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Bocas Masterclass Students Launch Chapbook

The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) has received a donation of chapbooks co-written by 14 students who participated in Bocas Lit Fest’s We Lit programme, funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust. The presentation was made to the Manager of Corporate Communications at NALIS, Debbie Goodman, at a chapbook launch ceremony on 14

Bocas Book Bulletin | January 2023

A monthly round-up of news about Caribbean books and writers, presented by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest Welcome to the latest instalment of the Bocas Book Bulletin, a monthly round-up of Caribbean literary news, curated by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival. 2023 publishing preview Caribbean books continue to be

Rashad Hosein wins NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award

Rashad Hosein has won the 2022 NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award, which comes with a cash prize of TT $5,000, sponsored by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. The announcement was made on Saturday 7 January at an award ceremony honouring the young finalists for the award, hosted at The Writer’s Centre

Deadline for 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature submissions

The deadline for 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature submissions is quickly approaching! It’s our final call for books of fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction by Caribbean authors published in the calendar year 2022. Find full eligibility and submission guidelines at

4 Youth Writers Shortlisted For Bocas Award

Four young writers have been shortlisted from thirty nominations for the 2022 NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award. The inter-genre literary accolade, which was launched in 2021, targets young writers of local birth or citizenship, age 25 and under. Last year, blogger Harmony Farrell copped the inaugural prize. This year, the four writers in the line-up for

Our 2022 favourites — a gift for you!

2022’s been a busy year for us at the Bocas Lit Fest, full of readings and performances, prizes and workshops, thrilling new books, stimulating conversations with writers, our first-ever Bocas UK Tour, programmes for readers and writers of all ages, and so much more. As the year draws to a close, all of us on

NourbeSe Philip

100 Caribbean Books podcast: Desiree Seebaran on Zong!

The groundbreaking poetry collection Zong! by T&T-born M. NourbeSe Philip is the subject of the latest episode of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us podcast. First published in 2008, Zong! addresses the brutal realities of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, through a notorious massacre that happened in the late

T&T Writer Wins Book Prize

The Whisperer’s Warning: Secrets of Oscuros  by Danielle Y.C. McClean has won the 2022 Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize.  The  Trinidad-born author, translator, interpreter, and teacher currently living in the US takes home a US$1,000 prize. This achievement follows the success of her YA novel The Protectors’ Pledge, named  among the top three in

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

NGC Bocas Youth Fest Return

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.

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