Celebrating 10 Years

We're celebrating this milestone with events all year round! Social distancing is in full effect, but literary events continue to bring us together in the virtual world.

So many upcoming events, including our very own #bocas2020, have been postponed, but that’s no reason we can’t celebrate Caribbean reading, writing, and ideas in virtual space.

Whether it’s live readings on multiple social media platforms, podcasts, webinars and e-workshops, virtual conferencing, book launches or more, we’ll be using this platform to curate and share upcoming online events with you. Stay tuned for programming based in Trinidad and Tobago, the region, and abroad, focused on representing and highlighting the work of Caribbean writers, scholars, and thinkers. We hope you’ll tune in frequently, leave comments and encouragements for your favourite writers, and share these events widely: your support of virtual programming in the arts matters greatly, especially now. 

Day 1
30 Mar 2020

Borderlines in Quarantine: Spoken Word Poetry

Borderlines in Quarantine is an indoor writing series by spoken word artistes Derron Sandy and Idrees Saleem
Derron Sandy
Idrees Saleem
Day 2
25 Mar 2020
Day 3
26 Mar 2020

Read2Me: Bedtime readings for children

Read2Me is a new service which provides free narrations of local books for small children and teens for the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Day 4
29 Mar 2020

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Semi Final #2

Postponed. Dates to be confirmed.
Day 5
30 Mar 2020

ALTA’s Readings On The Web

Celebrating ALTA's anniversary with online readings by our favourite local writers and ALTA's emergent readers! All readings are selected to be family-friendly, with lots of exciting local stories for the kids.
Jeunanne Alkins
Lisa Allen-Agostini
Rubadiri Victor
Day 6
02 Apr 2020

Virtual Book Launch: The Mermaid of Black Conch

Inevitably, the live launch event for Monique Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch on 31st March has been postponed, but Peepal Tree Press will be launching The Mermaid of Black Conch regardless...
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Monique Roffey

Virtual Book Launch: Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

Live Q&A between Ingrid Persaud and her editor, Louisa Joyner, to mark the publication of this very special debut. Thursday 2nd April at 7pm UK time. If you would like...
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Ingrid Persaud
Day 7
04 Apr 2020

Family Reading Circle

The Family Reading Circle is a read-aloud experience that brings books alive for children 7 and under through vibrant, dramatised readings. This April session is cancelled, and we'll resume later in the year!
Day 8
14 Apr 2020

Writers Lab: Non-fiction

The Writers Lab is a safe space, virtual or in-person, in which emerging writers workshop their writing one-on-one with an established author. Our next writers lab will focus on non-fiction.
Day 9
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