Bocas Lit Fest

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

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

2021 Schedule

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

2021 Schedule

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
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Featuring spoken word performances by some of Trinidad and Tobago’s top spoken word poets: Kyle Hernandez, Derron Sandy, Shineque Saunders, Javaughn Forde and Shimiah Lewis.
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! Featuring readings by Madeline Coopsammy, Steffanie Edward, A.L. Dawn French, Fabien M. Thomas, D.E. Ambrose, Dharmbodh Westmaas and Murdina Wright.
April 24, 2021
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Online

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“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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April 24, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Online

2021 Schedule

Our signature open mic event returns, in virtual form! Writers share their stories, poems, and spoken word, featuring Stephanie Bowry, Aleah Charlemagne,  Ivory Kelly, J.A. Lovelock, Opal Palmer Adisa, Brandon McIvor, and Arnold Ward. Hosted by Jayron Remy.
April 24, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Making history: two authors of new historical novels, Lawrence Scott (Dangerous Freedom) and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe), read from their novels and discuss how imagination meets research to bring the past to life for contemporary readers. Hosted by Ayanna Gillian Lloyd.
April 24, 2021
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm

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Featuring spoken word performances by some of Trinidad and Tobago’s top spoken word poets: Kyle Hernandez, Derron Sandy, Shineque Saunders, Javaughn Forde and Shimiah Lewis.
April 24, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Online

2021 Schedule

T&T diaspora poets Rosamond S. King (All the Rage) and Desiree C. Bailey (What Noise Against the Cane) meditate in their work on personal and family history, the intersections of race and migration, the islands of their ancestry, and the nation where they have built their lives and careers. Hosted by Daria-Ann Martineau
April 24, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

2021 Schedule

A special evening celebrating the winners of the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize, the 2021 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize, and the 2021 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award, with readings, tributes, and the highly-anticipated prize announcements.
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