books. December 2018 2.jpg
See post at Wadadli Pen.

November 17th 2018 – 4:00 p.m. – ReadCaribbean Presents Adventures for Kids – Miami Book Fair. Read about the experience here.
reading at the Miami Book Fair

October 25th 2018 – 6-7 p.m. – Antigua and Barbuda’s Crusader Radio’s  Literary Hour. 107.3 FM. – I don’t usually archive media appearances here as those are on the Media page but I’m doing so now to tell you about the pieces that I read and where you can find them: Ah Write! and The Arrival are in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, and The Night the World Ended is, at this writing, forthcoming in Volume 32 of The Caribbean Writer

October 22nd 2018 – read poem Ode to the Pan Man and excerpt from Musical Youth at Independence Programme Fu Arwe Ting! See clip from the Musical Youth reading below and go to my AntiguanWriter YouTube channel to see Ode to the Pan Man and other things.

June 10th 2018 – Barbados – Commonwealth Writers reading headlined by Jacob Ross and Karen Lord and including participant-writers (in the Commonwealth sponsored workshop) from the Bahamas, Bermuda, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, Jamaica, and Antigua and Barbuda.commonwealth writers.jpg

June 2nd 2018 – Celebrating Ourselves at The Shed at Sugar Ridge, Antigua.
Sugar Ridge 1

March 25th 2018 – look who showed up at the New Fire Festival in Trinidad (not me, but illustrator Danielle Boodoo Fortune with Dolphin and Coral from Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure).NFF2018_Kids zone_Danielle Boodoo Fortune_Lost_2<–Dolphin at the New Fire Festival.

December 2017 – Book signing at the Best of Books, Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure (also With Grace and Musical Youth).the table 3

October 27th 2017 – Visit to Kids Unlimited school (Antigua) for a reading of With Grace.

August 7th and 8th 2017 – (not technically an appearance but) the tree faerie from my book With Grace made an appearance during Antigua’s Carnival:
With Grace


May 13th 2017 – Wadadli Stories Book Fair (ACB Car Park, St. Mary’s Street, Antigua) – scheduled events including reading, panels, workshops, and the announcement of the winners from the 2017 Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge:


April 26th 2017 – Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office World Intellectual Property Day Open House and Mini Fair:

December 2016 – With Grace  launched:glen trying to live stream
May 12th – 15th 2016 – BIM Lit Fest:13230141_2014609232096772_857350641292253059_n
March 29th & April 7th 2016 – Presenting at the Antigua and Barbuda National Public Library Easter Camp

January 21st 2016 – Moray House, Georgetown, Guyana: Fiction and poetry readings by (in order pictured, top) Felene Cayetano (Belize), Richard Georges (British Virgin Islands), me, Naijah Imoja (Barbados); (in order pictured, bottom) Jane King (St. Lucia), Shivanee Ramlochan (Trinidad and Tobago),Kim Dismont Robinson (Bermuda), Tanya Batson-Savage (Jamaica); (not pictured) Ruel Johnson (Guyana). This reading was timed to coincide with a weeklong fiction editing workshop. Here’s the Post-workshop blog:

September 20th 2015 – Brooklyn Book Festival:

After the panel - me with from left Ian, Matthew and Tanwi.

June 27th 2015 Government House fundraiser Sips and Verses:
reading from Oh Gad at Government House 2015

June 3rd to 7th 2015 – St. Martin Book Fair:

Reading from Musical Youth and chatting with students at Hillside Christian school in St. Martin.
May 21st to 24th 2015 – The Anguilla Literary Festival – a Literary Jollification:

Reading from The Boy from Willow Bend and Musical Youth at the Anguilla Public Library.

March 26th to 29th 2015 – The Virgin Islands literary festival and book fair:

Me (right), at the Virgin Islands Literary Festival, with Jamaica Kincaid (left) and Opal Palmer Adisa (centre).
February 2015 – Did a local schools tour throughout this month. Stops included Antigua Girls High School,  Clare Hall Secondary and St. Mary’s Secondary:


2015 – Good Morning Antigua and Barbuda Teen Edition and other media coverage can be found here: GMAB Teen Edition 2015 with interviewer Cuthbert

December 2014 – Antigua – book club discussion – Oh Gad! and Musical Youth

November 2014 – Antigua – launch of Musical Youth at the Best of Books:

Here I am reading from Musical Youth.

November 2014 – Antigua – Leonard Tim Hector Memorial lecture and award ceremony receiving the LTH Memorial Award:

July 2014 – Public Library Street Fair for Library Week (Antigua and Barbuda):

April 2014 – Literary Safari at the Pen World Voices Festival at the Westbeth Center for the Arts in NY. Experience blogged here. PW anthology here. PEN page here. Literary Safari Slide Show here:Reading during the Literary Safari. From the PEN facebook album.

Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad for the announcement of the Burt Awards Winner (placed second overall! Watch out for Musical Youth); also a panelist. Experience blogged here and here:

Collecting my Burt trophy at Bocas. Photos by Marlon James for Bocas.
The Commonwealth Foundation invited me to be a part of a panel entitled The Untold Story in Glasgow, Scotland. Experience blogged here and here; event report here and pre-interview with the British Council here:

Wadadli Youth Pen Prize annual awards ceremony (every year…almost every year since 2004) – not a promotional activity but lit arts related as Wadadli Pen is a not profit project I founded to nurture and showcase the literary arts in Antigua and Barbuda:

December 2013 – signing with fellow Antiguan author at the Best of Books:

From left, Linisa George, Brenda Lee Browne, Floree Williams, and me.
2013 – I wasn’t there for this one, the Antigua and Barbuda booth in North Carolina, but  thank them for featuring me alongside other Antiguan and Barbudan authors…but “best selling” I wish! No, seriously, I wish:

August 2013 – Jhohadli Summer Youth Writing Project-see Jhohadli Writing Project for more workshop activity.

Summer 2013 – Public Library summer programme (first reading of Fish Outta Water – first children’s book): library 2013

April 2013 – The 3rd Congress of Caribbean Writers in Guadeloupe:Earl Lovelace and me (Joanne C. Hillhouse) - Photo by John R Lee.
with Caribbean literary legend Earl Lovelace-

Reading in Guadeloupe before a group of Caribbean writers.

April 2013 honouring promising literary talent in the awards ceremony for The Wadadli Youth Pen Prize @ the Best of Books, Antigua

February 2013 reading at Greenland Books and Things in St. Kitts

February 2013 cooking and reading during Cooking Magic appearance

October 2012 Just Write Retreat (for other workshop activity, see the Jhohadli Writing Project  and Performance Reviews page)

October 2012 reading and discussing the book during ABS TV Oh Gad! Book Club Discussion &

August 2012 reading at Nature Island Literary Festival in Dominica

 (with Barbadian poet Adrian Green)

July 2012 NY launch with the Friends of Antigua Public Liibrary &

June 2012 reading at the end of my two weeks at the Callaloo Writers Workshop at Brown University in Rhode Island

May 2012 reading, presenting and serving on a panel during the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars conference in Suriname

April 2012 Oh Gad! launch

October 2011 Telling Our Stories (University of Toronto, Canada) :

Presenting Oh Gad! (pre-publication) in Canada, 2011.

2008 Moonlight Street Fair (Antigua) in celebration of Dancing Nude in the Moonlight

2008 An international fellowship at the Breadloaf Writers Conference included a live reading

2008 BIM Conference Celebrating Caribbean Women Writers (Barbados) :

2007 Author in Residence – Friends of Antigua Public Library (NY)

2003 – keynote speaker at the University of Puerto Rico’s Islands In Between Conference

Interviews etc

And too many other appearances and school visits to mention:


…and it began here at my first writing workshop and first public reading (1995) at the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute, University of Miami. Here’s where you can find the clip of me reading (it begins at 57:15 but why not watch the whole thing). And here I am with other workshop participants:

Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute