Saturday 27 April

launch

ONE-ON-ONE

Ian McDonald

The Guyana-based Trinidadian
author of The Humming-Bird Tree talks to Nicholas Laughlin about his life and work as poet, fiction writer, and editor of the journal Kyk-over-al

10–11 am • AV Room

 

EDINBURGH WORLD WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

A National Literature?

Keynote speaker: Marlon James

Writers’ panel: Irvine Welsh, Vahni Capildeo, Hannah Lowe

Chair: Marina Warner

The first of our two writers’ debates, part of a worldwide series of discussions on literature’s big questions

11 am–12.30 pm • Old Fire Station

 

ROMANCE FICTION

Roslyn Carrington and Heather Rodney-Diaz

chaired by Jessie-May Ventour

Two Trinidadian writers of romance novels read from their work and discuss how to make affairs of the heart come to life on the page

11 am–12 pm • AV Room

 

FILMS

Selected shorts 

Film adaptations of St Lucian poems and short stories by Davina Lee, and short profiles of poet Vahni Capildeo and novelist Lawrence Scott by Karen Martinez

12–1 pm • AV Room

 

PERFORMANCE POETRY AND OPEN MIC

Lunchtime jam

A selection of performance poets take their vibe to the streets of the city. Plus a chance for budding
writers to share their work

12–1 pm • Abercromby Street Arcade

 

NEW TALENT SHOWCASE

Shivanee Ramlochan

The third of our New Talent
Showcase writers reads from her poems and fiction and discusses her work

1–2 pm • Old Fire Station

 

WORKSHOP

How to pitch your story

with Elise Dillsworth and Ibrahim Ahmad

A literary agent and a senior fiction editor at Akashic Books share tips on how to talk to publishers

1–3 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room

 

NGC BOCAS LECTURE:
THE BIG IDEA

The winner effect: how power
affects the body and mind

with Ian Robertson

In the second annual NGC Bocas Lecture a distinguished neuroscientist explains what makes “winners” and “losers”, and discusses how success changes the structure of the human brain with Mark Lyndersay

1.30–3 pm • AV Room

 

FICTION

DIY Fiction

with Helen Drayton, Beverley-Ann Scott, and Hugh Blanc

chaired by Geraldine Skeete

In this showcase of the best self-published Trinidadian fiction of the past year, three authors read from their work and discuss their publishing experiences

1.30–2.30 pm • 2nd Floor Seminar Room

 

WRITERS’ UNION PRESENTS

Homegrown talent

Members of the Writers’ Union of Trinidad and Tobago read from their work, and host a talk by Carol
Redhead on “Writers as visionaries”

2.30–5 pm • 2nd Floor Seminar Room

 

CARIBLIT LAUNCH

“The unity is submarine”

A year after the inaugural Caribbean Literature Action Group meeting, the CaribLit initiative is launched to the public with a conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing contemporary Caribbean writers. With Kellie Magnus, Kendel Hippolyte, Diana McCaulay, and Nicholas Laughlin

3–4 pm • Old Fire Station

 

FILM

The Mystic Masseur, dir. Ismail Merchant

Set midway through the 20th century among Trinidad’s Indian population, this is the first film adapted from the work of Nobel-winning author V.S. Naipaul. Following the death of his father, idealistic teacher Ganesh strives to become a writer, but instead is propelled into national politics

3–6 pm • AV Room

 

FICTION

Oonya Kempadoo and Lawrence Scott

chaired by Alake Pilgrim

New fiction from the authors of All Decent Animals and Light Falling on Bamboo

4.30–5.30 pm • Old Fire Station

 

OCM BOCAS PRIZE AND
HOLLICK ARVON PRIZE

2013 announcement ceremony

The winners of the third annual OCM Bocas Prize and the first annual Hollick Arvon Caribbean
Writers’ Prize are announced

6.30–8.30 pm • Under the Trees, Hotel Normandie

By invitation

 

The final schedule is subject to changes. Except where otherwse indicated, events take place in the National Library and Old Fire Station, Abercromby and Hart Streets, Port of Spain. All events (except workshops) are free and open to the public — no tickets are required.

Printed programmes are available during the festival, indicating the location of each event in the National Library/Old Fire Station compound.

 

Download a printable copy of the full 2013 festival programme here.