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The Frequency of Magic comes to life online

Anthony Joseph brings his novel The Frequency of Magic to life online through musical performance, with a series of 100 daily podcast episodes premiering on Tuesday 25 October.

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100 Caribbean Books podcast: Vashti Bowlah on Ways of Sunlight

The latest episode of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us podcast shines a spotlight on the late, beloved writer Samuel Selvon and his popular book Ways of Sunlight. T&T writer Vashti Bowlah — the author of Under the Peepal Tree and Sugarcane Valley — considers Selvon’s beloved short story collection,


Proving she has the winning formula, Stewart again made history copping the Grand Slam title for a third time after successfully defending her 2019 title in 2020. She is the only poet to win the Slam three times. Performing before the defending 2021 Slam Champion, Derron Sandy, dressed as the Little Red Riding Hood, Stewart executed

Bocas launches UK tour

Two dozen Caribbean and diaspora writers will be in the spotlight as the NGC Bocas Lit Fest launches its first ever British tour. Visiting five cities across the UK between 26 October and 3 November, the Bocas UK Tour 2022 will feature outstanding authors of all genres, including a slew of recent prizewinners. Since its

First Citizens National Poetry Slam Finals Returns to The Stage!

You’ve been asking! You’ve been waiting! And here it is! #plottwist  WE HEAD TO THE SOUTHLAND!  Date: October 9  Time: 7pm — Doors open at 6 pm  Cost: $200 PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE Go to ticket page IN PERSON  Paper Based Bookshop (cash only) The Hotel Normandie, St. Ann’s & The Naparima Bowl Office (cash only)

2023 OCM BOCAS PRIZE OPENS FOR submissions

The region’s most coveted literary award, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, is now open for entries. Sponsored by One Caribbean Media in Trinidad and Tobago, the prize has been awarded annually since 2011. It includes a cash award of US$10,000 for the overall winner, and US$3,000 each for two genre category winners. The

Bocas launches “Season of Independence”

As Trinidad and Tobago marks its 60th anniversary of Independence, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest joins in commemorating the historic milestone with a special online programme of literary and performance events. This month-long programme will run from Independence Day on 31 August to Republic Day on 24 September — a “Season of Independence” that brings

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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

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