Bocas Lit Fest

This year we’ll bring to life our first youth festival, sponsored by NGC! 

The inaugural NGC Bocas Youth Fest features a spoken word masterclass in July, and then a full afternoon of performance, author interviews, readings and debates by and for youth on Thursday 19 August.

We’ll also launch the youth writer of the year award, the first inter-genre writing award celebrating the young people writing across multiple mediums: social media, blogs, printed press and short stories. Who are some of the young people using writing to make an impact? We are on a journey to find out.

NGC BOCAS YOUTH FEST PROGRAMME

Tune in to the NGC Bocas Youth Fest on either Facebook or Youtube!

With the exception of the Spoken Word Masterclass, the entire festival will be broadcast in one livestream on 19 August from both our Facebook and Youtube pages, and is free and open to the online public. Tickets or registration information are NOT required. A Facebook or YouTube account is not required in order to view the Festival events on these platforms.

The recordings of Festival’s events will remain available for a limited time post-Festival, for those wishing to revisit or view events at their leisure.

July 26, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Some of the stories that we walk around with are anticipating spoken word poetry to set them free. In two days of work, Sandy is offering you the freedom pass for these stories. His easy going nature and wealth of knowledge make learning spoken word poetry an experience that will change your life. Get an …

Spoken Word Poetry Masterclass, with Derron Sandy Read More »

August 19, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Fifteen emerging spoken word poets from across the Caribbean present pieces they developed through the NGC Bocas Youth Fest spoken word masterclass! Be engaged by diverse themes, performance styles and voices, filmed in the unique spaces of this cohort of poets.  Hosted by Derron Sandy.
August 19, 2021
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

2021 Schedule

A special screening of a pioneering film exploring the richness of Port of Spain as a backdrop to some of the Caribbean’s best literary creations. Join host Wendell Manwarren as he tours Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, exploring the city through works of classic and contemporary literature.    
August 19, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

2021 Schedule

We get to know Tobagonian author Sarah Dass as she discusses her debut novel Where the Rhythm Takes You (Balzer & Bray), and her insights on writing YA romance and getting published. Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Where the Rhythm Takes You is a romantic, mesmerising novel of first love and second chances. www.sarahdass.com
August 19, 2021
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

2021 Schedule

Secondary school students enjoy exclusive access to authors on the CSEC Reading List through our Youth Fest’s Author Access Pass. This special series kicks off this inaugural Youth Fest with students Zayna Joseph (St. Lucia), Tevin Douglas (Trinidad & Tobago), and Celestial Marshall (Trinidad & Tobago) interviewing one of our best-loved and best-known Caribbean authors, …

Author Access Pass: Olive Senior Read More »

August 19, 2021
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

2021 Schedule

Who has been the most influential young person in literary arts in the last year? This inaugural award seeks to find and celebrate young people making waves from any corner of literature: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, spoken word, blog writing and even lyrics. Join us as we open the call for nominations and launch this special …

Launch of the NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award Read More »

August 19, 2021
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

2021 Schedule

Two young Instagram bloggers and book enthusiasts, Apphia Barton (@apphiareads) and Saajid Hosein (@musaho_books) sit down with us to explain the growing buzz around “bookstagramming”, what it is and what opportunities it holds for young Caribbean readers.
August 19, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

2021 Schedule

Do youth today have a better future in Trinidad and Tobago than their parents? Young people from diverse fields come together to examine this question, with honesty, data, and passion. Featuring Shane John (President, Trinidad Youth Council), Sarah Prince (environmental consultant), Jasher De Gannes (law student), Kemuel Pascall (former youth parliamentarian), Okera Duncan (entrepreneur), and …

The Big Debate: For Better or Worse? Read More »

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