Thursday 25 April



The 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest
officially kicks off!

Writers vs. Politicians

with Martin Daly, Paula Gopee-Scoon, Sunity Maharaj, and
Ralph Maraj

Looking ahead to our Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference debates, local luminaries read portraits of politicians — hilarious, ironic, tragic — from classic and contemporary works of Caribbean fiction by Jamaican John Hearne, Barbadian Austin Clarke, Trinidad-born
Monique Roffey, and Guyanese Pauline Melville

9–10 am • Old Fire Station



Getting started

with Marlon James

For new writers: how to find your subject and voice, and break through the barrier of the opening line

10 am–12.30 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room



Colin Grant and Hannah Lowe

chaired by Ruth Borthwick

Prose and verse portraits of
Jamaican fathers, by the authors of Bageye at the Wheel and Chick

10.30–11.30 am • Old Fire Station



Marion Bethel and Cyril Dabydeen

chaired by Nicha Selvon-

Readings by poets from the
Bahamas and Guyana

10.30–11.30 am • AV Room



Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

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

12–12.45 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



Barbado’ed, dir. Shane Brennan and Paul Arnott

The poorest community in Barbados is the Redlegs, the direct descendants of Scots transported to
Barbados in the 17th century.
Scottish author Chris Dolan discovers what they know about their roots, and what their prospects are

12–1 pm • AV Room



Andrea Stuart and Chris Dolan

chaired by Margaret Busby

Forgotten parts of the history of Barbados, retold by the authors of Sugar in the Blood and Redlegs

1.00–2.00 pm • AV Room



Length matters

with Cyril Dabydeen

There are stories that need a few dozen pages, and some that need a few dozen words. An introduction to short-short fiction

1.30–4 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room



Beyond a Boundary at 50

with Deryck Murray and Arnold
Gibbons, chaired by Kenneth

C.L.R. James’s great book on sport, politics, and society celebrates its half-century in 2012. A panel of sportsmen and scholars discuss its continuing relevance

1.30–2.30 pm • Old Fire Station



Lovey and Co.

with John Cowley

The first Trinidadian musicians ever to be recorded were Lovey’s
Original Trinidad String Band, in 1912. The author of Carnival, Canboulay, and Calypso tells the story, and discusses Lovey’s legacy with Trinidad Express features editor Deborah John

2–3 pm • AV Room



Courttia Newland and Ifeona Fulani

chaired by Ryan Durgasingh

A reading of new fiction by the authors of The Gospel According to Cane and Ten Days in Jamaica

2.30–3.30 pm • Old Fire Station



Kerry Young and Diana McCaulay

chaired by Giselle Rampaul

Jamaican family histories transformed into fiction by the authors of Pao and Huracan

4–5 pm • Old Fire Station



Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor talk to Barbara Lalla about the Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, and our evolving literary canon

4–5 pm • AV Room



Marina Warner

The British author of Alone of All Her Sex and Stranger Magic talks to Lawrence Scott about myths, history, and stories

5–6 pm • Old Fire Station



A Dream to Change the World: A Tribute to John La Rose, dir. Horace Ové, CBE

A documentary about the life of the late John La Rose, poet, essayist, publisher, trade unionist, cultural and political activist, and founder of New Beacon Books and chairman of the George Padmore Institute in London

5–7 pm • AV Room



The presentation of the inaugural Bocas Swanzy Award, recognising distinguished service to Caribbean letters, to John La Rose (posthumously) and Sarah White of New Beacon Books

7–8.30 pm • AV Room

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.