After a three-year break due to COVID-19, the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan is back in full force and in the flesh, with the beloved Dragonzilla mascot and professional storytellers who will entertain and inspire the nation’s children at ten locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
The Storytelling Caravan starts its month-long journey of fun and creativity on Saturday 1 April, 2023, and concludes on Saturday 29 April at the annual festival.
The Caravan exemplifies the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC)’s and the Bocas Lit Fest’s dedication to ensuring and inspiring the development of a new generation of readers and writers. Moreso, it seeks to empower children by envisioning themselves as published writers.
During these FREE sessions, professional storytellers tell their own tales, then encourage the children to craft a new story based on a suggested title, unleashing and guiding their creativity and inspiring them to value self-expression through the written word in a story writing workshop.
The contributions made by the children in each group are recorded and then edited and published in a colourful book, with all the participating children listed as authors.
Myles Lewis, Head Corporate Social Responsibility at NGC, reiterated NGC’s ongoing support for fostering a love for literature. “NGC is committed to the cause of sustainability, and literature plays a central role in sustaining the cultural heritage of communities and societies, and by extension our identity. The Children’s Storytelling Caravan ensures that we create that spark for our next generation of writers. NGC is proud to be title sponsor of the Bocas Lit Fest and Children’s Caravan, and we hope that our efforts continue to unearth the next generation of great Caribbean writers.”
Here is the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan schedule, along with with the story topics the children will write:
Sat April 1: Scarborough Children’s Library, Tobago: “Friends of The Forest Reserve
Sat April 1: Arima Public Library: “The Arima Dial Goes Out of Time”
Sat April 1: Lopinot Community Centre: “The Ghost Who Loved Chocolates”
Sat April 8: Rio Claro Public Library: “Drazonzilla & The Macocious Macaw”
Sat April 8: Mayaro Resource Centre: “The Road That Disappeared”
Sat April 15: Couva Public Library: “My New Friend From Venezuela”
Sat April 15: Divali Nagar Site, Chaguanas: “Granny and I Go Back in Time”
Sat April 22: Matura Government Primary School: “When The Video Game Came To Life”
Sat April 22: Toco Secondary School: “Locked in the Lighthouse”
Sat April 29: Port of Spain: “The Magical Library”
Space in each Caravan event is limited to 30 children. Parents are encouraged to register their children for the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan nearest to them at https://www.bocaslitfest.com/children/storytelling-caravan/
The 2023 NGC Bocas Lit Fest runs from 28 to 30 April.
The National Gas Company is title sponsor of the festival; OCM, First Citizens, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, NLCB, and the British Council are main sponsors; Massy Foundation and UWI are sponsors.