Friends of Bocas

Join us in a Caribbean Literature movement

As a Friend of the Bocas Lit Fest, you gain access to so much more than a literary festival. It is your gateway to exclusive workshops, intimate sessions with our community of writers, and a network of like-minded literary Friends from across the industry.

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Why Friends of Bocas?

Corporate sponsorship and regional and international partnerships have enabled us to bring a host of free and valuable offerings to literature lovers everywhere and made the Bocas Lit Fest a valuable resource. Now, we need your individual help to enable us to continue our work.

Christmas Special!

Jumpstart Christmas with a Friends of Bocas Gift Card for your family and friends. You can also treat yourself, as for a limited time only, you can take 15% off the subscription tier of your choice. Here you will find a decade of Caribbean literary content from our rich archives. In the spirit of giving, your gift(s) will also support our important work and literary community. There really is no Bocas without YOU. Discover the benefits of being a part of it and subscribe now!

Standard

Friends of Bocas Lit Fest Benefits
200TTD
$170 TTD / year
  • Monthly Book Bulletin
  • Networking and community support
  • Access to the Bocas Library
  • Discounts on Books*
  • Friends of Bocas Lit Fest merchandise
  • Priority access to events & workshops
  • Exclusive events
  • Festival Green Room access
  • Discounts on workshops
  • Discounts on ticketed events
  • Discounts on publishing consultancy
  • Discounts on rentals of The Writers Centre

Premium

Friends of Bocas Lit Fest Benefits
400TTD
$360 TTD / year
  • Monthly Book Bulletin
  • Networking and community support
  • Access to the Bocas Library
  • Discounts on Books*
  • Friends of Bocas Lit Fest merchandise
  • Priority access to events & workshops
  • Exclusive events
  • Festival Green Room access
  • Discounts on workshops
  • Discounts on ticketed events
  • Discounts on publishing consultancy
  • Discounts on rentals of the Writers Centre
Best Value

*from partner booksellers, conditions may apply.

Give a gift of friendship

You can buy FBLF as a gift for a birthday or other special occasion. Following your purchase, you will receive an activation code that you will gift to the recipient to activate their account. We invite you to treat someone with a gift of the magic of words and ideas.

You'll help the advancement of Caribbean literature

It’s no secret - we love Caribbean Literature. We’ve nurtured emerging writers from the region, rekindled the joy of reading our literature for pleasure, instigated important conversations about arts and culture, and brought renowned and internationally-acclaimed writers to the stage at our annual festival.

You'll help us continue our work

Historically, we have relied on corporate sponsorship. Now, through the Friends of the Bocas Lit Fest, you have the opportunity to support our work and increase our impact. We invite you to become a Friend of the Bocas Lit Fest and help us advance this movement in every island, country and diaspora to ensure our sustainability for generations to come.

You'll help us advance our movement in every island

The Friends package levels are set to match the challenging times we are in and with the awareness of the many competing demands for support. We hope that the pleasure you derive from our programming, along with successes achieved in promoting Caribbean literature, are enough for you to jump on board with us. All of the lovely benefits are just the icing on the cake.

We'll give you more of what you love!

With your help, we can continue to recognise, reward and promote excellence in Caribbean Literature, assist emerging writers to establish careers through prizes and mentorship, host affordable literary & publishing seminars and workshops to hone their skills, create and tell Caribbean stories to Caribbean children, support and help build the literary arts & cultural sector, and take Caribbean culture & stories to the world through the written word - and so much more!

Choose one of our packages to join us!

We invite you to become a Friend of the Bocas Lit Fest and help us advance this movement in every island, country and diaspora, not for the wonderful entitlements, but for a love of what we do and to ensure our sustainability for generations to come.

As a Friend of Bocas

we'll give you more of what you love...

Monthly Book Bulletin

Enjoy a monthly roundup of the latest news about Caribbean literature, writers and everything in between, presented by the Bocas Lit Fest and delivered straight to your inbox.
Our Friends will also get lots of extra information not published in the press.

Bocas Library

A decade of festivals, lively discussions, debates and controversial conversations, articles and stories have made for a rich and diverse treasure trove of archives featuring beloved Caribbean authors. Your Friends of the Bocas Lit Fest contribution will give you access to this rich and unique curated collection. Enjoy regular updates of content for your viewing/listening/reading pleasure.

Discounts on Books & Events

As a Friend, you can receive discountson books obtained at our partner booksellers, Paper Based and Metropolitan, and as a premium Friend discounts extend to our ticketed events, workshops and services!This would include access to specials on recommended “reads” arising from our Book Network events and also to the titles featured in our monthly Book Bulletin.

Exclusive Access to Events

You'll get access to exclusive events that have been specially curated just for you as a Premium Friend of the Bocas Lit Fest – including our new Bios Bookmarks Salon, a virtual space where you can interact with our featured authors.And when we return in-person, Premium Friends can enjoy access to our exclusive author lounge and Green Room at the Festival Village.

Priority Access & Discounts on Workshops

During the annual Bocas Lit Fest and other events, Friends will get priority, reserved seating at our in-person festival events, as well asdiscounts and reserved seating at special events at The Writers Centre, home of the Bocas Lit Fest. You can also get discounts on rental charges for your own events booked at The Writers Centre, and on rental of hot desks!

Other ways to support us

You can trust the BLF and if you love what we do, but the commitment of a recurring annual sponsorship is not for you, we invite you to give whatever you can in whatever way you can or give a gift to someone else.

In 2021, the Bocas Lit Fest will launch an Endowment Fund capitalised by donations from supporters who wish to contribute to the future sustainability of the NGO.  It will be established as a trust that will be independently and prudently managed to generate project income for generations to come while keeping the principal value intact. The fund is the perfect opportunity for patrons or philanthropists who wish to will or contribute significant funds to support the work of the BLF as an institution.

 

 

The BLF is always seeking new ways to create opportunities for schools, writers, readers and young adults through the sponsorship of prizes, workshops, mentorship and skills labs. If you would like to be the title sponsor of a specific Bocas Lit Fest initiative, we invite you to tell us more and we could work out how to deliver your pet project where it will have the most impact and bring about change. We can take you through the development and administration of BLF projects, which are typically 3-year commitments in order to maximize the impact. If you would like to be the title sponsor of a Bocas Lit Fest literary development initiative, please click here to provide us with  more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Friend?
Join online 24/7 365 days a year.

How do I pay?
You can pay with most major credit or debit cards. This payment is annual and is non-refundable and non-transferable.

When does my subscription expire?
Your donation will give you 12 months of access to the FBLF platform from the date of making your contribution. We will notify you by email when it is time to renew and look forward to your sponsorship for many years to come.

Am I guaranteed attendance at events or getting the tickets that I want by joining the FBLF?
We’ll give you early notice of all of our upcoming events, and tickets and reserved seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Is my contribution refundable?
Your subscription is a donation towards the BLF running its annual programme, and is not refundable. You can choose to deactivate the auto-renew to limit your donation to the current year’s subscription.

Can I upgrade?
You can upgrade the tier of your FBLF account at the point of renewal. Unfortunately, you cannot upgrade mid-term.

Can I gift FBLF to a friend?
Yes, gifting access to the FBLF is available in the form of a Standard or Premium gift voucher that the recipient can activate.

What do I receive when I join?
We will send you an email, welcoming you to the platform after joining. After that, enjoy all that the FBLF has to offer!

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