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Be a part of our 2021 Extempo Debate

We want to hear from you – come be a part of our 2021 Extempo Debate! Like last year, we’re entirely virtual and would love to include your topics for master calypsonians Black Sage and Brian London to debate, in inimitable Extempo style! Send in a prompt / topic by email,  and be included in our pre-recorded

Calling all Caribbean writers: Register now for our 2021 Stand & Deliver

Calling Caribbean writers of all genres! Showcase your work to an international audience at an NGC Bocas Lit Fest favourite: our virtual Stand and Deliver, where writers of all kinds and levels of experience can share their work with others in an open forum. It’s where some of our now successful writers started. You can

Wilson Harris at 100

Celebrating Wilson Harris at 100

It’s the 100th birthday of writer Wilson Harris! Born in New Amsterdam, in what was then British Guiana, on 24 March, 1921, Wilson Harris is considered one of the most original writers of the twentieth century, for his fiction, essays, and poems exploring human history, metaphysics, and the natural world, in an inimitable style dense

The 2021 Johnson & Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize Shortlist

Akhim Alexis, Jay T. John and Desiree Seebaran, all from Trinidad and Tobago, will now compete for the 2021 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize (JAACWP).  The valuable award will enable one of them to advance their ambition as a poet.   This is the region’s only prize for emerging writers, and this year’s winner

Register now: “How to argue your point” with Mark Lyndersay

First up in our “How To” series this year is “How to Argue your Point” with writer, editor and photographer Mark Lyndersay. This is an interactive 2-part seminar that covers the fundamentals of good opinion writing, from newspaper columns to letters and blogs. The perfect workshop for columnists, bloggers and writers, with one-on-one feedback included.

The 2021 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award Recipients

The 2021 recipients of the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters. are Jamaicans Edward Baugh and Mervyn Morris — both professors emeriti of the University of the West Indies. Baugh and Morris are widely considered pioneers of the study of West Indian literature, over careers that each span half a century.


The 2021 longlist for the region’s only prize for emerging writers, the Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize (JAAWP) has been announced by the Bocas Lit Fest. Of the ten writers longlisted for the third and last edition of the Johnson and Amoy Achong Prize, eight are from Trinidad and Tobago. This unique award

This Hill Alive: A Carnival Wrap-up

It may be the eeriest reign of the Merry Monarch in recent memory as Carnival 2021 in Trinidad and Tobago winds down, but certainly not the most transient. In the land where ‘the road made to walk on Carnival day’, the question of “to be or not to be” has simply been unfathomable – Carnival

Save the Date: 23 – 25 April

Mark your calendars and tell your friends – the NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2021 is right around the corner! We return to our early-year spot with another virtual festival programme that will leave you hugging your bookshelves and your screens. We’ll be broadcasting the festival via our website, Youtube and Facebook pages from 23-25 April,

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Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with Us!

Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora will celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. This is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in 2020 by the organisers of the St. Martin Book Fair, who urge us to “Celebrate the day by reading the works of

Updated Eligibility Guidelines! 2021 BLF Children’s Book Prize

The Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize is still open for entries until 30 July 2021, and we have made some small adjustments to our guidelines to allow us to capture a wider range of children’s books from Caribbean writers! Here are the revised eligibility guidelines for the inaugural Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize: Works of fiction

Register now to audition for the FCNPS 2021

Come audition for the First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2021. This year we celebrate the resilience of poetry in a fully virtual slam! Book your spot and audition via Zoom before a panel of live judges. Progress to the televised Semi Finals and Grand Final. The stage awaits you. Audition Dates:  Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th

Call for writers: Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with us!

We’re celebrating Caribbean Literature Day with another edition of our popular virtual open mic series – Stand & Deliver! Open to Caribbean writers and performers at home and the diaspora, writers of all kinds and levels of experience can share their work with our audience at our 2021 Caribbean Literature Day celebrations on 12 July. Be a

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