2016 Events

Except where otherwise indicated, events take place in the National Library and Old Fire Station and are free of charge. Save all the events you wish to attend using the "add to schedule" feature, and build your own festival schedule!
Day 1
23 Apr 2016
Day 2
24 Apr 2016
Day 3
25 Apr 2016
Day 4
26 Apr 2016
Day 5
27 Apr 2016
Day 6
28 Apr 2016
Day 7
29 Apr 2016
Day 8
30 Apr 2016
Day 9
01 May 2016

Taita Boves

2016 CineLit / Read More
Action/Drama / 2010 / 100 min / Venezuela Director/Screenwriter: Luis Alberto Lamata Starring: Juvel Vielma, Daniela Alvarado, Gledys Ibarra José Tomás Boves was a cruel man who became a legend...
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El Premio Flaco

2016 CineLit / Read More
Comedy / 2009 / 104 min / Cuba Director/Screenwriter: Juan Carlos Cremata Starring: Rosa Vasconcelos, Carlos Gonzalvo, Paula Alí. Iluminada lives in a humble neighborhood and her economic situation is...
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El Caballero Don Quixote

2016 CineLit / 2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / Read More
Adventure / 2002 / 122 min / Spain Director/Screenwriter: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Starring: Juan Luis Galiardo, Carlos Iglesias, José Luis Torrijo Based on the second half of Miguel de Cervantes’...
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Trópico de Sangre

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2010 / 116 min / Dominican Republic Director/Screenwriter: Juan Delancer Starring: Michelle Rodríguez, Juan Fernández, César Evora. A true story of how Minerva Mirabal and her sisters came...
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Deus é Brasileiro

2016 CineLit / Read More
Comedy / 2003 / 110 min / Brazil Director/Screenwriter: Carlos (Cacá) Diegues Starring: Antonio Fagundes, Wagner Moura, Paloma Duarte Tired of the mistakes committed by men, God decides to take...
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Cuentos de Cipotes

2016 Children's Programme / 2016 CineLit / Read More
Animation / 2008 / 20 min / El Salvador Director: Ricardo Barahona A cartoon adaptation of Salvador Salazar Arrué’s (Salarrrué) regular short stories in the newspaper Patria in the late...
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Bombal: Fuego en la Niebla

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2012 / 81 min / Chile Director: Marcelo Ferrari Starring: Blanca Lewin, Marcelo Alonso, Alejandro Goic María Luisa Bombal, one of Chile’s most important writers, struggled to reconcile...
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Gabo: La Creación de Gabriel García Márquez

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2015 / 90 min / Colombia Director: Justin Webster Screenwriter: Justin Webster, Kate Horne Includes: Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jaime García Márquez, César Gaviria, Bill Clinton How did a...
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José Martí: El Ojo del Canario

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2010 / 120 min / Cuba Director/Screenwriter: Fernando Pérez Starring: Damián Antonio Rodríguez Vidal, Daniel Romero Bildaín, Rolando Brito José Martí, writer, politician, and most revered Cuban national...
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Historias de Cronopios y de Famas

2016 CineLit / Read More
Animation / 2013 / 86 min / Argentina Director/Screenwriter: Julio Ludueña Starring: Stella Maris Closas, Cristina Tejedor, Aldo Pastur In this adaptation of Julio Cortázar’s work, fantastic tales are brought...
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Donde Acaban los Caminos

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2004 / 82 min / Guatemala Director: Carlos García Agraz Screenwriter: Reynaldo Leon Starring: Giacomo Buonafina, Andrea Rivera, Herbert Ignacio A doctor goes to work in a country...
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Pantaleón y las Visitadoras

2016 CineLit / Read More
Comedy/Drama / 1999 / 144 min / Peru/Spain Director: Francisco Lombardi Starring: Salvador del Solar, Angie Cepeda, Mónica Sánchez, Pilar Bardem, Gianfranco Brero The Peruvian army captain Pantaleón Pantoja, a...
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Cuentos de Cipotes

2016 Children's Programme / 2016 CineLit / Read More
Animation / 2008 / 20 min / El Salvador Director: Ricardo Barahona A cartoon adaptation of Salvador Salazar Arrué’s (Salarrrué) regular short stories in the newspaper Patria in the late...
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Donde Acaban los Caminos

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2004 / 82 min / Guatemala Director: Carlos García Agraz Screenwriter: Reynaldo Leon Starring: Giacomo Buonafina, Andrea Rivera, Herbert Ignacio A doctor goes to work in a country...
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Trópico de Sangre

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2010 / 116 min / Dominican Republic Director/Screenwriter: Juan Delancer Starring: Michelle Rodríguez, Juan Fernández, César Evora. A true story of how Minerva Mirabal and her sisters came...
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El Poeta del Arrabal

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2006 / 27 min / Panama Director: Austreberta Torres de Navarro The Panamanian poet Demetrio Korsi was known as “el poeta del Arrabal” after his birthplace. Korsi represents...
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Neruda

2016 CineLit / Read More
Docu-Drama / 2014 / 100 min / Chile Director/Screenwriter: Manuel Basoalto Starring: José Secall, Paulina Harrington, Max Corvalán Pablo Neruda’s speech “I accuse” against President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, made the...
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Del Amor y Otros Demonios

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2009 / 103 min / Colombia/Costa Rica Rating: PG13 Director/Screenwriter: Hilda Hidalgo Starring: Pablo Derqui, Eliza Triana, Jordi Dauder, Joaquín Climent When the young Sierva María is bitten...
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Uncovering the plot: a crime fiction masterclass

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list.  An in-depth exploration of the popular crime fiction genre, offering insight into creating suspenseful plots and...
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Jacob Ross

Binding words: an introduction to chapbook binding

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list.  A hands-on session in which participants will learn how to produce their own simple book structures...
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Sonia Farmer

Wednesday lunchtime jam

2016 Play On / 2016 Say It Loud / Read More
Featuring some of T&T’s best young spoken word poet and musicians. Bookmark

Writers First

2016 Workshops / 2016 Writers First / Read More
A series of free seminars for budding and self-published writers on key areas of the book business, led by publishing experts: Don’t sell yourself short: marketing and promotion for authors,...
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Jeremy Poynting
Marina Salandy-Brown
Melanie Archer
Sharon Jorcil-James

Gabo: La Creación de Gabriel García Márquez

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2015 / 90 min / Colombia Director: Justin Webster Screenwriter: Justin Webster, Kate Horne Includes: Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Jaime García Márquez, César Gaviria, Bill Clinton How did a...
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Cricket then, now, and when

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Queen’s Park Cricket Club, a panel of players and expert observers debate the importance of the game to the Caribbean’s past and present,...
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David Furlonge
Deryck Murray
Fazeer Mohammed
Ken Ramchand
Merissa Aguilleira

José Martí: El Ojo del Canario

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2010 / 120 min / Cuba Director/Screenwriter: Fernando Pérez Starring: Damián Antonio Rodríguez Vidal, Daniel Romero Bildaín, Rolando Brito José Martí, writer, politician, and most revered Cuban national...
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Festival Tribute: Celebrating Sparrow

2016 In Tribute / 2016 Play On / Read More
60 years ago, his classic song “Jean and Dinah” won the Mighty Sparrow his first Calypso Monarch and Road March titles. We celebrate the anniversary of this milestone through readings,...
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Kurt Allen
Nikki Crosby
Penelope Spencer
Rhoma Spencer
Rikki Jai

Festival Welcome: Celebrating Sparrow

2016 In Tribute / Read More
60 years ago, his classic song “Jean and Dinah” won the Mighty Sparrow his first Calypso Monarch and Road March titles. We celebrate the anniversary of this milestone through readings,...
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Preservation and conservation for beginners 2016

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. Advice on the long-term preservation of treasured books, documents, and other paper-based objects, with the NALIS Library Conservator...
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Danielle Fraser

Is the calypso dream dead?

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
It’s sometimes called T&T’s national artform, but has calypso’s time passed? Does survival mean a return to roots, or reinvention? Calypsonians Kurt Allen and Kizzy Ruiz, scholar Gordon Rohlehr, and producer...
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Gordon Rohlehr
Kenny Philips
Kizzy Ruiz
Kurt Allen
Sunity Maharaj

Wide Sargasso Sea at 50

2016 In Tribute / Read More
It’s a canonical work of “writing back” to literary tradition, and a popular classic tackling hard questions about history and race. Claire Armistead, Sharon Millar, Polly Patullo and Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw...
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Claire Armitstead
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw
Polly Pattullo
Sharon Millar
Shivanee Ramlochan

Wide Sargasso Sea at 50

2016 In Tribute / Read More
It’s a canonical work of “writing back” to literary tradition, and a popular classic tackling hard questions about history and race. Writers and scholars read from and discuss the enduring...
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Thursday Lunchtime Jam

2016 Play On / 2016 Say It Loud / Read More
Featuring some of T&T’s best young spoken word poet and musicians – free and open to all! Bookmark

Literature Alive: Andre Alexis – Memory Places

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2005 / 25 min / Canada/T&T Director: Frances-Anne Solomon We travel with Alexis from his birthplace in Trinidad, to Ottawa where he spent his childhood, and finally to...
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Stand and Deliver: Open Mic

2016 Writers First / Read More
Our open mic for writers of prose and poetry. With featured readings by Anna Levi, author of Madinah Girl; poet and artist Sarah Beckett; 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlistee Lance Dowrich;...
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Anna Levi
Brendon O’Brien
Sarah Beckett

Literature Alive: Ramabai Espinet – Coming Home

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2006 / 47 min / Canada/T&T Director: Frances-Anne Solomon Celebrated Indo-Caribbean author Ramabai Espinet sits down in conversation with playwright and friend Tony Hall. The two reflect on...
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One-on-one with Gillian Slovo

2016 Words Alive / Read More
The South Africa-born writer talks about her career grappling with questions of justice and violence in her novels and memoirs. Bookmark
Gillian Slovo

Tata Mundo

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama/ 1984 / 35 min / Costa Rica Director: Juan Bautista Castro Starring: Fabián Dobles Based on the stories El detalle and Mamita Maura from his book Historias de Tata...
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The landscape of fiction

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. Landscape and place are powerful tools in the writer’s toolbox. Understanding the mechanisms of managing place...
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Sharon Millar

NALIS Library Tour

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
A tour of the historic National Library of Port of Spain, with Debbie Goodman, Corporate Communications. Sign up at the NALIS booth, Library atrium (ground floor), and assemble in the...
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Debbie Goodman

One-on-one with Vahni Capildeo

2016 Words Alive / Read More
The author of the T.S. Eliot Prize–shortlisted Measures of Expatriation traces her devious route through the landscapes of language, in conversation with Anu Lakhan. Bookmark
Anu Lakhan
Vahni Capildeo

A World Apart

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 1988 / 113 min / UK/Zimbabwe Director: Chris Menges Starring: Barbara Hershey, David Suchet, Jeroen Krabbé Gillian Slovo introduces this 1988 dramatic feature based on the lives of...
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Gillian Slovo

A passage to China

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
Hannah Lowe and Paula Madison Williams read from and discuss their family memoirs, tracing ancestral routes from Jamaica back to China; chaired by Tracy Assing. Bookmark
Hannah Lowe
Paula Williams Madison
Tracy Assing

One-on-one with Kamila Shamsie

2016 Words Alive / Read More
The Pakistani-British writer talks to Shivanee Ramlochan about writing across national, cultural, and historical borders. Bookmark
Kamila Shamsie
Shivanee Ramlochan

Finding Samuel Lowe

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2014 / 88 min / Jamaica Director/Screenwriter: Jeanette Kong. Author Paula Madison Williams introduces her documentary tracing her family roots from Jamaica back to China. Bookmark
Paula Williams Madison

Family ties

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Ramabai Espinet, author of The Swinging Bridge, and Garfield Ellis, author of The Angels’ Share, read from their novels exploring the complications of family across generations; chaired by Ibrahim Ahmad....
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Garfield Ellis
Ibrahim Ahmad
Ramabai Espinet

Family ties

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Ramabai Espinet, author of The Swinging Bridge, and Garfield Ellis, author of The Angels’ Share, read from their novels exploring the complications of family across generations. Bookmark
Garfield Ellis
Ramabai Espinet

Tata Mundo

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama/ 1984 / 35 min / Costa Rica Director: Juan Bautista Castro Starring: Fabián Dobles Based on the stories El detalle and Mamita Maura from his book Historias de Tata...
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Como Agua Para Chocolate

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama/Romance / 1992 /113 min / Mexico Rating: R (18 years and over) Director: Alfonso Arau Screenwriter: Laura Esquivel Starring: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné The young Tita is...
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New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Peekash presents: the launch of New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean. Presented in partnership with Peekash. Featuring Karen Lord, Ararimeh Aiyejina, Summer Edward, Kevin Jared Hosein, Brandon...
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Brandon O’Brien
H.K. Williams
Karen Lord
Kevin Jared Hosein
Portia Subran
Summer Edward

Poetry is an Island

2016 Words Alive / Read More
St Lucian John Robert Lee, author of City Remembrances, and Bahamian Sonia Farmer read from their poems about the lives and times of small islands. Bookmark
John Robert Lee
Sonia Farmer

One-on-one with Paul Keens-Douglas

2016 Words Alive / Read More
T&T’s beloved storyteller talks to Miguel Browne about a lifetime of making people laugh while tackling serious concerns. Bookmark
Miguel Browne
Paul Keens-Douglas

The radical fantastic: YA fantasy storycraft

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. What makes a great story great? Why do we read some books in a single night...
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Daniel José Older

16

2016 Words Alive / 2016 Writers First / Read More
A new anthology of Trinidadian short fiction makes its debut. Featuring Ian F. Ali, June Aming, Ty N. Batson, Stephen Brown, Elspeth Duncan, Jeanne Mason, Betty Peter, Carolyn S. Seereeram-Harnanan,...
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Betty Peter
Carolyn S. Seereeram-Harnanan
Colleen Selvon-Rampersad
Elspeth Duncan
Ian F. Ali
Jeanne Mason
Judith Theodore
June Aming
June Aming
Stephen Brown
Ty N. Batson

Taita Boves

2016 CineLit / Read More
Action/Drama / 2010 / 100 min / Venezuela Director/Screenwriter: Luis Alberto Lamata Starring: Juvel Vielma, Daniela Alvarado, Gledys Ibarra José Tomás Boves was a cruel man who became a legend...
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Get a clue

2016 Bloody Friday / Read More
Authors Jacob Ross and Gillian Royes read from and discuss their distinctly Caribbean versions of detective fiction; chaired by Barbara Jenkins. Bookmark
Barbara Jenkins
Gillian Royes
Jacob Ross

Pistols drawn!

2016 Bloody Friday / 2016 Children's Programme / Read More
Run for cover! It’s a Midnight Robber duel, as masters of the traditional Carnival masquerade trade their spine-tingling robber talk. With Sterling Kent, a.k.a Gamma Ghost, and Damian Whiskey, 2016...
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Damian Whiskey
Sterling Kent aka Gamma Ghost

Friday lunchtime jam

2016 Play On / 2016 Say It Loud / Read More
Featuring some of T&T’s best young spoken word poet and musicians – free and open to all! Bookmark

Stories of Home

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Olive Senior, author of The Pain Tree, and Anton Nimblett, author of Sections of an Orange, discuss writing fictions of past homelands from the vantage point of a new country;...
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Anton Nimblett
Evelyn O’Callaghan
Olive Senior

When writers become politicians

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
What happens when literary authors enter the political fray? The lives and times of Phyllis Shand Allfrey, Martin Carter, and Aimé Césaire, as told by Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Gemma Robinson, and...
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Barbara Lalla
Gemma Robinson
Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert
Michael Dash

Beware the Bookman!

2016 Bloody Friday / Read More
What are the wages of sin? The wandering Bookman, Sylvan Joseph, with his book of the damned will tell you how the bill gets settled Bookmark
Sylvan Joseph

Crafts of fiction masterclass #1 with Marlon James

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. A special two-part masterclass with the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, looking beyond basic...
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Marlon James

NALIS Library Tour

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 Tour / Read More
Tour of the historic National Library of Port of Spain, led by Debbie Goodman, Manager, Corporate Communications. Assemble in the Library Rotunda. Bookmark
Debbie Goodman

El Poeta del Arrabal

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 2006 / 27 min / Panama Director: Austreberta Torres de Navarro The Panamanian poet Demetrio Korsi was known as “el poeta del Arrabal” after his birthplace. Korsi represents...
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Taking flight

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Hannah Lowe, author of Chan, and Karen McCarthy Woolf, author of A Small Aviary of Birds, read their poems winging through family history and the shape-shifting journeys of art; chaired...
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Gemma Robinson
Hannah Lowe
Karen McCarthy Woolf

The Terror and the Time

2016 CineLit / Read More
Documentary / 1977 / 70 min / Guyana Director: Rupert Roopnaraine This lyrical documentary tells the history of colonialism in British Guyana during the 1950s through the poems of Martin...
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When history meets fiction

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
Gerard Besson, author of the novel Roume: A Memoir, and Desha Osborne, editor of Horatio Nelson Huggins’s epic poem Hiroona, discuss literature’s ability to bring history to life; chaired by...
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Bridget Brereton
Désha A. Osborne
Gerard Besson

One-on-one With Dionne Brand

2016 Words Alive / Read More
The Trinidad-born former Poet Laureate of Toronto talks to Shivanee Ramlochan about her life in literature across genres, from poetry to fiction to memoir. Bookmark
Dionne Brand
Shivanee Ramlochan

Black Orpheus

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama/Romance / 1959 / 100 min / Brazil/France/Italy Director: Marcel Camus Screenwriters: Marcel Camus, Jacques Viot Starring: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira Black Orpheus brings the ancient Greek...
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Sean Samad

CODE’s Burt Award 2016 announcement ceremony

2016 Awards / Read More
The winners of the third annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature — recognising books written for young adult readers — are announced. By invitation only. The Burt Award is sponsored...
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Pedro Páramo

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 1967 / 110 min / Mexico Director: Carlos Velo Screenwriters: Carlos Fuentes, Carlos Velo, Manuel Barbachano Ponce Starring: John Gavin, Ignacio López Tarso, Pilar Pellicer A highly symbolic...
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Where there’s a Will

2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / 2016 Words Alive / Read More
Make way for Mr. Shakespeare… In Shakespeare’s quatercentenary year, T&T’s writers and musicians bring us news from one of the English language’s greatest writers. With an extempo duel between Gypsy...
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Andre Bagoo
Ariana Herbert
Arielle John
Brendon O’Brien
Colin Robinson
Lisa Allen-Agostini
Rhoda Bharath
Sharon Millar
Winston “Gypsy” Peters

Welcome to the 21st Century: the frontiers of human rights in Trinidad and Tobago

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
As our society evolves, are our laws and judicial systems keeping up? Who’s leading the way in current debates on human rights, and who’s lagging behind? Attorney Lynette Seebaran-Suite, activist...
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Elizabeth Solomon
Julian Rogers
Lynette Seebaran-Suite
Nazma Muller

Brave new worlds

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Karen Lord and Daniel José Older read from their books and explain why speculative fiction is more politically relevant than ever; chaired by Lisa Allen-Agostini. Bookmark
Daniel José Older
Karen Lord
Lisa Allen-Agostini

Writing critically

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. The literary editor of the UK Guardian leads a high-level seminar on book reviewing, covering the...
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Claire Armitstead

On poetic ground

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Reginald Dwayne Betts, author of Bastards of the Reagan Era, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of Heaven, read their works and discuss the state of contemporary American poetry; chaired by...
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Andre Bagoo
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Bombal: Fuego en la Niebla

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2012 / 81 min / Chile Director: Marcelo Ferrari Rating: 14 years and over Starring: Blanca Lewin, Marcelo Alonso, Alejandro Goic María Luisa Bombal, one of Chile’s most...
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War Chants

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 Play On / Read More
Black Indians, traditional masquerade characters of Trinidad Carnival, are known for their fierce costumes and war-like songs, composed in a secret language known only to initiates. Anderson Patrick and Darlington...
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Anderson Patrick
Darlington Henry
Maria Nunes

CODE’s Burt Award winners’ showcase

2016 Awards / Read More
Three finalists of the CODE’s 2016 Burt Award read from and discuss their work with Alscess Lewis-Brown. Bookmark
Alscess Lewis-Brown

Aching to Be

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
Andrew J. Fitt discusses his memoir, Aching to Be, about life with cerebral palsy with Nickolai Salcedo. Bookmark
Andrew Fitt
Nickolai Salcedo

One-on-one with Pauline Melville

2016 Words Alive / Read More
The Guyana-born author reveals how history and Amerindian myth inform her compelling fictions, in conversation with Vanda Radzic. Bookmark
Pauline Melville
Vanda Radzik

Poetry across borders

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. A “translingual” workshop crossing language boundaries, including elements of translation, improvisation, and writing poems across many...
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Vivek Narayanan

One-on-one with Marlon James

2016 Words Alive / Read More
The 2015 Man Booker Prize winner discusses the power of stories, the pitfalls of fame, and the motivations of music. Bookmark
Marlon James

The most important readers of all: why children’s publishing matters

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
The future of publishing, and literature itself, depends on creating a new generation of readers. Marsha Gomes-McKie, Julie Morton, and Summer Edward discuss key issues in Caribbean children’s publishing; chaired by...
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Julie Morton
Marsha Gomes-McKie
Ramabai Espinet
Summer Edward

Far from home

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Jacqueline Bishop and Tishani Doshi read from their restless, far-ranging poems; chaired by Rose-Ann Walker. Bookmark
Jacqueline Bishop
Tishani Doshi

Wilson harris at 95: the writer as magician

2016 In Tribute / Read More
In the year of his 95th birthday, Pauline Melville, Riyad Insanally, and Vanda Radzik read from his spellbinding prose, while Gordon Rohlehr, Kenneth Ramchand, Jeremy Poynting, and Gemma Robinson discuss...
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Gemma Robinson
Gordon Rohlehr
Jeremy Poynting
Ken Ramchand
Pauline Melville

Writers’ Union presents

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Feature speaker Michelene Adams discusses the intersections of creative writing and literary scholarship, followed by readings from Writers’ Union members. Bookmark
Michelene Adams

The return of Victor Questel

2016 Words Alive / Read More
More than three decades after his death, the poems of Victor Questel — a major creative voice in 1970s T&T — are finally brought to print. Publisher Jeremy Poynting, scholar...
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Earl Lovelace
Gordon Rohlehr
Jeremy Poynting
John Robert Lee
Vahni Capildeo

Remembering the Merikins: Short Documentary

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 CineLit / Read More
200 years ago, the Merikins — free black settlers from the United States — arrived in Trinidad, establishing close-knit communities that survive to this day. This special programme of events...
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Remembering the Merikins: Land and freedom

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 Play On / Read More
200 years ago, the Merikins — free black settlers from the United States — arrived in Trinidad, establishing close-knit communities that survive to this day. This special programme of events...
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Florentino y el Diablo

2016 CineLit / Read More
Drama / 2000 / 90 min / Venezuela Director / Screenwriter: Michael New Starring: Pastor González, José Mantilla, José Torres Florentino, a young balladeer and horseman, faces the devil in...
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Remembering the Merikins: River of Freedom

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 Play On / Read More
200 years ago, the Merikins — free black settlers from the United States — arrived in Trinidad, establishing close-knit communities that survive to this day. This special programme of events...
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Neruda

2016 CineLit / Read More
Docu-Drama / 2014 / 100 min /Chile Director/Screenwriter: Manuel Basoalto Starring: José Secall, Paulina Harrington, Max Corvalán Pablo Neruda’s speech I accuse against President Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, made the Nobel...
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2016 OCM Bocas Prize and Bocas Henry Swanzy Award announcement ceremony

2016 Awards / Read More
Our centerpiece awards ceremony honours the best books of Caribbean poetry, fiction, and non-fiction of the past year, and we present a lifetime achievement award to Peepal Tree Press founder...
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Jeremy Poynting

Resisting Paradise

2016 Big Ideas / Read More
Angelique Nixon talks to Attillah Springer about her study of Caribbean tourism, and how artists and activists suggest other paths for social development. Bookmark
Angelique V. Nixon
Attillah Springer

Shakespeare and me

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / Read More
Four writers discuss the Shakespeare plays, characters, and lines that have influenced them. With Vahni Capildeo, Martin Daly, Marlon James, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Chaired by Funso Aiyejina. Bookmark
Marlon James
Martin Daly
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Vahni Capildeo

Historias de Cronopios y de Famas

2016 CineLit / Read More
Animation / 2013 / 86 min / Argentina Director/Screenwriter: Julio Ludueña Starring: Stella Maris Closas, Cristina Tejedor, Aldo Pastur In this adaptation of Julio Cortázar’s work, fantastic tales are brought...
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Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets

2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / 2016 Words Alive / Read More
Writer Nell Leyshon reads from her story in a new anthology celebrating the legacies of Shakespeare and Cervantes, and discusses why their classic works have weathered the centuries and still...
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Carolina Arrieta Castillo
David Codling
Nell Leyshon

Peepal Tree Press at 30

2016 Big Ideas / 2016 In Tribute / Read More
How did Peepal Tree Press become the leading publisher of Caribbean writing? Founder and 2016 Bocas Swanzy Awardee Jeremy Poynting and his colleagues Hannah Bannister and Jacob Ross talk to...
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Jacob Ross
Jeremy Poynting

Lost in La Mancha

2016 CineLit / 2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / Read More
Documentary / 2002 / 93 min / UK/USA Rating: R Directors/Screenwriters: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe Includes: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges Lost In La Mancha offers a unique,...
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14 Lines or less: a Shakespearean open mic

2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / Read More
Calling all bards! Read your sonnet-length adaptations of Shakespearean stories and themes, and compete for the approval of judges elisha efua bartels and Giselle Rampaul. Plus a guest performance by...
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Sunday Launch

2016 Words Alive / Read More
Books by three Trinidadian authors make their debut. Featuring: The Repenters, by Kevin Jared Hosein You Have You Father Hard Head, by Colin Robinson The Colour of Shadows, by Judy...
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Colin Robinson
Judy Raymond
Kevin Jared Hosein

Sunday Lime

2016 Children's Programme / 2016 Play On / 2016 Say It Loud / Read More
Storytellers Nasoma and Paul Keens-Douglas liven up your Sunday afternoon, plus Wendell Manwarren as Don Quixote and Michael Cherrie as Sancho Panza. Bookmark
Glenda-Rose Nassoma Layne
Michael Cherrie
Paul Keens-Douglas
Wendell Manwarren

Crafts of fiction masterclass #2, with Marlon James

2016 Workshops / Read More
This workshop is now full. Fill in the registration form below to join the waiting list. The second session in the two-part masterclass with the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize, looking...
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Marlon James

The Jewelled Deer: Exploring the Ramayana

2016 Play On / 2016 Words Alive / Read More
Ascribed to the “first poet” Valmiki, the Ramayana is one of the epic works of world literature, and has been translated into numerous languages over the centuries. Vivek Narayanan presents...
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Geeta Ramsingh
Vivek Narayanan

Celebrating the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize winners

2016 Awards / Read More
Readings from the winners of the 2016 prize, introduced by Marjorie Thorpe, vice-chair of the prize judges. Bookmark
Jacqueline Bishop
Marjorie Thorpe
Olive Senior
Tiphanie Yanique

El Caballero Don Quixote

2016 CineLit / 2016 Shakespeare + Cervantes / Read More
Adventure / 2002 / 122 min / Spain Director/Screenwriter: Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Starring: Juan Luis Galiardo, Carlos Iglesias, José Luis Torrijo Based on the second half of Miguel de Cervantes’...
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National Poetry Slam Finals

2016 Say It Loud / Read More
The hotly contested First Citizens National Poetry Slam brings the festival to an exhilarating close. Tickets required. Sponsored by First Citizens. Bookmark

Click here to download a PDF version of the 2016 festival programme.