Friday 26 April



Roger Robinson and Hannah Lowe

New poems by two British-based writers

10–11 am • Old Fire Station



Writing back: the new post-
imperial history

with Pankaj Mishra and Richard Drayton, chaired by Bridget

How are historians and writers from formerly colonised nations changing the ways we understand our past and present? The Indian author of From the Ruins of Empire and the Barbadian Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King’s College London share their views with a distinguished Trinidadian historian

10–11.30 am • AV Room



Jackie Hinkson talks to Marsha Pearce about his memoir of a life in art

11 am–12 pm • Old Fire Station



History as fiction

with Lawrence Scott and Kerry Young

How do you turn real stories of the past into fictions in the present?

10 am–12.30 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room



Lunchtime jam

A selection of performance poets take their vibe to the streets of the city. Plus a chance for budding
writers to share their work

12–1 pm • Abercromby Street Arcade



Wuthering Heights, dir. Andrea Arnold

A poor unknown boy of “of gypsy stock” is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family, where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. This most recent adaptation of the classic novel by Emily Brontë casts Heathcliff as a former slave destined to a doomed cross-racial love affair

12–2 pm • AV Room



Sonia Farmer 

The second of our New Talent Showcase writers reads from her poems and discusses her work

12.30–1 pm • Old Fire Station



Where does “inspiration” come from?

with Vahni Capildeo

As a beginning poet, where do you look for ideas, images, themes? Does “inspiration” exist, and how can you provoke it?

1.30–4 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room



Olive Senior 

The Jamaican author of contemporary classics like Summer Lightning and Gardening in the Tropics talks to Michael Bucknor about how her life in and out of Jamaica influences her work

2–3 pm • Old Fire Station



Same old or same new?: how
technology will or won’t change the way writers tell stories

with Elise Dillsworth, Courttia
Newland, and Joanne Gail Johnson, chaired by Ibrahim Ahmad

New publishing media are already shaping how writers write and how readers read. But will the fundamentals of storytelling remain the same? Two writers and a literary agent discuss the question with a fiction editor

2.30–3.30 pm • AV Room



Fr. Anthony de Verteuil talks to Angelo Bissessarsingh about writing Trinidad and Tobago’s social history

3–4 pm • Old Fire Station



Midnight Robber showdown

Three sharp-tongued Midnight
Robbers — Johnny Stollmeyer,
Kurtis Gross and Fedon Honoré — face off and argue the question, “Should the arts be political?”

4–5 pm • Abercromby Street Arcade



Irvine Welsh

The bestselling writer talks to B.C. Pires about being the “voice” of contemporary Scotland, and seeing his fiction blown up on the cinema screen

4–5 pm • AV Room



Trainspotting, dir. Danny Boyle

A black comedy based on the novel by Irvine Welsh, following a group of heroin addicts in late 1980s Edinburgh. Trainspotting was voted the best Scottish film of all time in a 2004 poll, and ranks 10th in the British Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 British films of all time

5–6.30 pm • AV Room



Teju Cole

The Nigerian author of Open City talks to Nicholas Laughlin about the lines between fiction and non-fiction, and literature beyond national boundaries

5–6 pm • Old Fire Station



A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

presented by the Trinidad Theatre Workshop

Shakespeare’s classic tale of lovers, spirits, and dreamers is given new life as a parade of blue devils, jab jabs, and other traditional Carnival characters find their way into ancient Athens. Time, love, and reality are subject to change, as the worlds of spirits and humans collide. Directed by Timmia Hearn
Feldman, starring Nickolai Salcedo, Afi Ford-Hopson, Kearn Samuel, Arnold Goindhan, Tishanna Williams, Soler Phillips, and Sindy Nurse

8 pm • Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 23 Jerningham Avenue, Belmont, Port of Spain

Tickets $150 for 1, $200 for 2

For information or bookings, call (868) 624 8502

Runs 18 to 28 April, Sunday
matinees at 6 pm


The final schedule is subject to changes. Except where otherwse indicated, events take place in the National Library and Old Fire Station, Abercromby and Hart Streets, Port of Spain. All events (except workshops) are free and open to the public — no tickets are required.

Printed programmes are available during the festival, indicating the location of each event in the National Library/Old Fire Station compound.


Download a printable copy of the full 2013 festival programme here.