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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,


Carnival has notoriously been an expression of “playing yuhself”, but is this freedom equally available to all of us? Our panel takes a look at the hidden truths behind this narrative, exploring the space that may or may not exist for queerness and (un)masking in our Carnival. CARNIVAL BODIES: AN EXPLORATION OF PERFORMING GENDER &

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Introducing The Write Away! Poetry Series

English Literature students and teachers will soon have access to a digital course that focuses on Caribbean poetry and features local poets and literary experts. All interested schools and teachers can find out more and register to be a part of the Write Away! Poetry Series here. Write Away! (Year Two) will roll out to

“Mangoes” wins the Children’s Book Prize!

When Life Gives You Mangoes, by Jamaican Kereen Getten, has won the first-ever Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize, 2021. Getten, who grew up in Jamaica and now lives in the UK, has previously written short stories for multiple publications including Notts Review and Adhoc Fiction, and was nominated for Best Short Fiction 2018. Her

Limited time offer: 15% off Friends of Bocas annual subscription!

Jumpstart Christmas with a Friends of Bocas Gift Card for your family and friends. You can also treat yourself, as for a limited time only, you can take 15% off the subscription tier of your choice. In the spirit of giving, your gift(s) will also support our important work and literary community. There really is

Call for submissions to a fiction and poetry anthology to be published by Peekash Press

Unstitching silence: Fiction and poetry by Caribbean writers on gender-based violence  Presented by the WHO and the UN as a global public health crisis, gender-based violence (GBV) is particularly pervasive in Anglophone Caribbean countries, which have some of the highest rates of reported rape and femicide in the world. Homophobic and transphobic violence is also

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