Tomorrow, the first Bocas Lit Fest – Trinidad & Tobago Literary Festival kicks off! And Discover Trinidad & Tobago and Caribbean Beat are proud to be a part of it as media sponsors.
The Festival was founded by the dynamic Marina Salandy-Brown, and among the organisers are Caribbean Review of Books editor Nicholas Laughlin and co-founder and Managing Director of MEP, Jeremy Taylor.
|From left to right: Edwidge Danticat; Derek Walcott; and Tiphanie Yanique|
The inaugural festival is packed with some 50 events over four days, running from Thursday 28 April until Sunday 1 May.
Some of the highlights include:
- The announcement of the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the first major regional award recognising Caribbean writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The short list includes White Egrets, by Derek Walcott (St. Lucia) in the poetry category; How to Escape from a Leper Colony, by Tiphanie Yanique (US Virgin Islands) in the fiction category;and Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti/USA) in the non-fiction category
- A celebration of the 25th anniversary of Peepal Tree Press, a leading publisher of Caribbean fiction and poetry, featuring founder Jeremy Poynting, the launch of new Peepal Tree titles, and readings by Peepal Tree authors
- A Friday-night “poetry crawl” in Woodbrook, taking poetry off the page and the podium and into some of Port of Spain’s most popular nightspots.
- Tributes to Trinidadian Keith Smith and Martiniquan Édouard Glissant, two beloved and recently deceased writers — one a master of the newspaper column, the other a champion of the Caribbean’s unique hybrid culture.
- The Bocas Debate: first in an annual series of a high-level discussions of burning public-interest topics. This year’s subject: “Press vs. Government: the freedom to print what?”
- “The lives of others”, a conversation about the privileges and perils of biography, featuring the prizewinning biographers of V.S. Naipaul, Ralph Ellison, and Frank Collymore, which includes Caribbean Beat editor Judy Raymond among the panellists
- Readings by celebrated Caribbean authors, discussion panels, workshops, performance poetry and open mic sessions, film screenings, music, a full programme of events for children, and more.
So find your niche and dive in! Here are the details of the jam-packed schedule:
- Wednesday 27 April (festival warm-up): programme
- Thursday 28 April: programme
- Friday 29 April: programme
- Saturday 30 April: programme
- Sunday 1 May: programme