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Bios & Bookmarks is back with “A Change Is Gonna Come”

A wind of change is blowing, and the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s popular author interview series Bios & Bookmarks will explore the theme when the newest season opens on 17 March, 2022. Titled “A Change is Gonna Come” — after US singer Sam Cooke’s 1964 classic, an unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement —

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Announcing the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize longlist

Nine writers with roots in five different Caribbean countries have been longlisted for the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media, owner of the Trinidad and Tobago Express newspaper, TV6, and the OCM radio network. Recognised as the most prestigious award dedicated to Caribbean writing, the OCM Bocas Prize is

Launching the Bocas Carnival Capsule 2022!

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means that Carnival activities have been scaled back this year, but Carnival lovers who are also enthusiasts for stories and poems can still find inspiration and entertainment via the Bocas Lit Fest’s online Carnival Capsule 2022, launching on Carnival Friday, 25 February, and presented in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism,

Announcing the shortlists for the 2022 Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships

Twenty early-career writers from seven different Caribbean territories have been shortlisted for the 2022 Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships, to be awarded in two genre categories for poetry and prose. Scheduled to run for a period of six months, and offering tangible support for emerging writers to advance or complete a body of work, the two

Remembering journalist Wayne Bowman

The Bocas Lit Fest team are saddened by the death of our colleague Wayne Bowman, veteran journalist and features editor at the Trinidad and Tobago Express newspaper, one of our media partners. Our team worked regularly with Wayne in recent years to share news of our projects and programmes, and we’ll miss his expertise on

Remembering Sarah White (1941–2022)

All of us at the Bocas Lit Fest are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sarah White (1941–2022), co-founder of New Beacon Books with her partner John La Rose, and a true and practical friend to generations of Caribbean writers, artists, and activists.  White was the co-recipient of the first Bocas Henry Swanzy

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Hannah Lowe wins Costa Book of the Year Award

The poetry collection The Kids by Jamaican-British writer Hannah Lowe was named the winner of the 2021 Costa Book of the Year Award, one of the most coveted literary honours in the United Kingdom, at a ceremony on 1 February. It comes with a prize of £30,000. This is the second year in a row

Pavement Poets reflect on “a year of change”

A new year is a chance to reflect on the changes we face and the changes we need. In this special edition of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s Pavement Poets series, five of T&T’s most talented spoken word poets share their hopes for 2022

Bocas prepares for decade two

The Bocas Lit Fest is perhaps the most successful NGO to launch in Trinidad and Tobago in this millennium. In December 2010 it was registered as a not-for-profit organisation, and in April 2011 T&T had its first fully-fledged annual literary festival. It has kept coming back, year after year, not missing a beat, even through

Blogger Harmony Farrell wins Youth Writer Award

We enjoyed her writing and appreciated her commentary on topical issues which demonstrates a critical approach that is much needed in the mainstream. We believe Harmony’s work will have widespread reach and great impact. We strongly feel she has the potential to become a voice for her generation.” Franka Philip, Head Judge, NGC Bocas Youth

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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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