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109 PhotosSo Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian and Pacific Oceans was launched on January 17th at Medulla Art Gallery. With introductions from Marina Salandy-Brown and Nicholas Laughlin, followed by a reading from So Many Islands contributor Tracy Assing, the anthology made its Caribbean debut in fine style. The collection is published by Peekash Press, with support from Commonwealth Writers.
Peekash's upcoming anthology, Thicker Than Water, was pre-launched that very evening, with readings from contributors Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Ira Mathur, Lisa Allen-Agostini, and Barbara Jenkins.
[Photos: Vincent O'Neil]Peekash Press: Launch of So Many Islands
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54 Photos#ReadWithMe spirits were high at Raise The Bar-National Secondary Spoken Word Intercol Launch! Schoolkids, spoken word stars, educators and more (including our reading champion Ro'dey!) got in on the photobooth action, to raise reading love and awareness.
Armed with copies of the prizewinning CODE Burt Awards for Caribbean Young Adult Literature titles, reading enthusiasts got to meet the writers behind those winning words: Tamika Gibson, Imam Baksh, Danielle McClean and Florenz Webbe Maxwell.
With shots like this, we can safely say reading always deserves to be in the limelight!
All photos by Pocket Portraits.#ReadWithMe Photobooth Fun at Raise the Bar 2017
113 PhotosBright smiles and exciting words took centre stage at Bocas and CODE Burt Awards' Meet the Authors public reading and book signing! Held at Nigel R Khan Bookseller - The Future of Bookselling's West Mall branch, winners of CODE NGO's Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature delighted young and older attendees alike, with readings from their celebrated books. #ReadWithMe
All photos by Isaiah McClean.#ReadWithMe: Meet the Authors at Nigel R Khan
65 PhotosOn October 7th, Alice Yard and the NGC Bocas Lit Fest co-hosted an evening of words and music to mark the close of the 36th annual West Indian Literature Conference. Writers Rosamond S. King, Colin Robinson, Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and Caroline Emma McKenzie read pieces inspired by the theme "Looking for trouble," and Black Sage gave the audience snippets of classic calypsos alongside a bravura extempo demonstration, effortlessly turning out verses based on prompts from the audience, on everything from the 2017 budget to Derek Walcott.
Meanwhile, poems from Shivanee N. Ramlochan's Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting were pasted around the yard in a silent performance by the Douen Islands collective, involving wheatpaste and moko jumbie stilts. Writers and artists make all kinds of good trouble. [description from Alice Yard's Facebook page]
Photographs by Vincent O'Neil.Looking For Trouble: An Evening of Words and Music
34 PhotosAs part of the Bocas Vacation Camp Workshop lineup, jeweller Jade Drakes went to I-ACT - I Am Christian Theatre's camp "Finding the Boy, Finding the Girl" to do her blind drawing session called "The Animal Inside You", inclusive of clay figures based on their drawings and collages. Check out the children's thoughtful creations! #campbocas2017
If you're interested in booking a Bocas Camp Workshop session, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 868-222-70992017 Bocas Vacation Camp Workshop with Jade Drakes
169 Photos#FCNPS2017 saw thirteen contestants give their all on the slam stage, with Camryn L. Bruno emerging victorious! Alex Stewart and Idrees Jali Saleem copped second and third places respectively, with a total pool of $80,000 being awarded by First Citizens on the night.
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - First Citizens National Poetry Slam
106 PhotosDay Five of #bocas2017 saw tribute readings to Derek Alton Walcott; panel discussions with Richard Georges, Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Rajiv Mohabir, Safiya Sinclair, Gillian Lucky, Debbie Jacob, Baz Dreisinger; #Dragonzilla's 7th birthday party; a performance from Raymond Ramcharitar's The Lion Makers; a Human Rights open mic; the launch of Jennifer Rahim's new collection from Peepal Tree Press, plus more!
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - April 30th
70 PhotosThis year's #bocas2017 OCM and Henry Swanzy award ceremony celebrated the past while looking forward to the future, beginning with a tribute to the late Giselle Rampaul. 2017 Bocas Henry Swanzy winner Joan Dayal of Paper Based Bookshop received her award from Marina Salandy-Brown, and both NGC's Lisa Burkett and OCM's Gregory Camejo pledged their organizations' ongoing support to Bocas.
Kei Miller took home the overall OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, as well as the Fiction Award, for his novel Augustown. Joining him on winners' row were Safiya Sinclair, winner of the Poetry Award; and the family of the late Angelo Bissessarsingh, who accepted the Non Fiction Award on his behalf.
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - OCM Bocas Prize & Bocas Henry Swanzy Award Ceremony
167 PhotosDay four of #bocas2017 brought our Carnival traditions to the forefront, with "Human, Right?", Bocas' inaugural ole mas competition! Other highlights of the day included part two of Stand and Deliver, with Colin Robinson, Soy Forde, Angelique V. Nixon and others; workshops with Godfrey Smith and Rosamond S. King; a Telling Tales session with Miguel Browne; panels with Ishion Hutchinson, Edward Baugh; Marcia Douglas Rootsword Woman; Kei Miller; Johnny Temple; Peter Kimani; Eliot Weinberger; a full day of NGC Bocas Children's Lit Fest activities; a presentation by our friends at the Writers' Union of Trinidad and Tobago, plus more!
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - April 29th
38 PhotosOn April 28th, we explored the darker side of contemporary Trinidad and Tobago at #bocas2017 with Earl Lovelace, co-editor of a new anthology of classic noir writing from Akashic Books, plus writers Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw and Sharon Millar, alongside Anthony Joseph, Kevin Jared Hosein, Ayanna Gillian Lloyd and more! The evening was hosted by Bartels Efua Elisha, and featured a sublime peformance by Vaughnette Bigford.
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - Noir by Night
133 PhotosDay Three of #bocas2017 featured a stunning Stand and Deliver lineup with Louis JE Lee Sing, Gilberte O'Sullivan, Jannine Horsford and more; panels with Aliyyah Eniath, Queen Macoomeh, Nancy Morejón, Annalee Davis, Rex Dixon and Kriston Chen; an artist's talk with Kwynn Johnson; workshops in the classics and YA lit with Ishion Hutchinson and Barry Goldblatt respectively; and a riveting Human Rights discussion on the values of a free press, with Wesley Gibbings, Asha Javeed, Peter Kimani and Andy Johnson.
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - April 28th
57 PhotosOn April 27th, verse was in full bloom at #bocas2017's Poetry Forward, with feature readings from Forward Prizes for Poetry winners Kei Miller and Vahni Capildeo, followed by a panel with Susannah Herbert, director of the Forward Arts Foundation, and an exquisite performance by Gillian Moor.
Four brand-new books of poems made their debut on the Poetry Forward stage: Andre Bagoo's Pitch Lake (Peepal Tree Press); Richard Georges' Make Us All Islands (Shearsman Books); Rosamond S. King's Rock | Salt | Stone (Nightboat Books); Shivanee N. Ramlochan's Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press).
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - Poetry Forward
189 PhotosDay Two of #bocas2017 was packed to the rafters with books, authors, and more! Dr Keith Rowley engaged in a candid one on one session with our Deputy Festival Director Funso Aiyejina; a full day of tributes and remembrances to C.L.R. James was marked; the 2017 CODE Org Burt Award winners read from their top-awarded titles; the #PavementPoets lead by Deneka Thomas took to the Brian Lara Promenade, plus so much more!
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - April 27th
81 PhotosAt the #bocas2017 opening reception on April 26th, Viviana Prado-Núñez (Puerto Rico/USA) received the first prize of $10,000 CAD for her self-published novel, The Art of White Roses. Kevin Jared Hosein (Trinidad & Tobago) won the second prize of $7000 CAD for his unpublished novel The Beast of Kukuyo, and Lisa Allen-Agostini (Trinidad & Tobago) took home the $5000 CAD third prize for her unpublished novel Waiting for the Bus.
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - Opening Reception & CODE Burt Award Winners'Showcase
107 PhotosThe first day of #bocas2017 brought with it a master class workshop in poetry under the watchful eye of Vahni Capildeo; a conservation workshop hosted by our National Library and Information System Authority - NALIS colleagues; a series of free seminars for budding writers, with expert talks from Franka Philip, Malaika Adero, Nicole Dennis-Benn and Betty Peter; Voices from Inside - T&T #VoicesTT; plus LIT | On Fleek, an LGBT evening of readings at Euphoria Lounge!
All photos by Marlon James, official Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2017 - April 26th
91 PhotosRunning from 9 to 11 March, 2017, and based at UWI’s St. Augustine campus, the workshop brought together budding and established arts writers for three days of intensive, hands-on training in writing about film.
The workshop was led by Jason Solomons, independent film critic based in London. Solomons is a regular critic on BBC News, Sky News, and BBC Radio and is the former Chairman of the London Film Critics' Circle. His book Woody Allen: Film by Film was published in 2015. His latest film and documentary reviews and interviews can be found on his website, www.jasonsolomons.com.
This workshop was hosted by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, in partnership with the British Council Caribbean and the UWI St. Augustine: Film Programme.
All photos by Marlon James, official #bocas2017 photographer.2017 Film Reviewing Workshop with Jason Solomons
74 PhotosTwenty-five years ago Lawrence Scott’s groundbreaking Witchbroom appeared. It was his debut novel and has become a classic work of Caribbean literature.
The new edition of Witchbroom, published by Papillote Press with a foreword by the author, is now available at Paper Based Bookshop at the Hotel Normandie where it was launched as a 2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest pre-festival event on Saturday 18 March. The launch featured readings and discussion by Scott, Kenneth Ramchand, Earl Lovelace, Barbara Jenkins and Marina Salandy-Brown.
Photographs by Micko Burnard Logie of Impact Media.25 Years of Witchbroom - a #bocas2017 Pre-Festival Event
36 PhotosThe NGC Bocas Lit Fest's seventh annual media launch was held on Wednesday, March 22nd, at the First Floor Seminar Room of The National Library, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. The launch speakers included Marina Salandy-Brown, Festival Founder and Director, NGC Bocas Lit Fest; Lisa Burkett, Manager, Corporate Communications, National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago; Jason Julien, Deputy CEO, Business Development, First Citizens; Gregory Camejo, Group Executive, Corporate Services, One Caribbean Media Ltd.; Grace Achoy, Deputy Executive Director, The National Library (NALIS).Official Media Launch of the 2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest
55 PhotosDragonzilla and all his friends were in high gear at #southbocas2016 - a full, excitement-packed roster of children's events ran parallel to the adult sessions. The weekend featured workshops by Avion Crooks; playshops by Deneka Thomas and Micko Burnard Logie of The 2 Cents Movement; hands-on farming-friendly adventures for young green thumbs by Omardath Maharaj - Agricultural Economist; a fun-filled tutorial by Tamara Lewis, craft in action by Alianna Grant and a magic show by Perspective James!
All images by Marlon James, official NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.Children's Events at the 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest South
169 PhotosOn November 12th and 13th, #southbocas2016 was in full swing at the San Fernando Hill, with two packed days of readings, discussions, theatre performances, spoken word showcases, and more, plus valuable collaborations with Green Screen- The Environmental Film Festival, The Oratory Foundation and NGC Sanfest and Mr & Miss NGC Sanfest.
All images by Marlon James, official NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.The 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest South
23 PhotosOff we were to Chef Bianca’s, also in St Joseph, for the second part of the Bocas Food Matters field trip! Chef Bianca Bianco is a trained chef, specialised in French and Italian cuisine, who lived in the US for 30+ years. Since her return to Trinidad a few years ago, she has taken to experimenting with local produce in her application of western classic techniques.
Chef took participants through a series of tasting exercises, engaged them on ways to discuss and describe food, and elaborated on her rediscovery of local foods and her passion for creating balanced, delectable, healthful dishes – a lot like the ones devoured by participants and Bocas staff alike!
Like the best experiences anywhere, the afternoon chez Chef Bianca was filled with the best ingredients: great company & conversation, good wine - courtesy Bryden’s - and an exquisite meal! Oh, and there were cute aprons, too - thanks to HADCO!
Much thanks again to the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries for its wonderful support!"Food Matters" - Session 2, part 2 - Photos by Danielle Delon
24 PhotosLast Saturday we started the second leg of the Bocas Food Matters food writing workshop on a high, literally! A few anxious minutes of skidding tyres and treacherous reversing on the oddly-cut corner of a wet, concrete slope, was only the start of an adventure with local chocolate maker and activist, Gillian Goddard at her comfortably nestled Ortinola homestead. Her living space is home to the Sun Eaters brand of chocolate, made locally from the 100% world-famous Trinitario beans.
Gillian took us through the process of making chocolate – from bean to bar. She shared insights into the role of chocolate-making in bringing together and empowering rural communities, as well as her lived experience working with cocoa farmers and ordinary members of these communities.
Much to the delight of the Food Matters participants, Gillian teamed up with Chef Moy of Moy’s Gluten Free Kitchen to give participants a taste of what’s deliciously possible using our traditional, locally grown food sources!
Special thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Fisheries for getting on board."Food Matters" - Session 2, Part 1. Photos by Danielle Delon
7 PhotosAn intensive, immersive three day workshop running through the weekends of September, "Food Matters" puts industry professionals in one-on-one, hands-on communication with food bloggers, writers and critics.The 2016 Bocas "Food Matters" Food Writing Workshop
30 PhotosThis vacation, our team members Ariana Maria Herbert and Marielle Forbes brought storytelling to the centre stage of Camp iCaribbean! Bocas was delighted to host an interactive storytelling session, which included a description of the elements of a good tale. Youngsters also had the chance to weave their own collaborative story, using prompts and guidelines from Marielle and Ariana!
All photographs © Isaiah McClean.The NGC Bocas Lit Fest at Camp iCaribbean 2016!
95 PhotosIn an epic showdown among fourteen wildly talented mistresses & masters of the spoken word mic, Seth Sylvester emerged victorious on May 1st, 2016, taking home the coveted $20,000 cheque from First Citizens. Runners-up in second and third place were Kyle Hernandez and Idrees Saleem, in a keenly-battled slam judged by Wendell Manwarren; Nailah Imoja; Laurence Breiner; Nicholas Sosa and chief judge, Paul Keens-Douglas.
All photos © Marlon James, official 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.The 2016 First Citizens National Poetry Slam
101 PhotosThe final day of #bocas2016 brought with it rain and glad tidings, including a Shakespeare panel; an anthology celebrating the creative legacies of Shakespeare & Cervantes; Peepal Tree Press' core team ruminating on their house's 30th birthday; an open mic dedicated to the Bard; a trio of Sunday book launches from three of Trinidad's finest; a musical and poetic celebration of the Ramayana -- topped off by readings from the 2016 OCM Bocas Prizewinners!
All photos © Marlon James, official 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2016 - May 1st
173 PhotosA speculative fiction panel side by side a discussion on human rights; a convocation of war chants from the Black Indian traditional masqueraders; workshops on critical writing and multilingual poems; a rafter-packed one on one session with Marlon James; tributes to Wilson Harris and Victor Questel; a live performance of the River of Freedom concert at Trinity Cathedral: all of these #bocas2016 happenings, plus more, led up to the day's highlight events: the conferral of this year's Bocas Henry Swanzy Award to Jeremy Poynting of Peepal Tree Press, and the announcement of the OCM Bocas Prize, won by Olive Senior for her collection of stories, The Pain Tree!
All photos © Marlon James, official 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2016 - Saturday 30th
248 PhotosPoetry panels; a new anthology launch of short fiction; a workshop on young adult storytelling; a masterclass in fiction writing with Marlon James; a one-on-one session with 2016's OCM Bocas Chief Judge, Dionne Brand: as if all these gems (and others!) weren't abundance itself, Friday 29th also hosted the CODE Burt Award ceremony, awarding three exceptional writers of young adult fiction, led by Tamika Gibson.
In our #bocas2016 evening lime, the Bard received plaudits and political reworkings at the Big Black Box mic, and Marlon James was honoured with 3canal's envisioning of The Book of Night Women -- it was a party not even the rain could quell!
All photos © Marlon James, official 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2016 - Friday 29th
196 PhotosA panel celebrating Sparrow's wit and wordplay; Wide Sargasso Sea's 50th birthday; fiction workshops and panels on place, ancestry and imagination -- plus a speculative fiction anthology launch at De Nu Pub: these were a handful of our #bocas2016 gems on Thursday, April 28th!
All photos © Marlon James, official 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2016 - Thursday, April 28th
86 PhotosA crime fiction masterclass; a series of free seminars on polishing and readying a manuscript for publication, followed by an invigorating debate on the state of cricket: these were a few of our #bocas2016 highlights on Wednesday, April 27th!
All photos © Marlon James, official 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest photographer.#bocas2016 - Wednesday, April 27th
154 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The NGC Bocas Lit Fest South - San Fernando Hill
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26 PhotosUnless otherwise noted, all photos by Danielle Delon, Director of the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Tobago
67 PhotosWit, wordplay and dazzling showmanship set the Globe Theatre alight on May 3rd at the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest's grand closing event. A fierce contingent of finalists squared off for the $20,000 jackpot, with Akile Wallace taking first place. Derron Sandy and Kleon McPherson earned second and third places, respectively. The National Poetry Slam is sponsored by First Citizens.
All photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2015 Verses Bocas National Poetry Slam Finals!
28 PhotosFour books by Trinidadian writers made their official debut at the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest: The Ten Days Executive: Stories by Rhoda Bharath; Swallowing the Sky by Lisa Allen-Agostini; The Whale House by Sharon Millar, and Burn by Andre Bagoo. The titles from Peepal Tree Press, Cane Arrow Press and @Shears were celebrated at the Old Fire Station, in one of #bocas2015's banner events.Sunday Launch at the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest
51 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day Five
127 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day Four
48 PhotosThe winners of the second annual Burt Award for Literature - Imam Baksh, Diana McCaulay and Lynn Joseph - were announced at the Old Fire Station on May 1st. The CODE Burt Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in writing for young adult audiences, and are a vital part of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.2015 CODE Burt Award Ceremony
118 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day Three
35 PhotosOn April 30th, at the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Coming Up Hot: Best New Poets from the Caribbean, was celebrated at an official launch presented in partnership with Peekash Press and Commonwealth Writers. Editors Jeremy Poynting and Johnny Temple introduced readings from four of the anthology's eight contributors: Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Ruel Johnson, Shivanee Ramlochan, and Colin Robinson.Peekash Presents: Official Launch of Coming Up Hot
103 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day Two
67 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day One
69 PhotosThe Big Idea! Mind Change
Leading neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield explained how digital technology is changing the way we think and behave -- and what that means for entrepreneurs and business leaders. Greenfield delivered her talk to a packed audience, and signed several copies of her book afterwards.The 2015 NGC Bocas Lecture with Baroness Susan Greenfield
49 PhotosThis year's festival had its official launch on Wednesday, March 18th, at the First Floor Seminar Room of The National Library, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. The launch speakers included Marina Salandy-Brown, Festival Director, NGC Bocas Lit Fest; Wynda Chandler, Head of Community Relations, National Gas Company; Sharon L. Christopher, Deputy CEO, Corporate Administration, First Citizens; Gregory Camejo, Group Executive, Corporate Services, One Caribbean Media Ltd; Donna Hall-Comissiong, Heritage Library, NALIS, and Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development.
All photos by Marlon James, 2015 Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.Official Media Launch of the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest
94 PhotosAll photos by Mickel Alexander, official #bocassouth2014 photographer.The NGC Bocas Lit Fest South 2014 - November 9th
75 PhotosAll photos by Mickel Alexander, official #bocassouth2014 photographer.The NGC Bocas Lit Fest South 2014 - November 8th
68 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day Three
95 PhotosAll photos by Marlon James, 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Photographer.The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day Two
35 PhotosAll images by 2014 Festival Photographer, Marlon James.The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest - Day One
20 PhotosOn March 25th, five exciting T & T talents in prose fiction shared their work with a receptive Alice Yard audience. The readers were Barbara Jenkins, Sharon Millar, Vashti Bowlah, Alake Pilgrim and Monique Roffey.
Official Bocas blog coverage of the event can be read here: https://www.bocaslitfest.com/2014/a-bocas-evening-at-alice-yard-five-by-night-new-fiction-from-t-t/
All photographs taken by Kathleen Tompsett, Programme Assistant, Bocas Lit Fest.Bocas 2014 Pre-Festival Reading at Alice Yard - Five by Night
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30 PhotosKeynote speaker: Marlon James, Writers' Panel: Irvine Welsh, Hannah Lowe, Vahni Capildeo, Chair: Marina Warner [All photographs taken by Maria Nunes, Official Festival Photographer.]Edinburgh World Writers Conference - A National Literature?