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Bocas Children’s Book Prize Shortlist Announced

Three Caribbean books for young readers have been shortlisted for the 2023 Bocas Children’s Book Prize. The shortlistees were announced on Sunday 19 November, 2023. The US$1,000 prize, sponsored by the Wainwright Family, is dedicated to recognising noteworthy books by Caribbean authors for readers aged 7 to 12, and celebrating outstanding English-language children’s literature.

Images Meet Words: How To Put Together a Visual Book, with Melanie Archer

Including photos and images in your book can inspire curiosity and engagement. Our next Writers First seminar, Images Meet Words, is ideal for writers, photographers, memoirists, and journalists who, under the tutelage of designer Melanie Archer, will learn about the best ways to balance images and words on the page.

The new Bocas Breakthrough Fellowships are open for applications!

The Bocas Breakthrough Fellowships, a new programme for early-career Caribbean writers administered by the Bocas Lit Fest, are now open for applications.

Running from December 2023 to May 2024, the Bocas Breakthrough Fellowships will support five early-career Caribbean writers based at home in the region in advancing or completing a book manuscript or other body of work, and developing their professional skills and networks in the regional and international literary world. The application deadline is 31 October, 2023.

President hosts second edition of Children’s Storytime

Her Excellency Christine C. Kangaloo, President of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, continued the series “Children’s Storytime at President’s House” with another event at her residence on Wednesday 4 October, hosted by the Office of The President in collaboration with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.  In July, President Kangaloo hosted the inaugural Children’s Storytime

Family Reading Circle returns to The Writers Centre

Promoting reading among youngsters is a constant work in progress for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, through programmes like its annual Children’s Festival and Storytelling Caravan. This month, in collaboration with early literacy advocacy NGO Let’s Read T&T, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest relaunches its Family Reading Circle events for children aged seven and under.

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