Events

Except where otherwise indicated, events took place in the National Library and Old Fire Station and were free of charge.
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

Workshop: Preservation and conservation

Preservation and conservation for beginners, with Danielle Fraser, NALIS conservator. Advice on preserving treasured books and documents. Includes a tour of the NALIS conservation lab. There will be a fee...
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Danielle Fraser

First Time Authors Appreciation

Presentation by NALIS of tokens to first time authors, 2016–2017.

Workshop: Tongueless whispering 1

The first session in a special two-part masterclass with the winner of the 2016 Forward Prize, investigating how to integrate non-human, historical, silent, or musical elements as “voice” into poems....
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Vahni Capildeo

Free Seminars on the Book Business

A series of free seminars for budding and self-published authors on crucial aspects of the book business: True confessions of a literary agent, with Malaika Adero. Media relations for writers,...
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Betty Peter
Franka Philip
Malaika Adero
Nicole Dennis-Benn

Voices From Inside

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Writers Debbie Jacob and Baz Dreisinger host a special event at the Port of Spain prison with poetry readings by winners of the prisons poetry competition and a list of celebrity guests....
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Baz Dreisinger
Debbie Jacob

Film: Dream on Monkey Mountain

Drama ∙ 1970 ∙ 90mins ∙ Trinidad and Tobago. Director: Hugh A. Robertson. Rating: 12+. The original cast of Derek Walcott’s landmark stage play, filmed by Hugh A. Robertson for...
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Film: Under Ground (Subterra)

Drama ∙ 2003 ∙ 112 mins ∙ Chile. Director: Marcelo Ferrari. Rating: PG. A period drama set in 1897 Chile where the inhumane, exploitative working conditions in the largest coal...
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Lit: On Fleek

Drinks, music, poems, stories, and a sizzling open mic: come and lime with some of the Caribbean’s best LGBT writers, plus some surprise guests. Featuring Kei Miller, Rosamond S. King,...
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Andre Bagoo
Angelique V. Nixon
Colin Robinson
Kei Miller
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Rajiv Mohabir
Rosamond King

The legacy of C.L.R. James

Almost three decades after his death, the revolutionary insights and ideas of C.L.R. James seem to grow only more relevant. As we open the festival and a special day-long series...
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CLR James

Film: The Saddhu of Couva

Short∙ 2017 ∙ 5 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Yao Ramesar Rating: All Ages. A lyrical adaptation of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s eponymous poem, narrated by the poet himself...
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Film: Walcott as Poet and Seer

Documentary ∙ 2014 ∙ 63 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Jean Antoine-Dunne. Rating: All Ages. A penetrating documentary on the language and ideas of Derek Walcott and an investigation...
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Workshop: Tongueless whispering 2

The second session in a special two-part masterclass with the winner of the 2016 Forward Prize, investigating how to integrate non-human, historical, silent, or musical elements as “voice” into poems....
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Vahni Capildeo

Discussion: C.L.R. James reconsidered

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What can James’s writings and ideas tell us about contemporary predicaments, in T&T, the Caribbean, and the wider world? Labour leader David Abdulah and scholars Kenneth Ramchand, Bridget Brereton, and...
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Aaron Kamugisha
Bridget Brereton
David Abdulah
Ken Ramchand

Film: Hello Hemingway

Drama ∙ 1990 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Cuba. Director: Fernando Pérez. Rating: PG. Larita, Ernest Hemingway’s young neighbour in Havana in 1956, trying to escape poverty through education, finds in...
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CLR vs the Doc: an extempo debate

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Master calypsonians Black Sage and Short Pants debate the relationship between C.L.R. James and Prime Minister Eric Williams in unique extempo style.
Black Sage

Film: Every Cook Can Govern – the life, impact & work of CLR James

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Documentary ∙ 2016 ∙ 121 mins ∙ United Kingdom Directors: Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris This historical tour-de-force interweaves never-before-seen footage of C.L.R. James himself with personal contributions from those who...
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Discussion: Are all rights created equal?

Human rights apply to all citizens, but should the needs of vulnerable communities — children, the disabled, the mentally ill — lead in setting the agenda? Youth activist Gregory Sloane-Seale,...
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Claudia de Verteuil
Derrick Sharbodie
Gregory Sloane-Seale
Ira Mathur
Keir Roopnarine

Workshop: Making your case

For journalists and non-fiction writers addressing current affairs: fundamentals of research and interviewing, how to structure an argument and make the most convincing use of evidence. This workshop is now...
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Baz Dreisinger

One-on-one with Godfrey Smith

The award-winning biographer of Michael Manley talks to Barbara Lalla about his move from active politics to biographical and historical writing.
Barbara Lalla
Godfrey P. Smith

Young Adult Literature Showcase

The three finalists of the 2017 CODE’s Burt Awards read from their work and discuss the challenges and opportunities of writing for young adult readers, with Barry Goldblatt.
Barry Goldblatt
Kevin Jared Hosein
Lisa Allen-Agostini
Viviana Prado-Núñez

Film: Children’s Stories (Cuentos de Cipotes)

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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Film: The Commitment (El Compromiso)

Drama ∙ 2011 ∙ 96 mins ∙ Costa Rica. Director: Oscar Castillo. Rating: 12+. Federico may be a successful member of society but he never left the revolution behind, forgoing...
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One-on-one with Dr. Keith Rowley

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley discusses his recently published memoir, From Mason Hall to Whitehall, with Bocas deputy festival director Funso Aiyejina. Thursday 27 April, 5–6 pm • Old...
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Funso Aiyejina
Keith Rowley

One Book, One Community

NALIS launches the latest edition of its nationwide community reading project, with Michael Anthony’s classic novel Green Days by the River.
Michael Anthony

Poetry Forward: celebrating the vitality of contemporary Caribbean poetry

This special two-part event begins with readings by Forward Prize-winning poets Kei Miller and Vahni Capildeo and a conversation with Susannah Herbert, director of the Forward Arts Foundation; followed by...
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Andre Bagoo
Gillian Moor
Kei Miller
Richard Georges
Rosamond King
Shivanee Ramlochan
Vahni Capildeo

Film: Obaba

Drama ∙ 2005 ∙ 112 mins ∙ Spain. Director: Montxo Armendáriz. Rating: 12+. Lourdes returns to Obaba with a small video camera to record life in her native Basque town....
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Workshop: Writing for Young Adults

Literary agent and CODE’s Burt Award judge reveals how to be a successful YA author. What are teens, agents and publishers looking for and how to get in on the...
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Barry Goldblatt

One-on-one with David Dabydeen

The celebrated Guyanese poet, novelist, and scholar talks to Susheila Nasta about his career spanning genres and continents, and how contemporary Guyanese writing tackles the intricacies of the country’s troubled...
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David Dabydeen
Sushiela Nasta

Film: City in Red (Ciudad en rojo)

Drama ∙ 2009 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Cuba. Director: Rebeca Chávez. Rating: 12+. A thrilling reflection on violence from the perspective of those not given to violence but who when...
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Discussion: Words + images

Writers and artists discuss books of hybrid genre where images are not merely illustrations and words are not merely captions. With Patricia Mohammed and Rex Dixon, authors of Travels with...
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Annalee Davis
Patricia Mohammed
Philip Nanton

Stand and Deliver

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Our signature platform for new and budding writers. Feature authors Louis Lee Sing, Jannine Horsford, and Gilberte O’Sullivan lead a lineup of writers across genres. You can share your work...
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Gilberte O’Sullivan
Jannine T. Horsford
Louis Lee Sing

National Library tour

Led by Debbie Goodman, Manager, Corporate Communications.

Conversation with artist Kwynn Johnson

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Artist Kwynn Johnson discusses her drawing based on Derek Walcott’s play The Haitian Earth, installed in the Library during the festival.  Place as Palimpsest by Kwynn Johnson (2017, Graphite and conte...
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Kwynn Johnson

Workshop: Learning from the classics

How the works of past authors — whether ancient classics or more recent masterpieces — can trigger inspiration and experiment, with special reference to poetry. This workshop is now full....
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Ishion Hutchinson

One-on-one with Nancy Morejon

The celebrated Cuban poet talks to Nicole Roberts about her life and work and the crucial necessity of translation for Caribbean literary exchange.
Nancy Morejón

Film: Vinicius

Documenatry ∙ 2005 ∙ 124 mins ∙ Brazil. Director: Niguel Faria. Rating: 12+. Vinicius uses a collage of rarely seen images, poetic analyses and interviews to create an enticing biography...
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Family ties

Trinidadians Aliyyah Eniath, author of The Yard, and Nathalie Taghaboni, author of Side by Side We Stand, read from and discuss their fiction based on complicated family stories; chaired by...
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Aliyyah Eniath
Monique Roffey
Nathalie Taghaboni

Discussion: Why a free press matters

A free press is one of democratic society’s major safeguards — but the price of that freedom is permanent vigilance. Senior T&T journalists Wesley Gibbings and Asha Javeed debate the...
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Andy Johnson
Asha Javeed
Mark Wilson
Peter Kimani
Wesley Gibbings

Film: Asleep in the Sun (Dormir al sol)

Fantasy ∙ 2010 ∙ 84 mins ∙ Argentina. Director: Alejandro Chomski. Rating: 12+. Lucio and Diana live a normal life as a couple, except for Diana’s mental issues. When a...
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Film: Magallanes: We all have unfinished business (Magallanes: Todos tenemos un asunto pendiente)

Drama ∙ 2015 ∙ 109 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Salvador del Solar. Rating: 18+. Magallanes is a taxi driver who comes across Celina, a young woman from his past who...
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Noir by Night: celebrating the launch of Trinidad Noir: The Classics

Explore the darker side of contemporary Trinidad and Tobago with Earl Lovelace, co-editor of a new anthology of classic noir writing, plus writers Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw and Sharon Millar, alongside Anthony...
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Anthony Joseph
Ayanna Gillian Lloyd
Earl Lovelace
Elisha Efua Bartels
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw
Kevin Jared Hosein
Sharon Millar

Workshop: How to witness your own work

Reading in public is an opportunity to literally give voice to your writing. Whether you write narrative poetry, experimental fiction, or even scholarly prose, this interactive workshop introduces the basic...
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Rosamond King

Untold Jamaica

OCM Bocas Prize shortlisted fiction writers Kei Miller, author of Augustown, and Marcia Douglas, author of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, read from and discuss their novels reimagining Jamaican...
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Evelyn O’Callaghan
Kei Miller
Marcia Douglas

Film: Gabo – Magic of Reality (Gabo – La creación de Gabriel García Márquez)

Documentary ∙ 2015 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Justin Webster. Rating: PG. How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a popular writer who...
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One-on-one with Edward Baugh

The eminent Jamaican writer and scholar talks to Ishion Hutchinson about a life and career in devotion to poetry.
Edward Baugh
Ishion Hutchinson

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

Stand and Deliver

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Our signature platform for new and budding writers is back, front and centre in our programme. Here’s your chance to test your work in progress with an eager audience. Feature...
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Angelique V. Nixon
Colin Robinson
Otávio Maia Chelotti

Writers’ Lab

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Workshop your writing in a safe space with author and academic Muli Amaye, who runs the MFA creative writing course at UWI, St Augustine. Free and open to writers publishing...
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Workshop: The art of biography

Whether your interest is personal or family memoir or writing the biography of a historical figure, this introductory workshop covering the fundamentals of researching your data and organising your ideas...
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Godfrey P. Smith

One-on-one with Peter Kimani

The Kenyan author of Dance of the Jakaranda talks to Johnny Temple about his transition from journalism to fiction-writing, and the literary scene in East Africa.
Johnny Temple
Peter Kimani

Film: The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Fantasy ∙ 2014 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Brazil. Director: Guilherme Fiúza Zenha. Rating: Ages 7+. For 10 year old Fernando, it seems a dream come true when his mirror reflection...
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Film: The Boy in the Mirror (O Menino no Espelho)

Fantasy ∙ 2014 ∙ 90 mins ∙ Brazil. Director: Guilherme Fiúza Zenha. Rating: Ages 7+. For 10 year old Fernando, it seems a dream come true when his mirror reflection...
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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

One-on-one with Eliot Weinberger

The eminent American writer and translator talks to Nicholas Laughlin about his explorations in the art of the essay, from history to natural science to politics.
Eliot Weinberger

Discussion: Not just in the family

When does the history of one family become relevant to a broader society? Kevin Browne of the Caribbean Memory Project talks with Felicia Chang and Marina Salandy-Brown; chaired by Judy...
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Felicia Chang
Judy Raymond
Kevin Browne
Marina Salandy-Brown

Discussion: How change gets made

In the push to advance LGBT rights in the Caribbean, which platform leads the way — legislative action, the courts, high-profile activism, or grassroots organising? And what’s the value of...
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Angelique V. Nixon
Colin Robinson
Wade Mark

Writers Union Presents

Writers’ Union members share “Epic Poetry from the East”, as the literature of India becomes the inspiration for a new wave of T&T’s writers. Presented in partnership with the Writers’...
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Film: Don’t Tell Anyone (No se lo digas a nadie)

Drama ∙ 1998 ∙ 120 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Francisco Lombardi. Rating: 18+. Joaquin is a young, high-class Peruvian man struggling with his sexual identity. The film traces his development...
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Performance: Human, right?

A human rights-themed Ole Mas competition Integrating this year’s human rights agenda with one of T&T’s most cherished folk traditions, revered for its wit and homage to “picong”, this competition...
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OCM Bocas Prize and Bocas Henry Swanzy Award ceremony

The festival’s centerpiece awards ceremony honours the past year’s best books of Caribbean poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and we present a lifetime achievement award. MC: Marlon De Bique.

Film: The Time of the Hero (La ciudad y los perros)

Drama ∙ 1985 ∙ 135 mins ∙ Peru. Director: Carlos García. Rating: 18+. An exploration of the daily lives and rituals of the cadets and training officers at the Leoncio...
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The books that made me

Writers Edward Baugh, Vahni Capildeo, Rajiv Mohabir, and Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné discuss their key literary influences with Ayanna Gillian Lloyd.
Ayanna Gillian Lloyd
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Edward Baugh
Rajiv Mohabir
Vahni Capildeo

Your Story: a women’s writing workshop

WOMENSPEAK PRESENTS Your Story: a women’s writing workshop, with Monique Roffey Writing can be a deeply cathartic way of exploring and shifting old stories. In this workshop, participants will use...
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Monique Roffey

Film: Sofía and The Stubborn (Sofía y el terco)

Drama ∙ 2012 ∙ 84 mins ∙ Colombia. Director: Andres Burgos. Rating: PG. It is years since an older, sedentary  couple in the Colombian countryside planned a trip to the...
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Growing pains

Novelists Nicole Dennis-Benn and H. Nigel Thomas read from and discuss their novels of queer Caribbean coming-of-age; chaired by Malaika Adero.
H[ubert] Nigel Thomas
Malaika Adero
Nicole Dennis-Benn

Discussion: Crime and punishment

As T&T struggles with a growing crime problem, is our criminal justice system helping matters, or making them worse? Justice Gillian Lucky, criminologist Ramesh Deosaran, teacher and writer Debbie Jacob,...
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Baz Dreisinger
Debbie Jacob
Gillian Lucky
Ramesh Deosaran

Walcott on Stage

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In tribute to the late St. Lucian Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, inaugural winner of the OCM Bocas Prize in 2011, a series of readings from some of his most popular...
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Brenda Hughes

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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Writers’ Lab

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Workshop your writing in a safe space with author and academic Muli Amaye, who runs the MFA creative writing course at UWI, St Augustine. Free and open to writers publishing...
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Discussion: The Invisible Editor

Magazines and journals are vital vehicles for sharing new ideas, and each is shaped by the interests of its editor. But should editors remain “invisible,” or take on a more...
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Kim Robinson-Walcott
Richard Georges

Writing Life

Participants in a special life-writing workshop read their stories, poems, and essays inspired by family documents and heirlooms. In partnership with the Caribbean Memory Project, hosted by Kevin Browne and...
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Stand up for your rights: a human rights open mic

Read your original poems or stories tackling human rights issues, and compete for the approval of Chief Justice Ivor Archie. With a feature performance by Midnight Robber Damian Whiskey.
Damian Whiskey

Film: The Saddhu of Couva

Short∙ 2017 ∙ 5 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Yao Ramesar. Rating: All Ages. A lyrical adaptation of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s eponymous poem, narrated by the poet himself...
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Film: Walcott as Poet and Seer

Documentary ∙ 2014 ∙ 63 mins ∙ Trinidad & Tobago. Director: Jean Antoine-Dunne. Rating: All Ages. A penetrating documentary on the language and ideas of Derek Walcott and an investigation...
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The Lion Makers

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It’s a dramatic history lesson, with a few twists. Presenting an excerpt from a new play by Raymond Ramcharitar, taking a sly look at the relationship between T&T’s first prime...
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Nigel Scott

Caribbean poetry’s new wave

Poets Ishion Hutchinson, Rajiv Mohabir, and Safiya Sinclair read from their highly anticipated new books; chaired by Shivanee Ramlochan.
Ishion Hutchinson
Rajiv Mohabir
Safiya Sinclair
Shivanee Ramlochan

Film: Dream on Monkey Mountain

Drama ∙ 1970 ∙ 90mins ∙ Trinidad and Tobago. Director: Hugh A. Robertson. Rating: 12+. The original cast of Derek Walcott’s landmark stage play, filmed by Hugh A. Robertson for...
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Curfew Chronicles

The ambitious new collection of linked short stories by Jennifer Rahim takes in a broad sweep of contemporary T&T and tackles some of the most contentious events in the country’s...
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Jennifer Rahim

Where is the Best book?

Lloyd Best was one of the Caribbean’s seminal thinkers, whose ideas have infiltrated our political and cultural discourse. But his deliberate avoidance of book-publishing, and his reliance on newspapers and...
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Film: Panama Canal Stories (Historias del canal)

Drama ∙ 2014 ∙ 106 mins ∙ Panama. Directors: Abner Benaim (1977), Carolina Borrero (1913), Luis Franco Brantley (1964), Pinky Mon (1950), Pituga Ortega-Heilbron (2013). Rating: PG. The Panama Canal...
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First Citizens National Poetry Slam Finals

Some of T&T’s top performance poets compete to be named the 2017 First Citizens National Poetry Slam champion. 6–8 pm • National Academy for the Performing Arts. Tickets available at...
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Film: The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motorcicleta) – Screening #3

Drama ∙ 2004 ∙ 128 mins ∙ USA. Director: Walter Salles. Rating: R. An inspiring dramatization of a thrilling 1952 motorcycle road trip the young Che Guevara made from Brazil...
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