All events take place at the UTT Campus of The Southern Academy for Performing Arts, Corner of Todd Street & Rienzi Kirton Highway, San Fernando.
All events (except workshops) are free and open to the public — no tickets are required.
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Remembering Samuel Selvon
Celebrating Selvon’s life and work on the twentieth anniversary of his death with feature remarks from Ken Ramchand on “The Other Selvon”, and dramatisations by actors Errol Sitahal and David Sammy.
10.30 – 11.30am
Browse the stalls, get books signed and grab a bite for lunch to the extempo beats of Black Sage and other specially invited guests.
11.30 – 12.30pm • Festival Courtyard
New Writers From T&T
Readings by four promising new writers from T&T: Zahra Gordon, Ayanna Lloyd, Jannine Horsford and Kirk Budhooram. Chaired by Shivanee Ramlochan.
12.30 – 1.30pm
FICTION: BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE
Writers Michael Cozier, Vashti Bowlah and Lisa Allen-Agostini put their own spin on stories from Trinidad’s past. Chaired by Nicholas Laughlin.
1.45 – 2.45 pm
Traveller Jan Westmaas and Maha Sabha Secretary General Sat Maharaj, together with his biographer Kumar Mahabir, discuss their lives and inspirations with Marina Salandy-Brown.
3 – 4pm
An introduction to speculative fiction, with Karen Lord
Award-winning author Karen Lord introduces writers to one of the most popular contemporary genres. This workshop is for all prose writers keen to experiment with and master the specific challenges of writing alternate histories and worlds, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia, and post-apocalyptic narratives. Register here.
2 – 5pm
Tanya Shirley of Jamaica talks to Nicholas Laughlin about her newly released collection The Merchant of Feathers.
4.15 – 5pm
2 CENTS PRESENTS
Performances by the best young spoken word and musical talents.
5 – 6 pm • Festival Courtyard