Essential information about the 2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest!

The foldout Festival programme gives full details of all events, venues, dates, and times. Download the programme here.

Except where otherwise indicated, daytime events take place in the National Library and Old Fire Station on Abercromby Street and Hart Street, and are free of charge. Evening events take place at venues around the city.

Getting to the Festival and Parking

From Wednesday 26 April to Friday 28 April, there is free, secure parking available at the Queen’s Park Savannah (Grand Stand area) from 8am to 6pm, and a free shuttle service from the Savannah to Abercromby Street (outside the Library).

The first shuttle leaves the Savannah parking area at 8.30am, with the last departure to the library at 3.30pm. The last return trip from the library to the Savannah is 5.30pm.

Download the shuttle schedule here.

There are paid parking facilities nearby which open until 6pm on weekdays (e.g.The Parcade on Edward & Queen Streets). Street parking is easily available on Saturday and Sunday in Port of Spain.


Listen to live audio streaming of all events in the Old Fire Station at http://mixlr.com/bocaslitfest/

The Bocas Book Nook

Bring your book and join in! A special festival bookshelf for literature lovers of all genres. There are two rules: 1. Bring one AND take one, and 2. Give as good as you’d like to get. Find it on the ground floor of the National Library.

Readings and panels

Readings with Q&As and panel discussions take place in the Old Fire Station and the AV Room on the lower ground floor of the National Library.

Book signings

Authors will sign copies of their books at designated tables after readings, talks, and discussions.


Books by participating authors and others are on sale from official booksellers — Paper Based Bookshop, Metropolitan Book Suppliers, RIK Services Ltd, Nigel R. Khan Booksellers, and Robert & Christopher Publishers — on the ground floor of the Library.


All workshops take place in the 1st and 2nd Floor Seminar Rooms of the National Library.


Screenings are free in the AV Room on the lower ground floor of the National Library.

Open mic

Stand and Deliver is our main platform for writers — of poetry or prose — who want to read their work for peers and the festival audience. Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April, 12 noon to 1.30 pm. Sign up ahead of time at Festival info desk.

NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest

Children’s events take place at City Hall on Wednesday 26 April, and in the Children’s Library on the ground floor Thursday to Sunday.

Sales Booths

In addition to bookseller booths, Stetchers/Cross Pens and The Paper Studio Eco Design have sales booths, and a NALIS booth will offer information on library membership and act as the meeting point for free library tours.

Eating and drinking

Beverages, sandwiches, and pastries are available from Rituals on the ground floor of the library and full meal service is available on the ground floor of Old Fire Station (entry through patio area).

T-shirts and bags

2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest t-shirts and bags are on sale at the Festival info desk on the ground floor of the National Library.


Tweeting, blogging or posting photos from the Festival online? Our 2017 hashtag is #bocas2017.


We want your feedback! Please leave completed forms in the feedback box at the Festival Reception desk, or email your feedback to us at info@bocaslitfest.com.

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Festival Event Categories

  • Words Alive
    The best of contemporary poetry and fiction, from an exciting lineup of Caribbean and international authors
  • Big Ideas
    Debate the questions of the day or of the ages with our panels of writers and thinkers, and join intimate salon conversations
  • Say It Loud
    The spoken word renaissance
  • Writers First
    Meet the next generation of Caribbean writers as they launch their literary careers
  • Workshops
    Learn from the best, and hone your literary skills
  • Awards
    The books and writers of the year, via the Bocas Lit Fest’s four annual award programmes
  • CineLit
    Literature brought to life on screen though our Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival
  • In Tribute
    Honouring our literary heritage and our great writers, past and present
  • NALIS Presents
    Special events and activities from our partners at NALIS