Calabash Literary Festival —one of the world’s 4 coolest


The Baltimore Post-Examiner mentions the Calabash Literary Festival, Jamaica, as one of the four coolest literature festivals in the world. Marcelo Brahimllari (Baltimore Post-Examiner) writes about Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival:

Held at picturesque Treasure Beach in Jamaica’s St Elizabeth parish, Calabash is a biennial festival that attracts some of the world’s foremost authors and mixes literature, music, food and good vibes in an authentic Caribbean melting pot. Past headliners include Salman Rushdie, Marlon James, Akala, and Lorna Goodison — so you might be sipping a rum punch in fine company. It’s next held in 2020 — keep a keen eye on for updates.

Description (from

The Calabash International Literary Festival was founded in 2001 by three Jamaicans the novelist Colin Channer, the poet Kwame Dawes and the producer Justine Henzell. Their aim was simple—to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world.

A three-day festival of readings and music with other forms of storytelling folded in the mix, Calabash is earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse. After 10 successive years Calabash is now staged on a biennial basis on even years. All festival events are free and open to the public. Passion is the only price of entry. But voluntary contributions are welcomed.

The festival is produced by the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust (the Trust), which also produces publishing seminars and writing workshops. The Trust is affiliated with the Friends of the Calabash International Literary Festival, a registered 501(c)(3) corporation in the United States.

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[Image above: the 2018 logo for Calabash.]

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