More Than A Literary Festival


Festival Programmes

Making a space for Caribbean stories and voices — here at home and in the world at large — is at the very core of our mission, our ethos, our passion, and our everyday work at the Bocas Lit Fest. It’s what we do at the festival, and it’s why from the beginning we’ve worked so assiduously to seek out and develop new writing talent, and instigate opportunities for our writers.

We are a year-round writing and literary arts development organisation, with numerous initiatives forging links and opportunities between writers, readers, publishers and others.

Sponsored by NGC, the yearly NGC Bocas Lit Fest is Trinidad and Tobago’s premier annual literary festival: a lively celebration of books, writers, writing, and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope.

Featured Events

Awards and prizes

Who will win this year's awards?

The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is an annual award for literary books by Caribbean writers, first presented in 2011. Books are judged in three categories: poetry; fiction and literary non-fiction which demonstrate literary qualities and use literary techniques, regardless of subject matter.

The Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters honours and celebrates the contributions of the editors, broadcasters, publishers, critics, and others who have shaped the evolution of Caribbean literature behind the scenes.

Featured Participants

Canisia Lubrin - Chair Poetry - photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Canisia Lubrin
Canada, St. Lucia
Christina Sharpe
Christina Sharpe
Canada, USA
2022 OCM Bocas Prize Judge
dionne brand 2024
Dionne Brand
Canada, Trinidad & Tobago
Edwidge Danticat
Haiti, USA
geetanjali shree
Geetanjali Shree
H. Nigel Thomas
H. Nigel Thomas
Canada, St. Vincent & The Grenadines
ingrid persaud 2024
Ingrid Persaud
Trinidad & Tobago, UK
Karen Lord
Karen Lord
Rabindranath Maharaj
Canada, Trinidad & Tobago
Safiya Sinclair Official Author Photo - Photo Credit Beowulf Sheehan
Safiya Sinclair
Jamaica, USA

new and noteworthy


The Bocas Book Bulletin

Welcome to the latest installment of the Bocas Book Bulletin, a monthly roundup of Caribbean literary news, curated by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, and published in the Sunday Express.

Youth Projects

The Scotiabank Write Away! Young Adult Literature Project funded by the Scotiabank Foundation continued with this year’s project edition in collaboration with the College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT).  The aim was to equip young writers and communication enthusiasts with the skills needed to succeed in their future careers. 

The Non-Fiction Workshop Series includes Business Writing, Multi-Media Journalism, PR & Marketing, Social Media Communication, Feature Writing, Copywriting, Broadcast News Writing, News Report Writing and Scriptwriting. 

Children's Projects

The festival season starts with a series of storytelling sessions with the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan at venues all around the country from 7 March to 27 April 2024. This year is the 14th children’s festival taking the Caravan to ten locations throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Bocas Storytime is a dedicated home for children’s videos showcasing Caribbean words, stories and ideas, including book read-alouds, local storytelling, author interviews and more — growing new readers in our region with every fun video.

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