Title Sponsor NGC Bocas Lit Fest 28 - 30 April 2023 All Upcoming 28 April 29 April 30 April All Upcoming 28 April 29 April 30 April Apr 28 2023 9:00 am - 12:30 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register Preservation for beginners, with Danielle Fraser The National Library’s conservator will conduct a workshop on the long-term preservation of paper-based collections. Topics will include identifying and combating agents of deterioration; care and handling techniques; protective enclosures and storage conditions; and simple preservation techniques. Apr 28 2023 10:00 am - 10:30 am Old Fire Station Festival Schedule Find Out More 2023 Festival Welcome Four years after our last in-person festival, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest returns to downtown Port of Spain! As we kick off, spoken word poet Shimiah Lewis performs a specially commissioned new piece welcoming readers and writers back to the festival village. Apr 28 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm AV Room Festival Schedule Writers First Find Out More Writers First 2023: Part 1 Our series of free seminars for budding and self-published authors returns, covering crucial aspects of the book business and tips to unlock your creativity. 10–11 am: The toughest audience: writing for children, with Danielle Y.C. McClean, winner of the 2022 Bocas Children’s Book Prize 11 am–12 pm: What’s your story?: an interactive, collective, collaborative storytelling … Writers First 2023: Part 1 Read More » Apr 28 2023 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Old Fire Station Festival Schedule Big Ideas Find Out More Big Ideas: Equal for all Our 2019 festival hosted a hard-hitting debate exploring how gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and class affect our political rights and our everyday lives. Now we assemble a panel of activists and experts to ask how the promise of equality written into our national anthem actually plays out for people with physical and mental differences and disabilities. … Big Ideas: Equal for all Read More » Apr 28 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AV Room Festival Schedule Film Find Out More Port of Spain: “A Writer’s Heaven”; “We Going Pan”; King David A lineup of three films exploring T&T’s literary and musical heritage: Port of Spain: “A Writer’s Heaven”, dir. Dion Boucaud, produced by the Bocas Lit Fest (2021, 27:00) Trinidadian actor and performer Wendell Manwarren leads a walking tour of Port of Spain from a literary perspective. The city comes alive in new and unexpected ways … Port of Spain: “A Writer’s Heaven”; “We Going Pan”; King David Read More » Apr 28 2023 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Abercromby Street Arcade Festival Schedule Performance Find Out More Extempo Debate 2023 Master calypsonians Black Sage and Dion Diaz pay tribute in song to two of T&T’s recently departed cultural exemplars: calypsonian Black Stalin and scholar Gordon Rohlehr — then they ask for your prompts to continue their extempo repartee! In partnership with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. Apr 28 2023 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Abercromby Street Arcade Festival Schedule Fiction,Open Mic,Performance,Poetry Find Out More New Talent Showcase + Stand and Deliver: Part 1 It’s a two-part, laid-back, high energy celebration of T&T’s emerging writing talent! Our New Talent Showcase spotlights up and coming authors, followed by our signature open mic event. Want to share your work in our Stand & Deliver open mic? Sign up here! Apr 28 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Old Fire Station Festival Schedule Fiction Find Out More Take Two: Cherie Jones and Sharma Taylor Debut novelists Cherie Jones (How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House) and Sharma Taylor (What a Mother’s Love Don’t Teach You) share their intimate, emotional narratives about family, love, and loss. Hosted by Alake Pilgrim. Apr 28 2023 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm AV Room Festival Schedule Writers First Find Out More Writers First 2023: Part 2 Our series of free seminars for budding and self-published authors continues, covering crucial aspects of the book business and tips to unlock your creativity. MFA FAQ, with Muli Amaye — for anyone who wants to understand what a creative writing MFA is really about, who it’s for, and how it can help you take your … Writers First 2023: Part 2 Read More » Apr 28 2023 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Old Fire Station Festival Schedule Fiction Find Out More Take Two: Jan Carson and Ayanna Lloyd Banwo Jan Carson (The Raptures) and Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (When We Were Birds) read from their new novels exploring the unstable boundaries between this life and the next. Hosted by Hadassah K. Williams. In partnership with the British Council and the Belfast International Arts Festival. Apr 28 2023 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Old Fire Station Festival Schedule Poetry Find Out More Take Three: Desiree C. Bailey, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Samantha Thornhill Three powerful poets read from their debut books exploring personal and collective Caribbean histories. Featuring Desiree C. Bailey (What Noise Against the Cane), Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa (Cane, Corn & Gully) and Samantha Thornhill (The Animated Universe). Hosted by Shivanee Ramlochan. Apr 28 2023 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AV Room Festival Schedule Fiction,Poetry Find Out More New Voices 2023 A special showcase of debut and self-published books by T&T authors, exploring a diversity of voices, subjects, and styles. Featuring recent books by Cecily Alexander Pouchet, A.M. Ali, Carolyn Ali, Dion Carrington, Tricia Chin, Keon Francis, Rori Heffes-Doon, Gavin Luke, and Elena Molchanova. Apr 28 2023 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 1st Floor Seminar Room Festival Schedule Workshop Register What makes a great memoir? Veteran editor Ian Randle explains the key elements of any good memoir, and what publishers look for in an autobiography. Apr 28 2023 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Old Fire Station Festival Schedule Fiction Find Out More Take Two: Kevin Jared Hosein and Celeste Mohammed Family responsibilities collide with individual desires and community pressures in the novels of T&T writers Kevin Jared Hosein (Hungry Ghosts) and) Celeste Mohammed (Pleasantview). Apr 28 2023 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AV Room Festival Schedule Film Find Out More From the Banyan Archive: Part 1 A showcase of cultural treasures from the Banyan archive!: Caribbean Eye: Visionaries (1992, 30:00) Meet four visual artists who work on a large scale: intuitive sculptor and painter Philip Moore of Guyana, monumental sculptor Alvin Marriott of Jamaica, and mas artist Peter Minshall of Trinidad. The programme is co-hosted by the ground-breaking St Lucian … From the Banyan Archive: Part 1 Read More » Apr 28 2023 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm Big Black Box Festival Schedule Fiction,Performance Find Out More Sons of the Soil: Selvon Meets Stalin 2023 is the centenary of Samuel Selvon, one of T&T and the Caribbean’s best loved writers. A stellar lineup of authors mark this milestone with readings from Selvon’s classic fiction and their own stories and poems. Apr 27 2023 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm CBs Bar-Bar Festival Schedule Fiction,Performance,Poetry,Pre-Festival Events Find Out More CAISO presents BackChat: Telling Our Stories: Celebrating LGBTQI+ Voices Powerful stories and poems, music and drinks, fellowship and fun: BackChat returns, with some of T&T’s most exciting LGBTQI+ writers and performers, plus some surprise guests! Featuring readings and performances by Andre Bagoo, Angelique V. Nixon, Deneka Thomas, Safiyyah Acosta, Shivanee Ramlochan, and Simmy The Trini, and a sizzling open mic! 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