On Wednesday 26 April, the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest will host schoolchildren at City Hall, Port of Spain. From Thursday 27 April to Sunday 30 April, the children’s storytelling caravan joins the adult festival at the National Library in Port of Spain for four days of creative writing workshops, readings, performances, and the final storytelling event of the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest.

On the Thursday and Friday, a number of schools are invited to interact with popular and engaging children’s writers, and to enjoy creative workshops.

On Saturday and Sunday, all children’s events are open to the public for a full day of family fun! These events take place in the children’s library on the ground floor of the National Library, Port of Spain.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THE EVENTS WILL BE FILMED. PHOTO RELEASE FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SIGNING ON THE DAY.

Day 1
26 Apr 2017
Day 2
27 Apr 2017
Day 3
28 Apr 2017
Day 4
29 Apr 2017
Day 5
30 Apr 2017

Reading: Flying to Paria by Gregory Thompson

In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Gregory Thompson

Interactive Reading: Volcano Stories

A collection of short stories written by children in Montserrat with talk and Q&A on volcanoes. In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain...
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Natalie Edgecombe

Poetry Reading: Sufia Giza Amenwahsu

In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Sufia Giza Amenwahsu

Presentation: Pictoral History of Woodford Square

Followed by a welcome from Bocas Lit Fest and Mayor of Port of Spain. In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Danielle Delon

Interactive Reading: Legends of Panderica

In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Brian Benoit

Interactive Presentation: The Adventures of Bim and Bam

In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Janine Mendes-Franco
Jeunanne Alkins

Fun Activities: My Land – Adventures Around Trinidad and Tobago

In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Agyei Archer

Poetry Workshop: Sufia Giza Amenwahsu

In collaboration with His Worship the Mayor Joel Martinez and The Port of Spain Corporation.
Sufia Giza Amenwahsu

Interactive Presentation: The Adventures of Bim and Bam

Bim and Bam! Cartoon Series. Bim and Bam are 5 and a quarter year old twins who get caught up in ridiculous adventures while on vacation with their family. At...
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Janine Mendes-Franco
Jeunanne Alkins

Interactive Reading: Volcano Stories

Natalie Edgecombe of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) reads from “Volcano Stories”, a unique publication featuring 26 winning entries written by children and teenagers from the 2013 MVO Creative Writing...
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Natalie Edgecombe

Interactive Reading: My Land – Adventures around Trinidad and Tobago

Using the power of play, My Land guides parents, teachers, and children on adventures through Trinidad and Tobago’s colourful history and contemporary life. Children will visit the pan yard and...
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Agyei Archer

Dramatic Reading: Tales from the Forest

Lylah Persad reads Soucouyant from Tales from the Forest  with reading and writing exercises to stimulate creativity for all ages.
Lylah Persad

Interactive Reading: Fish for the Grand Lady

Award winning illustrator and author, Colin Bootman, reads from Fish for the Grand Lady, part of the Caribbean Easy Reader Series conceptualised by Colin Bootman and Editor / Communications Consultant...
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Colin Bootman

Dramatic Reading: Tales from the Forest (Repeat)

Penelope Spencer reads Mama D’Lo from Tales from the Forest with reading and writing exercises to stimulate creativity for all ages.
Penelope Spencer

Workshop: I Am Who I Say I Am

Freetown Collective’s Muhammad and Lou believe that everyone has a voice but not everyone knows it. Participants find the courage and know-how to create their own songs.
Lou Lyons
Muhammad Muwakil

Workshop: My Food and Me

Join Omadarth Maharaj as he continues to focus on the local food industry. In this open discussion, Omadarth continues to educate by demonstrating just how important targeting public awareness and...
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Omardath Maharaj

How the Golden Tree Frog Found Its Voice

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Come listen to storyteller Auntie Joan Osborne’s wonderful tales, and after, create your own story together as a team. Stories will later be published as part of the Bocas Lit...
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Joan Osborne

Telling Tales

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Readings and performance of much-loved poems and stories in dialect by Talk Tent artiste Miguel Browne. For all ages. Saturday 29 April, Library Rotunda, 11 am–12 pm
Miguel Browne

Reading: Zeee

Zeee is a soulful tale for young dreamers, doers and discoverers. The story takes its wandering readers on a whimsical adventure that captures the magic and dreams inside every child’s...
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Sheetal Daswani

Reading: Boysie and the Kisakadee

Britta Rajkumar reads Boysie and the Kiskadee, the first in a series of books that teach children on how to save the environment. In this book, Boysie stands up against...
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Britta Rajkumar

Reading: Makaynuh and the Magical Curtains

Melissa Matthews reads from Makaynuh & The Magical Curtains which explores the pure joy, excitement and adventure that children are able to find or imagine in the simplest things, in...
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Melissa Matthews

Workshop: Papermaking

Kahaya Sooklalsingh and Janilla Carrington of the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities explore how the things we take for granted can be beautiful treasures. Learn how to use shredded...
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Janilla Carrington
Kahaya Sooklalsingh

Talk Dat Talk

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In a lively, interactive session, Miguel Browne plays with our Trini-English language. Great fun for the whole family. Saturday 29 April, Library Rotunda, 2–3pm
Miguel Browne

Film: Children’s Stories (Cuentos de Cipotes)

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Animation ∙ 2008 ∙ 20 mins ∙ El Salvador. Director: Ricardo Barahona. Rating: All Ages. A cartoon adaptation of Salvador Salazar Arrué’s (Salarrué’s) 1920’s regular short stories in the newspaper...
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Dragonzilla’s Birthday Party

Children are invited to Dragonzilla’s 7th Birthday Party! Fun, magic and stories await! Refreshments will be provided. In collaboration with the National Theatre Arts Company. Pre-registration required. For children ages...
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