Bocas Lit Fest

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28 April - 1 May 2022

FOUR DAYS TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Here in the Caribbean, like everywhere else in the world, we’re living through a time of extraordinary change — social and cultural, technological and environmental. Two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced us to change the way we work and play, even our simplest daily routines. Meanwhile the threat of global climate change is looming, and recent events have compelled us to confront social inequalities in dire need of change. To survive, we need to adapt. Our writers have risen to these many challenges, with a host of recent books that investigate ideas about change in every sphere and field — whether personal or collective, political or cultural. Through genres as diverse as fiction, poetry, and life-writing, contemporary Caribbean writers are courageously exploring the changes we are all living through, and the changes we need in order to create a more just society. At our twelfth annual festival, we’re following their lead, with a special programme of four consecutive evenings, each with its own thematic focus, adding up to a bigger story of how ideas, stories, and words can change the world for the better, by focusing on some of the most vital books and authors of the past year.
May 1, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

2022 Schedule

Our signature open-mic event is back! Writers from across T&T and the Caribbean share stories, poems, and spoken word pieces reflecting on our most urgent questions and desires, personal and collective, with a few specially invited guests. Hosted by Jayron Remy.
May 1, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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For writers Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and Anita Sethi, both members of the global Caribbean diaspora, the natural world — whether experienced via cutting-edge theoretical physics or a journey though the rural landscape — is a lens for understanding social identity, racism, the fight for equality, and other big ideas that shape our everyday lives. They discuss …

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May 1, 2022
6:00 pm - 6:20 pm
Online

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Two writers from T&T, Tiffanie Drayton and Brandon O’Brien, talk about tackling difficult subjects and hard conversations in forms as diverse as journalistic memoir and speculative poetry, in their books Black American Refugee and Can You Sign My Tentacle?
May 1, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online

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As scientific consensus on the existential crisis that is climate change grows, it’s clearer than ever that countries with fossil energy-based economies — like Trinidad and Tobago, and now Guyana — have to reimagine how they fit into a net-zero world. Beyond the economics, Caribbean small island states remain on the frontlines of climate injustice, …

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May 1, 2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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2022 brings collected volumes by two of the most vital and insistent voices in Caribbean and world poetry, Pamela Mordecai and Olive Senior. Ranging from past to present, the personal to the collective, across landscapes both natural and human, their poems interrogate as keenly as they celebrate Caribbean realities. Our festival grand finale brings them …

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April 30, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Our signature open-mic event is back! Writers from across T&T and the Caribbean share stories, poems, and spoken word pieces about the truths we need to express, the secrets we should no longer keep, with a few specially invited guests. Hosted by Jayron Remy.
April 30, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online

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In their insightful new novels — One Day, One Day, Congotay and The Mystic Masseur’s Wife — authors Merle Hodge and Vijay Maharaj “write back” to an earlier period of T&T’s history, and to the classic authors like Selvon and Naipaul who canonised a particular version of our history. How do these books change the …

Writing Back Read More »

April 30, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Ayanna Lloyd Banwo launches her acclaimed debut novel When We Were Birds in conversation with Shivanee Ramlochan, and talks about the importance of storytelling in developing a sense of self and history.
April 30, 2022
7:00 pm - 7:20 pm

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Writers Sophie Jai of T&T and Mac Donald Dixon of St Lucia tell us about the background to their new novels, Wild Fires and A Scream in the Shadows, and the hidden stories that demand to be told.
April 30, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

2022 Schedule

It’s the event Caribbean book lovers wait all year for! The winners of the 2022 OCM Bocas Prizes for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction — Jason Allen-Paisant, Celeste Mohammed, and Kei Miller — read from their books, and chief judge Roger Robinson announces this year’s overall winner. Plus a tribute to the winners of the 2022 …

Winners’ Row Read More »

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