May 2020 Events

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 and in the media.

From readings and storytelling for all ages to e-workshops and book launches online, stay tuned for our monthly calendar of programming that supports, represents and highlights the work of Caribbean writers, scholars, and thinkers.

Our programme of events for May 2020 includes:

  • The announcement of the winners of the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize and Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize
  • The online launch of three new books at our first online Sunday Launch event
  • Weekly Bios & Bookmarks online sessions with writers from the Caribbean
  • A special celebration of 2020 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award winner Kamau Brathwaite
  • Weekly radio and TV segments featuring writers and children’s storytellers
  • The release of our second online Survival Kit, featuring stories, poems, music and art
  • Our monthly Bring Your Own Book & Bottle (BYOBB) virtual hangout
  • Our first online Writers Lab programme

Day 1
01 May 2020

2020 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize announcement

2020 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize announcement. Introduction by Marina Salandy-Brown; readings by shortlisted writers Amanda Choo Quan, Melissa Doughty and Amílcar Sanatan; announcement of the winner by...
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Amanda Choo Quan
Amílcar Sanatan
Funso Aiyejina
Marina Salandy-Brown
Melissa Doughty
Day 2
02 May 2020

2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature announcement

The 2020 OCM Bocas Prize Announcement goes LIVE at 5.30pm on Saturday 2 May.  Introduction by Marina Salandy-Brown; readings by shortlisted writers Richard Georges, Edwidge Danticat and Tessa McWatt, introduced...
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Barbara Lalla
Bridget Brereton
Earl Lovelace
Edwidge Danticat
Laurence Breiner
Richard Georges
Tessa McWatt
Day 3
03 May 2020

Sunday Launch

Authors introduce and read from their newly published books.
Canisia Lubrin
Funso Aiyejina
Jacob Ross

Pavement Poets

Performances by T&T’s top spoken word poets.
Deneka Thomas
Shineque Saunders
Winston Trotman
Zakiya ‘Griot’ Gill
Day 4
05 May 2020

Readers Wanted: Readings on TTT

A new regular feature on Tuesdays at 7.30am on TTT TV station, featuring local authors reading from their latest books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 
Andre Bagoo
Day 5
06 May 2020

Dragonzilla’s Storytime on TV6

Stories from the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan.
Dragonzilla

The Books That Made Me: Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

A lively talk segment featuring books that have shaped leaders, thinkers, and artists.
Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné
Day 6
07 May 2020

Family Reading Circle

Books read aloud on TV for the whole family to enjoy.
Let’s Read TT
Day 7
10 May 2020

Bios & Bookmarks

A weekly session featuring readings by, and conversations with, popular authors.
Richard Georges
Day 8
11 May 2020

Tribute to Kamau Brathwaite

A video tribute to this icon of Caribbean and world literature.
Kamau Brathwaite
Day 9
12 May 2020

Readers Wanted: Readings on TTT

A new regular feature on Tuesdays at 7.30am on TTT TV station, featuring local authors reading from their latest books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 
Breanne McIvor
Day 10
13 May 2020

Dragonzilla’s Storytime

Stories from the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan.
Avion Crooks
Dragonzilla

The Books That Made Me

A lively talk segment featuring books that have shaped leaders, thinkers, and artists.
Miscellaneous Authors
Day 11
14 May 2020

Family Reading Circle

Books read aloud on TV for the whole family to enjoy.
Let’s Read TT
Day 12
17 May 2020

Bios & Bookmarks: Lauren Francis-Sharma

A weekly session featuring readings by, and conversations with, popular authors.
Lauren Francis-Sharma
Day 13
19 May 2020

Readers Wanted: Readings on TTT

A new regular feature on Tuesdays at 7.30am on TTT TV station, featuring local authors reading from their latest books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 
Desiree Seebaran
Day 14
20 May 2020

Dragonzilla’s Storytime on TV6

Stories from the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan.
Dragonzilla

The Books That Made Me

A lively talk segment featuring books that have shaped leaders, thinkers, and artists.
Monique Roffey
Day 15
21 May 2020

Family Reading Circle

Books read aloud on TV for the whole family to enjoy.
Let’s Read TT
Day 16
24 May 2020

Bios & Bookmarks: Anthony Joseph

A weekly session featuring readings by, and conversations with, popular authors.
Anthony Joseph
Day 17
26 May 2020

Readers Wanted: Readings on TTT

A new regular feature on Tuesdays at 7.30am on TTT TV station, featuring local authors reading from their latest books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 
Miscellaneous Authors
Day 18
27 May 2020

Dragonzilla’s Storytime on TV6

Stories from the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan.
Dragonzilla

The Books That Made Me

A lively talk segment featuring books that have shaped leaders, thinkers, and artists.
Olive Senior

Bring Your Own Book & Bottle (BYOBB) – May Edition

Our monthly virtual hangout where you can share excerpts from your favourite books and discuss what you’re reading.
Miscellaneous Authors
Day 19
28 May 2020

Family Reading Circle

Books read aloud on TV for the whole family to enjoy.
Let’s Read TT

Writers Lab: Caribbean Non-Fiction

Workshop your non-fiction writing with award-winning author, essayist and academic Kevin Browne in a one-on-one online session via Zoom.
Kevin Adonis Browne
Day 20
29 May 2020

Survival Kit #2

Release of our second Survival Kit, an online collection of stories, poems, music and art to inspire you!
Miscellaneous Authors
Day 21
31 May 2020

Bios & Bookmarks: Sonia Farmer

A weekly session featuring readings by, and conversations with, popular authors.
Sonia Farmer