Bim Lit Fest 2014 Programme

 bim lit fest cover photo-pageBIM LITERARY FESTIVAL & BOOK FAIR 15-17 MAY, 2014




Venue: Festival Tent, Independence Square (unless otherwise stated)


7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.   Opening Ceremony: Walcott-Warner Theatre, The May 15

Errol Barrow Centre, UWI, Cave Hill Campus. Madre of Ceremony: Icil Phillips

Friday May 16  

10.00 a.m. – 12.00     Fiction workshop facilitated by Robert Edison Sandiford and Karen Lord (National Library Service)

10.00 -11.00 a.m.        Tea-Readings—feat. local and visiting authors

11.00 a.m. – 12.00      Book Launches: Bim Vol 6, various; Sounding   Ground, Vladimir Lucien

1.00 p.m. -3.00 p.m.    Poetry Master-Class with Mark McWatt

1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.   Panel Discussion“Crossing Identities &      Ethnicities.” Chair: Philip Nanton Panel: Ramabai  Espinet, Sabir Nakhuda, Peter Laurie, Penny Hynam (National Library Service)

3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.   “Tea-Readings”—feat. local and visiting authors

4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Book Launches: In Time of Need, Shakirah Bourne; Virtualis, Cher Corbin; Reader, I Married 

Him & other queer goings-on, Dorothea Smartt

5.00 p.m. -7.00 p.m.    Panel Discussion“Panama Crossing: Heart of  Darkness or Ray of Light?” Chair:  Karl Watson.            Panel: Ronald Williams, Velma Newton, Icil Philips, Frederick Alleyne (National Library Service)

7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.   Bim-Rock Variations I—featuring:

Vladimir Lucien, Ramabai Espinet,    Evelyne Trouillot, Mark Ramsay, Mariposa Reina, Kahfee-Ann Mayers, Katrina Ifill, Corey Springer, Keoma Mallett. M.C: Daveney Ellis

 Saturday May 17        

10.00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Bim LitFest Book Fair

10.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Children’s Festival & Book Fair

 10.00 a.m. -12.00        Fiction Master-Class with Erna Brodber  (National Library Service)

11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.“Writing & Publishing for Children” —Verna     Wilkins (Tamarind Books, U.K.)

2:00 – 4.00 p.m.           Panel Discussion: “Between Sanity and Insanity.”    Chair: Joan Cuffie. Panel: Viola Davis,                Evelyne Trouillot, Ingrid Persaud (National Library Service)

4.00 – 5.45 p.m.           Bridgetown Literary Tour (by bus; limited seating – queries to Festival Committee)

4.30 – 6.30 p.m.           Panel Discussion: “Writing Sexualities—Taboos &   Breakthroughs.” Chair: Christine Barrow. Panel:  Peter Wickham, Evelyn O’Callaghan, Robert  Sandiford, Dorothea Smartt (National Library Service)

5.50 p.m.              Raising of Chamberlain Bridge & Boat   Crossing

6.00 – 6.30 p.m.           “Sax on Water” Pt. 1- Joseph Callender aboard the Honey Bea II (Waterfront Café)

6.30 -7.30 p.m.            Readings by Edward Baugh & Erna Brodber (Scarlet Lounge, Waterfront Cafe)

7.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.   “Sax on Water” Pt. 2 – Joseph Callender (Waterfront Café)

8.00 – 9.30 p.m.           Bim-Rock Variations II—featuring: Alake Pilgrim, Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Shakirah Bourne, Brian Franklin, Daniel Boxill, Shivanee Ramlochan, Tessa King; Khalid Batson;

M.C: Ayesha Gibson-Gill  (Honey Bea II)

9.30 – 10.30 p.m.         Festival Book-End: Open mic event


Festival Founder: Esther Phillips
Festival Organizers: Writers’ Ink Group




Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at

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