If you love novels and poetry in English and looking for an international book festival at an unusual location, Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica is the answer. This year’s Festival takes place from Friday June 1st to Sunday 3rd at Treasure Beach, a small fishing village, south-west of the island. Calabash is the realization of its founders who wanted ‘to create a world-class literary festival with roots in Jamaica and branches reaching out into the wider world.’ Since starting in 2001 Calabash has grown in popularity both in the Caribbean and globally, attracting world renown writes such as Salman Rushdie, Colum McCann, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, Junot Diaz, Michael Ondaatje, Elizabeth Alexander, Russell Banks, Edwidge Danticat, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Caryl Phillips, Tishani Doshi, Mervyn Morris, Kei Miller, Marlon James, and Eleanor Catton. Each festival draws hundreds to an open-air tent to listen to authors and enjoy live music. It’s free of cost, everyone is welcome, and donations of whatever amount gladly accepted. So be quick book a place to stay in Treasure Beach and enjoy Calabash 2018.