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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From letters to words to stories, don’t get left behind by the Pierrot Grenade’s word play.
10.30 – 11am • Festival Courtyard
Researchers Hazel Manning and Eric Lewis explore their on-going work in preserving the history of the South, with historian Angelo Bissessarsingh.
11 – 11.45am
CRIME AS FICTION: WORSE THAN REALITY?
Fiction writers Barbara Jenkins, Cynthia Birch & Elisha Bartels read from short stories about crime in Trinidad, and Caron Asgarali shares her true-life account of being attacked at gunpoint in La Romaine (captured in her memoir From Lion to Lamb).
12 – 12.45pm
STAND & DELIVER
Calling wordsmiths of all kinds, new and experienced, poet and novelist, to present their work at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest South! Register for your spot on the day.
12.45 – 2pm • Festival Courtyard
Poetry in Progress, with Tanya Shirley
An introductory workshop to help poets unlock their imaginative reach and take their work to the next level. Register here.
2 – 5 pm
RSA Garcia (Lex Talionis) and Karen Lord (The Best of All Possible Worlds) read from new novels, and discuss the rise of speculative fiction and the experience of writing and publishing from at home in the Caribbean. Chaired by Shivanee Ramlochan.
2 – 2.45pm
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw reads from her latest novel Mrs. B, loosely inspired by Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, about the life of an upper middle-class family in contemporary Trinidad. Chaired by Nicholas Laughlin.
3 – 3.45pm
PEPPERPOT: BEST NEW STORIES FROM THE CARIBBEAN
Published by Peekash
A collection of original short stories culled from the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Following the packed launch of Pepperpot at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in April, we bring this pan-Caribbean anthology to San Fernando. Featuring readings by K. Jared Hosein, Kevin Baldeosingh and Sharon Millar. Presented by Anna Lucie-Smith, and with music by Pauliana Padmore.
4 – 5pm