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More than a book festival: comedy, extempo and more!

The 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest will serve up an assortment of cultural expression and artistry over the three days of its 10th festival this weekend.  From the now standard Extempo debate exploring the “Big Idea” of the day, to dramatised readings of the classics, and to the staple Stand & Deliver open mic, festival

A special pre-festival BYOBB

On Wednesday 16 September, we’re having a special pre-festival edition of our monthly BYOBB, featuring Karen Lord – guest curator of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest Future Friday line-up. Space is limited. Sign up via Google Form: Space is limited. See you there, and don’t forget to bring your sips!   ABOUT BYOBB Bring Your Own


The region’s most prestigious literary award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, is now open for entries. The prize is sponsored by One Caribbean Media in Trinidad and Tobago and is now in its eleventh year. It includes a cash award of US$10,000 for the overall winner and US$3,000 each for two genre category

Announcing the FCNPS Finalists

Twelve performance poets have advanced to the final round of the 2020 First Citizens National Poetry Slam (FCNPS) to meet defending national champion Alexandra Stewart. Through our continued partnership with TV6 and First Citizens, we’ll deliver the grand finale of Spoken Word’s biggest event in the Caribbean on Sunday 27 September, where thirteen will contend

Our 2020 festival goes virtual!

2020 is a milestone year for the NGC Bocas Lit Fest: the tenth year of Trinidad and Tobago’s national literature festival, which has grown into the Anglophone Caribbean’s biggest annual literary celebration. The 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, running from 18 to 20 September, will go down in history for another reason: it’s the first-ever

Our Extempo Debate is back – but we need your help!

What is calypso, especially EXTEMPO without a live audience? Well, to be honest, we’re not that interested in finding out. Your participation in this annual Festival highlight is essential. We’d love for you to: 1. Submit your prompts based on this year’s topic of poltical leadership & 2. Be part of our live virtual audience

Join us online for this month’s BYOBB

Our monthly BYOBB is happening at its usual time on the last Wednesday of August, and this month we’re collaborating with The Caribbean Book Club! Bring Your Own Book & Bottle (BYOBB) is our monthly virtual hangout where you can share excerpts from your favourite books and discuss what you’re reading. It’s a chance to

The 2020 Slam semi-finals go on TV

Five months ago the pandemic struck and the 2020 First Citizens National Poetry Slam came to a grinding halt.  Now it is set to resume this Sunday on TV6 at 7.30pm! Working under current health protocols, title sponsor First Citizens and Slam producers The Bocas Lit Fest have partnered with TV6 to broadcast the remaining

Stand & Deliver at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest

This is your chance to STAND AND DELIVER at the 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest! It’s one of the most popular events in the annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest: our signature Stand and Deliver open mic showcase, where writers of all kinds and levels of experience can share their work with others in an open forum.

Classics or contemporary – which books made you?

As we collated the books named during our 100 Caribbean Books that Made Us campaign on social media, we noticed the same book titles popped up quite often. Although this list isn’t and will not become a competition, we kept tabs on each title to see which were named most often and to see what

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The #bocas2021 Festival Programme

The 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest programme is live! Happening from April 23rd – 25th, all free, no registration required! A virtual literary walking tour; The 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us; our signature Big Ideas discussion; a robust activity-packed children’s programme; award-winning and emerging writers from across the Caribbean and its diaspora; the announcement of

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Announcing the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize shortlist

The judges for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature have announced the winners in the three genre categories: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The genre category winners, by authors from three different Caribbean territories, will now enter the final round of judging, vying for the overall award of US$10,000. Internationally recognised as the leading literary award

Be a part of our 2021 Extempo Debate

We want to hear from you – come be a part of our 2021 Extempo Debate! Like last year, we’re entirely virtual and would love to include your topics for master calypsonians Black Sage and Brian London to debate, in inimitable Extempo style! Send in a prompt / topic by email,  and be included in our pre-recorded

Calling all Caribbean writers: Register now for our 2021 Stand & Deliver

Calling Caribbean writers of all genres! Showcase your work to an international audience at an NGC Bocas Lit Fest favourite: our virtual Stand and Deliver, where writers of all kinds and levels of experience can share their work with others in an open forum. It’s where some of our now successful writers started. You can

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