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Bocas 2022 spotlights C.L.R. James’s legacy of change

To invoke C.L.R. James is to excite thought and vision, enliven ambition, and inspire change. Historian, author, revolutionary, luminary — James’s influence extends to spheres of social, historical, and political theory and practice. And he will be in the spotlight at the 2022 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Four Days to Change the World. “James’s work

Download our 2022 festival guide!

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s 2022 festival guide is now available as a free download! You’ll find all the details you need about our Four Days to Change the World in one convenient PDF: the full schedule of events, bios of all our 2022 authors and speakers, plus information about our children’s festival, the winners

Announcing the recipients of the 2022 Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships

Two writers from Trinidad and Tobago have won the 2022 Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships, enabling them to advance or complete their debut books. Jannine Horsford has been named the Bocas Emerging Writers Fellow for poetry, and Rajiv Ramkhalawan is the successful Fellow in the prose category. Over 100 writers from seven different Caribbean territories applied

Announcing the recipients of the 2022 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award

With bodies of work that span borders and decades, and having helped to launch some of the most talented contemporary Caribbean and diaspora writers, Funso Aiyejina and Merle Hodge have played an unmistakable role in shaping the region’s literary landscape. Now the Bocas Lit Fest is honouring them with the annual Bocas Henry Swanzy Award

the NGC Bocas Lit Fest is back with A festival of “change”

“Four Days to Change the World” is the promise of the 2022 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual festival of words, stories, and ideas, which launches its upcoming virtual programme today. This is the twelfth year of the festival, the largest annual literary event in the Anglophone Caribbean — also its eleventh year

Announcing the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize shortlist

Three books, two of them by first-time authors, have been shortlisted for the twelfth annual OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Debut authors Jason Allen-Paisant, a Jamaican based in the UK, and Trinidadian Celeste Mohammed are joined on the list by Kei Miller, a former winner of the OCM Bocas Prize, considered the most prestigious


Calling all Caribbean writers of all genres – it’s that time again! Submit your work to be a part of our 2022 festival and our “season of change” under any of the following themes: Let’s Change The World This Story has Never Been Told The Time is Now Your work will be featured during one

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 —

Covers of books longlisted for the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize

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,

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