From its inaugural event held November 13 – 15, 2009, the festival has been able to attract international authors such as Jason Reynolds, Eric Jerome Dickey, Frané Lessac, Marie Elena John, Olive Senior, and Earl Lovelace.
Renowned lecturers and speakers such as the late Dr. George A. Irish, Sir Hilary Beckles, Sir Howard Fergus, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Dr. Yvonne Weekes, and Opal Palmer Adisa have shared their wisdom on Caribbean identity, nationalism and creativity.
The three-day literary festival is preceded by the Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell Memorial Lecture Series each year.
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To promote a world class annual literary festival that connects partners, sponsors, artists, musicians and creative writers in a celebratory environment and fosters unparalleled development in local publishing.


We strive to attract growing numbers of visitors, award winning authors, and publishers to sustain economic and cultural growth in Montserrat through mutually beneficial linkages with local, regional, and global markets.


The Steering Committee for the Alliouagana Festival of the Word owes a deep debt of gratitude to the presenters who generously agreed to participate in the festival and the numerous volunteers who have given of their time, talent, and resources. The assistance of the Montserrat Arts Council and all sponsors and partners is also deeply appreciated. Together we will build an event that can be enjoyed by all, and which will contribute to economic, social and cultural development on the island of Montserrat.

Gracelyn Cassell, Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word