Bocas Lit Fest

Event Synopsis

Save the date and book your tickets as the Bocas Lit Fest goes to the United Kingdom for the Bocas UK Tour 2022!

Date: Wednesday 26 October | 6 pm
Event: A conversation with Celeste Mohammed and Amanda Smyth | Bocas UK Tour 2022 in Leicester
Venue: Leicester Central Library, Bishop Street

Celeste Mohammed, winner of the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, joins Peepal Tree Press author and fellow Trinidadian writer Amanda Smyth for a conversation about contemporary writing from Trinidad and Tobago

In partnership with Jacaranda Books


Date: Thursday 27 October
Event: An evening of new Caribbean writing | Bocas UK Tour 2022 in Norwich
Venue: National Centre for Writing, Dragon Hall

Featuring Celeste Mohammed, Canisia Lubrin, Barbara Jenkins, Karen Lord, and Celia Sorhaindo

A literary showcase featuring five of the Caribbean’s most exciting contemporary voices. With Celeste Mohammed, Canisia Lubrin, Barbara Jenkins, Karen Lord, and Celia Sorhaindo. Chaired by Nicholas Laughlin, Bocas Lit Fest Festival Director. Presented in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, Norwich.

Writing across genres from novels to short stories, memoirs to poetry, these five writers from four Caribbean countries represent a diversity of voices, ideas, and linguistic backgrounds. The Caribbean they explore in their books may be partly familiar and partly strange, and their stories and themes tackle universal questions: family and history, identity and love, boundary crossings of all kinds, and the purpose of writing itself.

Join us for a lively evening of stories, poetry, ideas, conversation — and food!

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Note: Only accessible to an in-person audience.


Date: Saturday 29 October | 10.30 am – 8.30 pm
Event: Bocas UK Tour 2022 at the British Library
Venue: British Library, 96 Euston Road, London

One day, two dozen writers from across the Caribbean! Fiction, poetry and memoir, readings, and conversation, plus a musical excerpt from The Playboy of the West Indies and a lively London Literary Lime to end the day, co-hosted by Renaissance One.

Session 1 – Ways In The World | 11.00 – 12.00

Session 2 – The Trouble With History | 12.30 – 13.30

Session 3 – An Island Is A World | 14.00 – 15.00

Session 4 – Don’t Call It Magic | 15.30 – 16.30

Session 5 – Mothers, Fathers, Daughters, Sons | 17.00 – 18.00.

Session 6 – Beyond Every Boundary | 18.30 – 19.45

Session 7 – The Playboy of the West Indies | 20.00 – 20.30

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Date: Monday 31 October
Event: Bocas UK Tour 2022 in Leeds
Venue: University of Leeds Poetry Centre

Jason Allen-Paisant, winner the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Poetry, joins Shivanee Ramlochan, Malaika Booker and Adam Lowe in conversation with Emily Zobel-Marshall

Date: Thursday 3 November | 6 pm
Event: Bocas UK Tour 2022 at the Belfast International Arts Festival
Venue: No Alibis Bookstore, 83 Botanic Avenue

Prize-winning fiction writers Celeste Mohammed and Jacob Ross at the Belfast International Arts Belfast explore the complexities of the contemporary Caribbean.

Co-hosted by the John Hewitt Society

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Malika Booker
Grenada, Guyana, UK
Celia A. Sorhaindo
Dominica, UK
Canisia Lubrin
St. Lucia
Celeste Mohammed
Trinidad & Tobago
Jacob Ross
Grenada, UK
Barbara Jenkins
Trinidad & Tobago
Shivanee Ramlochan
Trinidad & Tobago
Karen Lord
Bocas Lit Fest


Bocas Lit Fest


Oct 26 2022 - Nov 03 2022


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