About

Welcome to the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, celebrating books, writing, and writers in Trinidad and Tobago.

What?

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest in April is Trinidad and Tobago’s premier annual literary festival: a lively celebration of books, writers, writing, and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope.

This is the Festival’s fifth year of bringing together readers and writers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the wider world for five days of readings, performances, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and more.

The Festival also includes a full programme of activities for younger readers, The NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest. There will be a month-long storytelling caravan around the country on Saturdays throughout the month of April, plus readings, creative writing workshops and performances by children’s authors, alongside the main five-day Festival.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest takes place at the National Library and the adjoining Old Fire Station in downtown Port of Spain. An entire city block in the heart of the capital is transformed into a vibrant Festival Village, including performance stages open to the street, booksellers’ stalls with hundreds of titles on sale, and space to eat, drink, and relax. There will also be satellite evening events at venues around the city.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the first major literary festival held in Trinidad and Tobago and the southern Caribbean, is a lively, energetic, enjoyable celebration of words, stories, and ideas, with events for everyone — from budding writers to avid readers to schoolchildren. All readings, panels, and performances are free and open to the public.

When?

The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest will run from Wednesday 29 April to Sunday 3 May, 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

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.  See our contact page for all of our staff who make this event possible.