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This Hill Alive: A Carnival Wrap-up

It may be the eeriest reign of the Merry Monarch in recent memory as Carnival 2021 in Trinidad and Tobago winds down, but certainly not the most transient. In the land where ‘the road made to walk on Carnival day’, the question of “to be or not to be” has simply been unfathomable – Carnival

Save the Date: 23 – 25 April

Mark your calendars and tell your friends – the NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2021 is right around the corner! We return to our early-year spot with another virtual festival programme that will leave you hugging your bookshelves and your screens. We’ll be broadcasting the festival via our website, Youtube and Facebook pages from 23-25 April,

CARNIVAL BODIES: AN EXPLORATION OF PERFORMING GENDER & SEXUALITY IN CARNIVAL

Carnival has notoriously been an expression of “playing yuhself”, but is this freedom equally available to all of us? Our panel takes a look at the hidden truths behind this narrative, exploring the space that may or may not exist for queerness and (un)masking in our Carnival. CARNIVAL BODIES: AN EXPLORATION OF PERFORMING GENDER &

A new season and theme for Bios & Bookmarks!

A new season of Bios and Bookmarks premieres this weekend with award-winning author Jacob Ross, creator of a unique Caribbean whodunnit quartet of novels.  Over the next six Sundays, the series will explore the theme of “Crime and Wonderment” with new and acclaimed writers, including the conjurer of magic and myth, Monique Roffey, whose win

TT Writer Monique Roffey cops £30,000 Costa Book of the Year Award

Monique Roffey’s The Mermaid of Black Conch, a story of exclusion and exile, has firmly secured its place in literary legacy, after winning the 2020 Costa Book of the Year Award. The book was lauded as “utterly original” by the prize’s judges in a virtual announcement ceremony on Tuesday January 26, 2021.  It’s a win

Short Story Challenge Winners Announced!

Eleven-year old Josse Franco and eight-year old Josh Hansraj top their categories in Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Challenge to win brand new laptops, courtesy the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest! Hansraj and Franco were among 22 finalists  – 11 in each age group, 5-8 and 9-12  – who advanced to the second round of the

TT Writers on the Costa Book Awards Shortlist

The recent announcement that two Trinidad and Tobago writers Monique Roffey and Ingrid Persaud have been shortlisted for the 2020 Costa Book Awards rounds off an impressive year for TT and Caribbean writers and writing on the world stage. Monique Roffey’s sixth novel The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree Press), has been shortlisted for

What’s so great about Jean Rhys?: Online Event

For one thing, there is the first line of the Dominican author’s seminal work Wide Sargasso Sea: “They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did”, which, beyond making it to a 2006 list of 100 best first lines from novels, resonates eerily amidst the turbulence of the current socio-political climate.

Announcing the finalists of Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Challenge

Twenty-two youngsters have moved onto the second phase of Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Challenge, and now have a great chance at winning one of many wonderful and useful prizes! Over 100 children aged 5-12 shared their 300-400 word story on the theme “My COVID experience in Trinidad and Tobago” for the online Storywriting Challenge that

“How To” workshop series: Nov 12 + Nov 19

On Thursday 12 November, we’re hosting the first of two interactive online workshops with St Kitts & Nevis-born author Carol Mitchell, guiding participants through the fundamentals of writing dialogue and point of view. In the second on Thursday 19 November, Mitchell shares insights for spotting and addressing common errors in participants’ manuscripts.  Both workshops are

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The NGC Bocas Youth Fest: Save the Date!

🎉This year, we’ll bring to life our first youth festival, sponsored by The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago! 🎉 We want to celebrate the young writers and readers who’ve been showing up and showing out in their schools and communities, as well as support and encourage more of our young audience to love literature! 📚✨ Check

The 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam Auditions

The 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam audition round was totally virtual. The Zoom platform became the new audition stage for poets across the country entering the largest spoken word challenge in the Caribbean. The Slam, now in its ninth year, is giving $50,000 to the winner. The prize is sponsored by First Citizens. Judges

Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with Us!

Readers, writers, and book lovers across the region and the diaspora will celebrate “Caribbean Literature Day” on 12 July. This is the second year this date will be observed, after being proposed in 2020 by the organisers of the St. Martin Book Fair, who urge us to “Celebrate the day by reading the works of

Updated Eligibility Guidelines! 2021 BLF Children’s Book Prize

The Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize is still open for entries until 30 July 2021, and we have made some small adjustments to our guidelines to allow us to capture a wider range of children’s books from Caribbean writers! Here are the revised eligibility guidelines for the inaugural Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize: Works of fiction

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