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My Covid Stories Available Now

NGC’s Dragonzilla’s Short Story Challenge My Covid Stories Story Book 10 is the latest addition to a series of illustrated children’s books written by children aged 5 to 12 on the NGC Bocas Children’s Storytelling Caravan launched in 2011. Since then Bocas Lit Fest (BLF) has worked with hundreds of children throughout Trinidad and Tobago

Rashad Hosein wins NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award

Rashad Hosein has won the 2022 NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award, which comes with a cash prize of TT $5,000, sponsored by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited. The announcement was made on Saturday 7 January at an award ceremony honouring the young finalists for the award, hosted at The Writer’s Centre

Deadline for 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature submissions

The deadline for 2023 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature submissions is quickly approaching! It’s our final call for books of fiction, poetry, and literary non-fiction by Caribbean authors published in the calendar year 2022. Find full eligibility and submission guidelines at www.bocaslitfest.com/awards/ocm

4 YOUTH WRITERS SHORTLISTED FOR BOCAS AWARD

Four young writers have been shortlisted from thirty nominations for the 2022 NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award. The inter-genre literary accolade, which was launched in 2021, targets young writers of local birth or citizenship, age 25 and under. Last year, blogger Harmony Farrell copped the inaugural prize. This year, the four writers in the line-up for

Our 2022 favourites — a gift for you!

2022’s been a busy year for us at the Bocas Lit Fest, full of readings and performances, prizes and workshops, thrilling new books, stimulating conversations with writers, our first-ever Bocas UK Tour, programmes for readers and writers of all ages, and so much more. As the year draws to a close, all of us on

NourbeSe Philip

100 Caribbean Books podcast: Desiree Seebaran on Zong!

The groundbreaking poetry collection Zong! by T&T-born M. NourbeSe Philip is the subject of the latest episode of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s 100 Caribbean Books That Made Us podcast. First published in 2008, Zong! addresses the brutal realities of the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans, through a notorious massacre that happened in the late

T&T WRITER WINS BOOK PRIZE

The Whisperer’s Warning: Secrets of Oscuros  by Danielle Y.C. McClean has won the 2022 Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize.  The  Trinidad-born author, translator, interpreter, and teacher currently living in the US takes home a US$1,000 prize. This achievement follows the success of her YA novel The Protectors’ Pledge, named  among the top three in

NGC Bocas Youth Fest 2022 Schedule is Live!

Our Schedule is now LIVE! Download the programme, browse our sponsored opportunities and join us at NGC BOCAS YOUTH FEST 2022 on Saturday 19th November 2022! NGC BOCAS YOUTH FEST is a celebration of literary arts and youth in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean region. In 2021 NGC and the Bocas Lit Fest

NGC BOCAS YOUTH FEST RETURNS

The NGC Bocas Youth Fest will host the youth edition of its annual literary festival on 19 November in its first-ever, in-person celebration.  The free event targets young people ages 12- 25 and will be held at the home of the Bocas Lit Fest, The Writers’ Centre in Port of Spain from 11am – 11pm.

Call for Volunteers!

We’re hosting the first-ever in-person NGC BOCAS YOUTH FESTIVAL on Saturday 19th November and we’re so pumped! JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM! Gain experience in festival + event management and lots more! To sign up email us at workshops@bocaslitfest.com.   Deadline date: November 15, 2022 Powered by @ngc_tt ️ #ngcbocasyouthfest2022 #bocas2022

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