Bocas Lit Fest

Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with us!

Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora will celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. This is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in 2020 by the organisers of the St. Martin Book Fair, who urge us to “Celebrate the day by reading the works of your favourite Caribbean authors; buying Caribbean books, published in the Caribbean and beyond, and by Caribbean authors; and presenting Caribbean books as gifts. Celebrate the day with books, recitals, and with discussions about books, of poetry, fiction, drama, art, music, and all the other genres by Caribbean writers.”

Here in Trinidad and Tobago, we’ll mark Caribbean Literature Day with a series of online events, accessible to all. These include the latest instalments of the popular Stand and Deliver virtual open mic, where writers at all levels can share their work; the premiere of a new Pavement Poets video, featuring talented young spoken word performers; and a special edition of the interactive BYOBB (Bring Your Own Book and Bottle) series, where readers can join in a wide-ranging and informal conversation via Zoom.

Catch our programming via our YouTube and Facebook platforms!

Caribbean Literature Day Events 2021

July 12, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Caribbean writers of all genres “stand and deliver” their new work at our lunchtime jam, to start our Caribbean Literature Day celebrations! Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. 2021 is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in 2020 …

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July 12, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2021 Schedule

We celebrate the second annual Caribbean Literature Day with the premiere of a special edition Pavement Poets video, featuring talented young spoken word performers! Spoken word performers Shimiah Lewis, Mishael Henry and Seth Sylvester, winner of the 2016 First Citizens National Poetry Slam, will deliver commissioned pieces in line with the messages from regional health authorities …

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July 12, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2021 Schedule

A BYOBB & 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us FB Live Chat, featuring authors Philip Nanton & Shara McCallum with Caribbean readers and book enthusiasts. Felene Cayetano, poet and founding member of the Belizean Writers Guild, and Paula David, Jamaica-born, St Vincent-based member of the Caribbean Book Club, avid reader and history enthusiast, will join …

Caribbean Literature Day: Let’s Talk Caribbean! Read More »

July 12, 2021
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

2021 Schedule

Caribbean writers of all genres “stand and deliver” their new work at a sundown special to close the second annual Caribbean Literature Day. Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. 2021 is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in …

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