Bocas Lit Fest

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Main Festival: 23 – 25 April 2021
Virtual Festival, Trinidad & Tobago

2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Programme

April 23, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:05 pm

2021 Schedule

NGC President Mark Loquan opens the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, commemorating ten years of the company’s title sponsorship of the festival.
April 23, 2021
5:05 pm - 5:30 pm

2021 Schedule

Our signature open mic event returns, in virtual form! Writers share their stories, poems, and spoken. Hosted by Jayron Remy, with featured guest Brandon Mc Ivor.
April 23, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Online projects like Rebel Women Lit’s Caribbean Readers’ Awards and the Bocas Lit Fest’s 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us draw on a community of avid readers, active on social media, to crowdsource ideas of what Caribbean books and writers matter most. How is our sense of a Caribbean literary canon — historical or contemporary …

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April 23, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Celebrating the quarter-century anniversary of Shani Mootoo’s groundbreaking and now classic debut novel and its impact on Caribbean LGBTQ literature. Mootoo talks to Shivanee Ramlochan about Cereus Blooms at Night and the subsequent direction of her career, while writers Andre Bagoo, Nadja Nabbie, and Stephanie Ramlogan read new short pieces inspired by Mootoo’s text.
April 23, 2021
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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A special Friday night session celebrating the legacy of Vincentian musician and poet “Shake” Keane, featuring biographer Philip Nanton in conversation with musician Ruth Osman. With readings from and discussion of Nanton’s new book Riff: The Shake Keane Story, and the premiere of a new musical collaboration with Gene Lawrence, setting Keane’s Volcano Suite to …

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April 24, 2021
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Online

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Join us for all-new tales from Dragonzilla’s Storytime, a series where the Caravan’s stories are dramatised by some of the best storytellers and orators including including Joan Osborne and Farouk Jr.. Reading with Dragonzilla, our new read-along learning video series features Lost in Jouvert and premieres alongside the animation Lagahoo in the Lagoon which brings …

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April 24, 2021
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Online

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The premiere of a special half-hour film, commissioned to mark the festival’s tenth anniversary. Join host Wendell Manwarren as he tours Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, exploring the city through works of classic and contemporary literature.
April 24, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2021 Schedule

For writers, readers, publishers, and scholars, “Caribbean” is a universally accepted category of literature — but do we all mean the same thing by it? As even more diverse voices, perspectives, and subjects enter the literary fray, and as writers establish increasingly transnational identities, will “Caribbean” remain a useful label? Those are among the questions …

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April 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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A taste of brand-new work from writers in all genres!
April 24, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

2021 Schedule

“Toussaint was a mighty man”: 2021 is the 230th anniversary of the start of the Haitian Revolution, led by Toussaint Louverture — possibly the single most influential figure in Caribbean history. How has our image of Toussaint been shaped by historians, biographers, and creative writers — and what do his career, ideals, and ultimate fate …

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