Bocas Lit Fest

Derek Walcott, OBE

Derek Walcott, OBE, is a Saint Lucian poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1992, the Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize, 2011 for his collection of poems White Egrets, and the T. S. Eliot Prize.

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OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature 2022

Latest news: Pleasantview by Celeste Mohammed is the overall winner of the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. The winners in the three genre categories, which formed the previously announced the shortlist for the overall prize, are: Poetry Thinking with Trees, by Jason Allen-Paisant (Carcanet Press) Fiction Pleasantview, by Celeste Mohammed (Ig Publishing/Jacaranda Books)

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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,

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10 year commemorative poster, signed by Jackie Hinkson

Limited edition 10 year commemorative poster signed by the artist Donald “Jackie” Hinkson.
20″ W x 28″ H
Offset printing on 12pt matte paper.

This item is not available for delivery/ shipping. Once your order has been processed, it can be collected at the office of the Bocas Lit Fest, 14 Alcazar Street, St. Clair, Port of Spain.

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The 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us

What does a region’s reading list say about it? As the Bocas Lit Fest reveals the 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us, we invite you to explore what lies beneath a crowd-sourced canon – the real revelations have only just begun! In response to the BBC’s 100 Books That Shaped Our World, 2019, where only six titles

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308 Recommended Reads: The Caribbean Books That Have Made You

It was a joy for us to collate your recommendations for the 100 Caribbean Books that Made Us on social media during our five-week campaign in 2020, and we want to recognise all the books that were named by you during the crowd-sourcing phase. The 308 titles that have “made” you, our audience, can be

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Gene Lawrence

Gene is a musician (finger style acoustic guitarist), a composer and arranger who has performed throughout the Caribbean and abroad, and has several albums to his credit. His compositions and arrangements have been used by some of the biggest names in Caribbean Show Business, such as Derek Walcott, Dr. Adrian Augier, Ellen O’Malley Camps, Paul

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Past OCM Winners

Since the inaugural award was presented in 2011, The OCM Bocas Prize has longlisted over 90 books by Caribbean writers, raising their international profile, and recognised 29 winners, many of whom have gone on to win other major international writing prizes. 2020 Winners 2020 OCM Bocas Prize Winners POETRY & OVERALL WINNER: Epiphaneia, by Richard Georges

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2017 Edition CineLit

The Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival, an integral part of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival that offers authors’ readings, panel discussions, workshops, performances, debate, spoken word, prizes, drama, music, book signings and a full children’s festival.  The festival had a food court and multiple areas to relax

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