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First Citizens National Poetry Slam Finals Returns to The Stage!

You’ve been asking! You’ve been waiting! And here it is! #plottwist  WE HEAD TO THE SOUTHLAND!  Date: October 9  Time: 7pm — Doors open at 6 pm  Cost: $200 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE Go to ticket page IN PERSON  Paper Based Bookshop (cash only) The Hotel Normandie, St. Ann’s & The Naparima Bowl Office (cash only)

2023 OCM BOCAS PRIZE OPENS FOR submissions

The region’s most coveted literary award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, is now open for entries. Sponsored by One Caribbean Media in Trinidad and Tobago, the prize has been awarded annually since 2011. It includes a cash award of US$10,000 for the overall winner, and US$3,000 each for two genre category winners. The

Bocas launches “Season of Independence”

As Trinidad and Tobago marks its 60th anniversary of Independence, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest joins in commemorating the historic milestone with a special online programme of literary and performance events. This month-long programme will run from Independence Day on 31 August to Republic Day on 24 September — a “Season of Independence” that brings

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100 Caribbean Books podcast: Kevin Jared Hosein on No Pain Like This Body

Just in time for the upcoming celebrations of Trinidad and Tobago’s 60th anniversary of Independence, a new podcast series from the NGC Bocas Lit Fest explores the country’s rich literary heritage. Launched on Friday 15 July, the 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us podcast explores how iconic, classic books of past decades have influenced and

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Remembering George Lamming on Caribbean Literature Day

First commemorated in 2020, at the proposal of the organisers of the St. Martin Book Fair, Caribbean Literature Day on 12 July is an occasion to celebrate Caribbean books and writers, and reflect on our region’s extraordinarily rich literary heritage, in multiple languages. Last month, Caribbean readers and writers mourned the death of the iconic


THE 2022 FIRST CITIZENS NATIONAL POETRY SLAM COMPETITION is into the second round stage of its 10th consecutive year and 20 top performers are through to the semi-finals. Eighty hopefuls stepped up to the virtual Slamiversary audition stage hosted by five open mic event organizers to deliver a repertoire of charismatic, thought-provoking, riveting and animated


Write Away!, the secondary schools creative writing project produced by the Bocas Lit Fest and sponsored by the Scotiabank Foundation is warmly welcomed by students, teachers and the Ministry of Education.   On Friday 24 June, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly received a small box containing  the unique digital learning tools for English Literature students

NGC Bocas Lit Fest: Best Social Investment Project Award 2022

NGC Bocas Lit fest has earned yet another accolade. This time the festival has been awarded Best Social Investment Project by the Energy Chamber’s Annual Award Programme. The announcement was made at the recently concluded 2022 Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference (TTEC). NGC has been a sponsor of Bocas Lit Fest since its inception in

Calling all spoken word poets!

🔊Calling all spoken word poets 🔊 It’s YOUR time to audition for the First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2022! It’s the competition’s 10th anniversary and we’re celebrating A Season of Change! Book your spot and audition via Zoom before a panel of live judges. 🗓️ 5 dates📡5 virtual open mic sessions🎙️In partnership with 5 dynamic

First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2022

*whispers* Hey, come closer… we’ve never done this before and you didn’t hear this from us but…The First CitizensNational Poetry Slam – Trinidad and Tobago Competition 2022 is coming… soon AND it’s our 10th Anniversary! Don’t stick on this heads up. SHARE the news with everyone, because this year is going to be HUGE and

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NGC Bocas Youth Fest 2022 Schedule is Live!

Our Schedule is now LIVE! Download the programme, browse our sponsored opportunities and join us at NGC BOCAS YOUTH FEST 2022 on Saturday 19th November 2022! NGC BOCAS YOUTH FEST is a celebration of literary arts and youth in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region. In 2021 NGC and the Bocas Lit Fest


The NGC Bocas Youth Fest will host the youth edition of its annual literary festival on 19 November in its first-ever, in-person celebration.  The free event targets young people ages 12- 25 and will be held at the home of the Bocas Lit Fest, The Writers’ Centre in Port of Spain from 11am – 11pm.

Call for Volunteers!

We’re hosting the first-ever in-person NGC BOCAS YOUTH FESTIVAL on Saturday 19th November and we’re so pumped! JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM! Gain experience in festival + event management and lots more! To sign up email us at   Deadline date: November 15, 2022 Powered by @ngc_tt ️ #ngcbocasyouthfest2022 #bocas2022

Stand and Deliver Open Mic!

Are you a Spoken Word Poet, Singer, Musician,  Dancer, or Artist? Come through! Our signature open mic event is back!  Saturday 19th, November 2022 5:00 p.m. Sign up via the form below. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE.  Powered by @ngc_tt ️ #ngcbocasyouthfest2022 #bocas2022

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