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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

Kevin jared hosein’s publishing journey: a tale for all caribbean writers!

Trinidadian author Kevin Jared Hosein recently pinned an enlightening and entertaining post to his personal Facebook page, where he chronicles more than a decade of writing and submitting to prizes, anthologies, agents and publishers before landing a “big” publishing deal in 2021. Like all good stories, this tale takes many unexpected turns – make sure

Author Celeste Mohammed wins 2022 OCM Bocas Prize

A debut novel described by the judges as “rollicking, enjoyable, and at times incredibly moving” has been named the outstanding Caribbean book of the past year. Pleasantview, the first book by Trinidad and Tobago’s Celeste Mohammed, is the winner of the overall 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, which comes with a cash award

The 2022 NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Presents Bocas Storytime on Youtube

After eleven years of offering lively, innovative events and programmes for young readers, the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest has launched an exciting new resource — Bocas Storytime, a dedicated YouTube channel for viewers aged 12 and under. Bocas Storytime promises a diverse range of videos available on demand — read-alouds, animations, storytelling, and fun

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