More Than A Literary Festival

Year: 2023

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Empowering Youth Through Literature

Bocas Lit Fest WE LIT! gears up for its second year The WE LIT! Project, sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust, is gearing up for an eagerly anticipated second year. Administered by the Bocas Lit Fest, this annual programme is gaining momentum as it champions the transformative influence of English language and literature. Targeted

NGC Bocas Youth Fest 2023 At UWI

The 3rd NGC Bocas Youth Fest, first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, returns with a two-day programme on the 20th and 21st of October 2023 at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, UWI.  The festival was founded in 2021 with the aim to make literature relevant, appealing and accessible to young people

Youth essay competition celebrates Selvon centenary

A new essay-writing competition for young authors aged 12 to 18, opening for submissions this week, aims to celebrate the centenary of iconic T&T writer Sam Selvon and simultaneously raise awareness of the Global Climate Change Alliance+ goals, while giving budding authors the chance to share their work. The GCCA+ Bocas Ways of Sunlight Youth

Sign up for author Kevin Jared Hosein’s fiction-writing workshop!

Kevin Jared Hosein, internationally celebrated author of the novel Hungry Ghosts, will lead a fiction-writing workshop hosted by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, now open for registration. Titled “A Novel Is a World”, the online session will give budding writers the opportunity to learn the intricate art of building rich literary universes that captivate readers.

Bocas Children’s Book Prize Open for Submissions

Registration is open for entries for The 2023 Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize. Now in its third consecutive year, The Bocas Children’s Book Prize is open to Caribbean-born authors of English-language books, including self-published writers, living anywhere in the world. Eagerly anticipated, the prestigious prize beckons aspiring writers to captivate the imagination of children

Scotiabank Write Away! empowers students for world of work

(left to right) Dr Keith Nurse, President of COSTAATT; Ms Clarinda Jack, Dean, Ken Gordon School of Communication, Creative and Digital Media; Jean-Claude Cournand, CEO of the Bocas Lit Fest; Stefan Lalonde, Director on the Board of the Scotiabank Foundation; Anna Singh, CEO (Ag.), Ministry of Education; Melvina Hazard, Children’s Programme Manager, Bocas Lit Fest;

President hosts children for “storytime”

Her Excellency Christine C. Kangaloo, President of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, read an excerpt from one of her favourite children’s stories at the inaugural “Children’s Storytime at President’s House” event on Wednesday 5 July, hosted by the Office of The President in collaboration with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. The pilot session, attended

Kyle Hernandez Orchestrates Poetry Slam win

Kyle Hernandez is the 2023 First Citizens National Poetry Slam winner. The popular spoken word championship — with a top prize of TT$50,000, sponsored by First Citizens — took place before a sold-out audience at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain on Sunday 30 April, 2023.  Slam lovers were treated to a high-energy

T&T’s Ayanna Lloyd Banwo wins OCM Bocas Prize

For the second time in a row, a debut writer from Trinidad and Tobago has won the award for outstanding Caribbean book of the past year. When We Were Birds, the first novel by T&T’s Ayanna Lloyd Banwo, is the winner of the overall 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, which comes with a

NGC Bocas Lit Fest explores life-writing

Life writing — in books ranging from memoirs to family histories — is set to be a major focus at this year’s NGC Bocas Lit Fest, with readings and discussions featuring a fascinating lineup of T&T authors. A rapidly growing, popular genre with locally based writers, life writing records real-life personal and community stories. A

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