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About  //  The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest will run from 23 to 27 April: five full days of readings, discussions, performances, workshops, and more!

What?

An annual literary festival with Caribbean focus and international scope, bringing together writers, readers, performers, and publishers for a five-day celebration of books and writing.

At the heart of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest are a series of readings by some of Trinidad and Tobago’s and the Caribbean’s finest writers of fiction and poetry — from authors of books already considered contemporary classics to prizewinning newcomers.

At each session, writers read from their recent booksdiscuss their work, and answer questions from the audience. This is a chance to encounter some of your favourite writers up close. Each reading includes a book-signing session, and books are available from the participating booksellers.

The readings series also includes a special focus on talented emerging writers. Every year, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest New Talent Showcase selects exceptionally talented writers who are yet to publish their first book, and give them a platform to share their work and engage with a larger audience.

And because some of the liveliest contemporary poetry lives not on the page but on the stage, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest showcases Trinidad and Tobago’s vibrant performance poetry scene, with daily performances and open mic sessions in the National Library’s Abercromby Street arcade.

Curated by Jean Claude Cournand and Mickel Alexander, these sessions will change your ideas about what poetry can be.

When?

The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest will run from Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 April, with five full days of readings, performances, workshops, and discussions. Plus events for children every weekend during the preceding month.

Where?

Trinidad and Tobago, at the southern end of the Caribbean.

Main venues: National Library and Old Fire Station, downtown Port of Spain

Children’s events: 2014 venues to be announced

Why?

  • to celebrate the Caribbean’s literary achievements in a festive atmosphere
  • to broaden our cultural capital into an area in which we have already excelled, and to which many aspire
  • to foster interest in reading and writing
  • to help demystify books and improve literacy
  • to help sustain the book industry, which supports this
  • to expand our idea of literature by including performance poetry and rapso
  • to exploit and enhance our presence on the world stage
  • to launch an annual prize for literature

Who?

The Bocas Lit Fest is a registered non-profit company incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago. Its directors are Marina Salandy-Brown, Deanna Greenidge, Funso Aiyejina, Ken Attale, and Val Kempadoo. See our contact page for all of our staff who make this event possible.

 

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