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“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

Bios & Bookmarks is back for Season 3

Bios & Bookmarks Season 3 starts on Sunday 1 November! Join us for a riveting third season that kicks off this Sunday, with St. Lucian poet Canisia Lubrin. Her second collection of poems, The Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart) has been described as “a triumph of anticolonial poetics” by 2017 OCM Bocas Poetry Prize winner, Safiya Sinclair. Sunday


Announcing LIT’S BE REAL, a new online series from the NGC Bocas Lit Fest

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest will debut a brand new online series aimed at introducing Caribbean writers to industry professionals overseas. Titled LIT’S BE REAL, the series — which takes the form of frank, solution-oriented discussions with editors, educators, agents, and more — will be hosted by Amanda Choo Quan,

The Write Away! Young Adult Literature Project

The Bocas Lit Fest and The Scotiabank Foundation are partnering to supply secondary schools with exciting new digital content to support virtual English classes this term.  The Write Away! Young Adult Literature project is giving all schools access to five virtual creative writing workshops via the Ministry of Education’s School Learning Management System. Led by

Celebrating Caribbean Women’s Writing with UEA

WED 14 OCT | ONLINE |  2PM (TT)/ 7PM (UK) FREE EVENT, BUT BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL BOOKING NOW OPEN at Three Caribbean writers, Ayanna Gillian Lloyd, Tessa McWatt and Ingrid Persuad, join Alison Donnell in conversation about their work, careers and motivations, as part of the UEA Live series of online events.  UEA Live


International Day for Reparations is marked on Monday 12 October. What does that mean for us in the Caribbean, the birthplace of the triangular slave trade? In an era of the Black Lives Matter movement, we are presented with an opportune moment to further examine this contentious issue.     Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the Caricom

Binge on Bocas: recap all festival events

This weekend, lovers of books, stories, and ideas can “binge” on a recap of the 2020 festival. With eighteen events and over 80 writers, speakers, and performers, the 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest was livestreamed TV-style over three days, with continuous broadcasts including archival footage from past years and specially commissioned comedy sketches. Now we’re

Alexandra retains her crown in the 2020 FCNPS

Alexandra Stewart makes history becoming the first National Poetry Slam Champion to successfully defend her title! Now twenty-two years old, Stewart goes down as the first winner in the eight-year history of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam to prevail for a second time, making it the fifth time a woman has copped first place.

Our 10-year Commemorative Poster by the artist Jackie Hinkson

100 numbered, signed copies of this collectible 2020 festival poster are available! Marking 10 years of the Bocas Lit Fest, our anniversary poster depicts Jackie Hinkson’s specially commissioned drawing of the iconic Old Fire Station in downtown Port of Spain, buttressed by the National Library, the home of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. About the

Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Competition

Dragonzilla’s Short Story Writing Challenge, in partnership with NALIS, is for youngsters across Trinidad and Tobago aged 5-8 and 9-12 and allows them to create original stories based on the theme My Covid experience in T&T. After nine years of taking the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan to communities across Trinidad and Tobago,

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2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam semi-finalists announced

Twenty poets have advanced to the semi-final round of the 2021 First Citizens National Poetry Slam (FCNPS) which will be broadcast on TTT in August. The selected poets, three of whom were finalists at the 2020 National Slam, will be keen to start preparing their pieces for the semi-final rounds of the most prominent spoken

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

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