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Updated Eligibility Guidelines! 2021 BLF Children’s Book Prize

The Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize is still open for entries until 30 July 2021, and we have made some small adjustments to our guidelines to allow us to capture a wider range of children’s books from Caribbean writers! Here are the revised eligibility guidelines for the inaugural Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize: Works of fiction

Register now to audition for the FCNPS 2021

Come audition for the First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2021. This year we celebrate the resilience of poetry in a fully virtual slam! Book your spot and audition via Zoom before a panel of live judges. Progress to the televised Semi Finals and Grand Final. The stage awaits you. Audition Dates:  Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th

Call for writers: Celebrate Caribbean Literature Day with us!

We’re celebrating Caribbean Literature Day with another edition of our popular virtual open mic series – Stand & Deliver! Open to Caribbean writers and performers at home and the diaspora, writers of all kinds and levels of experience can share their work with our audience at our 2021 Caribbean Literature Day celebrations on 12 July. Be a

Register for our writing workshops in October and November

We’ve got a few more workshops for 2021, across a wide spectrum of writing. Limited spots are available, so book yours now to take your writing to the next level! These creative workshops will be conducted by the best expert facilitators – visionaries in publishing, language and all aspects of writing. The workshops are all

Desiree Seebaran wins the 2021 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize

TT poet Desiree Seebaran has won the 2021 Johnson and Amoy Achong Caribbean Writers Prize (JAAWP), the region’s only prize for emerging writers. In the third and final year of the Prize, dedicated to the advancement of new Caribbean voices, Seebaran won out over the other 2 shortlisted poets, Akhim Alexis and Jay T. John; all

Canisia Lubrin wins the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize

A book-length poem that the Prize judges consider “postcolonial poetry at its best” has triumphed in the stakes for best book by a Caribbean writer published last year.  The Dyzgraphxst by St. Lucia-born poet Canisia Lubrin is the 2021 winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, which comes with an award of US$10,000,

Relief efforts in St. Vincent & The Grenadines

The leaves of my plum tree did not glisten when wet – Volcano Suite by Shake Keane, 1979 Even as we celebrate the legendary music and poetry of Shake Keane at the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, we are cognizant that his haunting words from Volcano Suite in 1979 are accurate descriptions for the current

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

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Author Celeste Mohammed wins 2022 OCM Bocas Prize

A debut novel described by the judges as “rollicking, enjoyable, and at times incredibly moving” has been named the outstanding Caribbean book of the past year. Pleasantview, the first book by Trinidad and Tobago’s Celeste Mohammed, is the winner of the overall 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, which comes with a cash award

The 2022 NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Presents Bocas Storytime on Youtube

After eleven years of offering lively, innovative events and programmes for young readers, the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest has launched an exciting new resource — Bocas Storytime, a dedicated YouTube channel for viewers aged 12 and under. Bocas Storytime promises a diverse range of videos available on demand — read-alouds, animations, storytelling, and fun

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

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