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Pavement Poets reflect on “a year of change”

A new year is a chance to reflect on the changes we face and the changes we need. In this special edition of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s Pavement Poets series, five of T&T’s most talented spoken word poets share their hopes for 2022

Bocas prepares for decade two

The Bocas Lit Fest is perhaps the most successful NGO to launch in Trinidad and Tobago in this millennium. In December 2010 it was registered as a not-for-profit organisation, and in April 2011 T&T had its first fully-fledged annual literary festival. It has kept coming back, year after year, not missing a beat, even through

Blogger Harmony Farrell wins Youth Writer Award

We enjoyed her writing and appreciated her commentary on topical issues which demonstrates a critical approach that is much needed in the mainstream. We believe Harmony’s work will have widespread reach and great impact. We strongly feel she has the potential to become a voice for her generation.” Franka Philip, Head Judge, NGC Bocas Youth

12 Days of Reading: 14-25 December

Over twelve consecutive days during the festivities of Christmas,  we’ll celebrate Caribbean literature on our social media with “12 Days of Reading”! At the top of the current international agenda are the extreme perils of climate change, and the Caribbean archipelago is particularly endangered by the increasing  pace of global warming. In 12 Days of

Introducing The Write Away! Poetry Series

English Literature students and teachers will soon have access to a digital course that focuses on Caribbean poetry and features local poets and literary experts. All interested schools and teachers can find out more and register to be a part of the Write Away! Poetry Series here. Write Away! (Year Two) will roll out to

“Mangoes” wins the Children’s Book Prize!

When Life Gives You Mangoes, by Jamaican Kereen Getten, has won the first-ever Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize, 2021. Getten, who grew up in Jamaica and now lives in the UK, has previously written short stories for multiple publications including Notts Review and Adhoc Fiction, and was nominated for Best Short Fiction 2018. Her

Limited time offer: 15% off Friends of Bocas annual subscription!

Jumpstart Christmas with a Friends of Bocas Gift Card for your family and friends. You can also treat yourself, as for a limited time only, you can take 15% off the subscription tier of your choice. In the spirit of giving, your gift(s) will also support our important work and literary community. There really is

Call for submissions to a fiction and poetry anthology to be published by Peekash Press

Unstitching silence: Fiction and poetry by Caribbean writers on gender-based violence  Presented by the WHO and the UN as a global public health crisis, gender-based violence (GBV) is particularly pervasive in Anglophone Caribbean countries, which have some of the highest rates of reported rape and femicide in the world. Homophobic and transphobic violence is also

Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowship

Call for applications: Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships 2022

Seeking out new literary talent and supporting budding writers has been high on the Bocas Lit Fest’s agenda from the start. As 2021 draws to a close, we are delighted to announce two new Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships, to be awarded simultaneously in 2022 to early-career Caribbean-based writers in English. Each fellowship includes a cash

Young writer David Ryan featured in the T&T Newsday!

We were thrilled to see young writer David Ryan featured in the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday newspaper on Sunday 31 October! David’s story “A Familiar Prison” placed first in the five-to-eight age category of the 2021 NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Dragonzilla Short Story Writing Challenge. In the article, he shares how he turned his

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Pavement Poets reflect on “a year of change”

A new year is a chance to reflect on the changes we face and the changes we need. In this special edition of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s Pavement Poets series, five of T&T’s most talented spoken word poets share their hopes for 2022

Bocas prepares for decade two

The Bocas Lit Fest is perhaps the most successful NGO to launch in Trinidad and Tobago in this millennium. In December 2010 it was registered as a not-for-profit organisation, and in April 2011 T&T had its first fully-fledged annual literary festival. It has kept coming back, year after year, not missing a beat, even through

Blogger Harmony Farrell wins Youth Writer Award

We enjoyed her writing and appreciated her commentary on topical issues which demonstrates a critical approach that is much needed in the mainstream. We believe Harmony’s work will have widespread reach and great impact. We strongly feel she has the potential to become a voice for her generation.” Franka Philip, Head Judge, NGC Bocas Youth

12 Days of Reading: 14-25 December

Over twelve consecutive days during the festivities of Christmas,  we’ll celebrate Caribbean literature on our social media with “12 Days of Reading”! At the top of the current international agenda are the extreme perils of climate change, and the Caribbean archipelago is particularly endangered by the increasing  pace of global warming. In 12 Days of

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