Celebrating 10 Years

We're celebrating this milestone with events all year round! Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain.
A decade is a long time, but it’s said that time flies when you are having fun.   Some of it was, indeed, great fun and a lot of it was sheer hard work.  The Bocas Lit Fest is a small team of dedicated people who love what they do and together we have been on a whirlwind journey.  We always knew the direction we wanted to take but various unimaginable routes opened up as we went along.  I am reminded of the much loved Spanish poem by Antonio Machado:  Caminante, No Hay Camino, which says, literally, that there is no path, we make a path as we walk.  Only when we look back we see where we’ve been and where we will never again have to tread. 
 
The Bocas Lit Fest adventure continues, as the road is long and we can see the many opportunities for further developing our literature and our literary talent. Big thanks to all the Bocas Lit Fest team and those who accompanied us on the exciting last 10 years – readers, writers, partners, believers, sponsors, all those who gave their time freely and continue to, and those who garner corporate funds  to make the work of the Bocas Lit Fest possible.  I am looking forward to the next 10 years of all of us, together, making deeper inroads and building on the incredible last decade.
Marina Salandy-Brown, Founder and Director.
Day 1
26 Feb 2020

BYOBB: Bring Your Own Book & Bottle (February)

A regular TWC calendar feature, this event aims to connect readers of all genres in a relaxed environment. It's about building community around books and book conversation, and creating a kind of in-person extension of our virtual Book Network. The format is simple: You bring a book you’re currently reading/have read and share excerpts from it, reading aloud. We then open the floor to your fellow book-lovers.
Day 2
07 Mar 2020

Family Reading Circle (March)

The Family Reading Circle is a read-aloud experience that brings books alive for children 7 and under through vibrant, dramatised readings.
Day 3
14 Mar 2020

Workshop: Songwriting – How Lyrics and Narrative Meet the Music Part 1

Singer, songwriter and musician, Ruth Osman takes participants on a 2-part guided journey through songwriting. Work on your own personal project and get feedback by the end of the sessions.
Ruth Osman
Day 4
21 Mar 2020

Workshop: Songwriting – How Lyrics and Narrative Meet the Music Part 2

Singer, songwriter and musician, Ruth Osman takes participants on a 2-part guided journey through songwriting. Work on your own personal project and get feedback by the end of the sessions.
Ruth Osman

ALTA’s Readings Under The Trees

The now annual ALTA anniversary picnic-style event, with readers assigned to one of three or four trees in the area near the nursery. These readings will connect new readers with the world of local literature and poetry, and also connect writers and the general public with those who are new to written words. An informal setting and seating is mostly on the ground.
Day 5
22 Mar 2020

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi Final #1

The First Citizens National Poetry Slam is T&T’s national spoken word competition, sponsored by First Citizens in collaboration with the Bocas Lit Fest and The 2 Cents Movement. In the first Semi-Final, FCNPS presents IERE.
Day 6
25 Mar 2020

BYOBB: Bring Your Own Book and Bottle to UWI Campus Lit Week

Our regular BYOBB goes to UWI Campus Literature Week! BYOBB – Bring Your Own Book & Bottle.
Day 7
26 Mar 2020

Seminar: How to Read Your writing for an audience

We commit to developing our written skills but often are underprepared for reading opportunities at open-mics, interviews, festivals and public events. This interactive seminar covers the basics, including posture, breathing, pacing and rhythm, delivery of direct speech, tone, vocal dynamics and editing your own work for various settings. Be ready to reference Caribbean excerpts and practice using excerpts of your own work. Pre-registration required. Free.
Elisha Efua Bartels
Day 8
28 Mar 2020

Writers Lab: Non-fiction

Open exclusively to past and current workshop attendees of The Writers Centre looking for feedback on current non-fiction writing projects. Pay what you can! Suggested contribution of $100.00.

Seminar: How to Read Your writing for an audience

We commit to developing our written skills but often are underprepared for reading opportunities at open-mics, interviews, festivals and public events. This interactive seminar covers the basics, including posture, breathing, pacing and rhythm, delivery of direct speech, tone, vocal dynamics and editing your own work for various settings.
Elisha Efua Bartels
Day 9
29 Mar 2020

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi Final #2

The First Citizens National Poetry Slam is T&T’s national spoken word competition, sponsored by First Citizens in collaboration with the Bocas Lit Fest and The 2 Cents Movement. In the second Semi-Final, the FCNPS presents BANWARI.
Day 10
04 Apr 2020

Family Reading Circle (April)

The Family Reading Circle is a read-aloud experience that brings books alive for children 7 and under through vibrant, dramatised readings.
Day 11
18 Apr 2020

Paper Based Bookshop’s Tea & Readings

A pre-festival celebration of past OCM Bocas Prize winners marking 10 years of the prize, in collaboration with Paper Based bookshop. Contact paperbasedbookshop@gmail.com to reserve your ticket.
Day 12
29 Apr 2020

Beyond the First Draft: Literary Craft Studio #2

The second session in a series of literary craft studios with prize-winning writer, lecturer and editor for The Literary Consultancy in London - Monique Roffey. This covers topics including: ‘Scenification’: underwriting/over writing scenes, Types of scenes and why all your scenes shouldn’t be the same, Avoiding the episodic, classic and non classic structure, Themes and ideas/the 'secret centre' of your story, Invisible stitching/systems of metaphor
Monique Roffey