Sunday 28 April



Robert Antoni and Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

chaired by Antonia McDonald-Smythe

A reading by the authors of Carnival and Four Taxis Facing North

10–11 am • AV Room



Should literature be political?

Keynote speaker: Olive Senior

Writers’ panel: Earl Lovelace, Pankaj Mishra, Courttia Newland

Chair: Ifeona Fulani

The second of our two writers’ debates, part of a worldwide series of discussions on literature’s big questions

11 am–12.30 pm • Old Fire Station



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



The Humming-Bird Tree, dir. Noella Smith

This adaptation of Trinidadian Ian McDonald’s coming-of-age novel is set in Trinidad at the time of the 1946 elections, when the vote was being extended to non-whites and the call for independence growing louder. Introduced by the author

12–2 pm • AV Room



Launch of Sic Transit Wagon, by Barbara Jenkins

chaired by Funso Aiyejina

A former Bocas New Talent
Showcase writer launches her debut book of fiction

1.30–2.30 pm • Old Fire Station



Biguine, dir. Guy Deslauriers

In Martinique, at the end of the 19th century, Hermansia and Tiquitaque leave the plantation where they work to find fame as musicians in Saint Pierre, the cultural centre of the Caribbean. But their plantation “folklore” loses ground to the new Western music, and as they struggle to survive, they both open up to the sounds from another world. Screenplay by Patrick Chamoiseau. Followed by a talk on Chamoiseau’s life and work by Savrina Chinien

Supported by the Alliance Française and the Embassy of France

2–5 pm • AV Room



The Books that Made Me

with Roger Robinson, Monique Roffey, James Christopher Aboud, and Lisa Allen-Agostini, chaired by Susheila Nasta

To mark the launch of a special Trinidad issue of the international journal Wasafiri, four writers discuss their literary influences

2.30–3.30 pm • Old Fire Station



Celebrating the 2013 winners

Readings from the three books shortlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize: Fault Lines, by Kendel
Hippolyte (poetry winner),
Archipelago, by Monique Roffey (fiction winner), and The Sky’s Wild Noise, by Rupert Roopnaraine (non-fiction winner). Introduced by Marjorie Thorpe, vice chair of the prize judges

4–5 pm • Old Fire Station



VERSES Bocas Poetry Slam finals and Bocas Farewell

The finalists in the inaugural
VERSES Bocas Poetry Slam square off, and the 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest closes with sunset performances by Freetown Collective, Ruth Osman, Pauliana Padmore of
2 Cents Movement, and Quays

5–7.30 pm • Library 


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.