The Caribbean leg of the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference, a series of vigorous high-level debates among writers, looking at some of the big questions facing contemporary literature. The NGC Bocas Lit Fest hosted two EWWC debates, supported by the British Council.
• The announcement of the winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, a major regional award recognising Caribbean writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and the inaugural Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, supporting an emerging Caribbean writer in completing a book.
• The inauguration of the new Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters, an annual lifetime achievement award recognising service to Caribbean literature by editors, publishers, critics, and broadcasters.
• The Big Idea: The Winner Effect — How Power Affects Your Brain. Distinguished neuroscientist Professor Ian Robertson delivered the second annual NGC Bocas Lecture on this provocative topic.
• Readings by dozens of writers from the Caribbean and further afield, with discussions on topics such as how technology will (or won’t) change the way we tell stories, what it’s like to see your novel transformed into a film, and the books that have influenced some of Trinidad and Tobago’s best contemporary authors.
• A series of events focused on budding and emerging writers, including workshops in fiction and poetry, and our New Talent Showcase, shining a spotlight on promising writers close to publishing their first books.
• The VERSES Bocas Poetry Slam, supported by First Citizens, where spoken word poets competed with their peers for prizes.
• Screenings of films based on Caribbean novels and poems — see how our literature translates to the big screen.
• The KFC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest, one month of storytelling events for young people that bridge the gap between the oral tradition and the written word.
• The launch of CaribLit, a new online hub with resources for Caribbean writers, readers, and publishers, created by the Caribbean Literature Action Group, a partnership between The Bocas Lit Fest, the British Council, and Commonwealth Writers.