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Download Reclaim, Restore, Return: Futurist Tales from the Caribbean

Published specially for the 2020 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Reclaim, Restore, Return: Futurist Tales from the Caribbean is an e-book anthology of speculative fiction and poetry by seven Caribbean writers. Compiled and edited by Karen Lord and Tobias S. Buckell, and published by the Caribbean Futures Institute in partnership with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Reclaim, Restore, Return imagines

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.

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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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