Alliouagana Festival of the Word begins next week in Montserrat


A report from Caribbean News Now.

The eighth edition of Montserrat’s literary festival begins next week with book launches as well as international speakers.

Technology and the Word: Contemporary Manifestations is the theme of the 2016 Alliouagana Festival of the Word (AFW), which will run from November 10 to 13, 2016, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.

According to AFW chair, Gracelyn Cassell, the focus this year is on how technology has transformed the ways in which we communicate with our children, in business and what we need to be aware of as we receive information in a multi-media world.

The festival will open with the fourth distinguished lecture in the Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell Memorial Lecture Series to be presented by Dr Samuel Joseph. His presentation will be ICTs – Transforming Cultural Industries.

Along with the launch of several new books by Montserratian authors, there will be visiting speakers who work within the media, technology and word space. They include JD Scott, an actor and host of the HGTV show Property Brothers and model and makeup artist Annalee Belle, who will present technology and social media in branding.

Caribbean-American blogger Eva Wilson-Greene of discusses how her desire to raise her children in America with the Caribbean principles and culture she grew up with developed into an award-winning website and brand.

Alan and Amanda Springer will share other dimensions of life in a tech-driven world.

Filmmakers Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua will host the Caribbean Travelling Film Showcase on Sunday afternoon, sponsored by Goldenmedia and Discover Montserrat.

The full schedule of activities is available on and Follow updates on Montserrat’s only literary festival at

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