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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,

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

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You’re invited to an intimate chat with Celeste Mohammed!

Our first special event just for Friends of Bocas Lit Fest is here! We’re thrilled that our first Salon will feature none other than lawyer-turned-author Celeste Mohammed. On Sunday, October 24th 2021, join us for an intimate digital get-together as she shares details of her debut collection, Pleasantview, and answers all your questions about writing

Derron Sandy is the 2021 Grand Slam Champion!

We have a new spoken word King! Five-time finalist Derron Sandy has copped his first Grand Slam win in the First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2021, taking the $50,000 grand prize! Two-time defending champion, Alexandra Stewart, placed second, and Michael Logie placed third. The Grand Slam, sponsored since 2013 by First Citizens, aired on TTT

Children’s Book Prize Longlist announced!

Six writers from across the Caribbean have been longlisted for the inaugural Bocas Children’s Book Prize, with tales that bring magic, folklore, and real historical events to life for the region’s young readers. The prize, sponsored by the Unit Trust Corporation (UTC), is the first of its kind, recognising Caribbean books for young independent readers

Call for nominations: NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award 2021

Who has been the most influential young person in literary arts in T&T in the last year? With the help of a diverse panel of judges, we are embarking on a journey to find and celebrate young writers of talent in any corner of literature: including poetry, playwriting, fiction, creative non-fiction, journalism, scriptwriting, spoken word,

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