Thursday 24 April

The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest officially kicks off!
Portraits of the city
To mark the 100th anniversary of Port of Spain’s city charter, local luminaries read excerpts depicting the urban scene from classic works by Derek Walcott, Yseult Bridges, Earl Lovelace, and V.S. Naipaul. With a special address by the Mayor of Port of Spain.
9–10 am • Old Fire Station

Introduction to Young Adult fiction
A special workshop writing on writing for readers aged 12 to 18, with Keith Gray. For committed YA fiction writers who have completed at least one manuscript for readers aged 12 to 18. One in the series of annual free workshops for writers of fiction for children and young adults that will be held across the Caribbean as part of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature programme.
10 am–12 pm, 1 pm–3.30 pm • 2nd Floor Seminar Room

Bernardine Evaristo and Amanda Smyth
Chaired by Colin Robinson
The British and Irish-Trinidadian authors read from their novels tackling subjects the Caribbean would rather ignore.
10.30–11.30 am • Old Fire Station

What do readers want?
The CaribLit 2014 readers’ survey is launched with a discussion featuring librarian Gerada Holder, publisher Jeremy Poynting, and writer Roland Watson-Grant. Chaired by Kellie Magnus, CaribLit co-ordinator.
10.30–11.30 am • AV Room

What is a book review, and what does it do for you?
With Boyd Tonkin
The former literary editor of the UK Independent explains what a book review does for writers and readers, and the fundamentals of good criticism.
10.00 am–12.30 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room

Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott, dir. Ida Does
This moving portrait of the Nobel Laureate grounds his words and ideas in the landscape and culture of his home island, St. Lucia, with the testimony of a lifetime’s worth of friends and colleagues.
11.30 am–1.30 pm • AV Room

Readings by eight promising new writers from T&T: Zahra Gordon, Anna Levi, Ayanna Gillian Lloyd, Erica Mapp, Ira Mathur, Gilberte O’Sullivan, Colin Robinson, and Desiree Seebaran. Introduced by Shivanee Ramlochan.
12–1 pm • Old Fire Station

Some of T&T’s best young spoken word poets take their vibe to the streets of Port of Spain.
12.30–1.30 pm • Brian Lara Promenade, Independence Square

Zee Edgell and Lorna Goodison
Chaired by Rose-Ann Walker
Beloved writers from Belize and Jamaica read from their recent works of fiction
1.30–2.30 pm • Old Fire Station

How to turn experience into fiction
With Monique Roffey
The winner of the 2013 OCM Bocas Prize shows you how to identify your own real-life story and turning it into a fictional narrative.
1.30–4 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room

How to Read in Indian
With Nilanjana Roy and Padmini Mongia
One of India’s leading literary critics talks about her upcoming collection of critical essays, and the current state of Indian literature
1.30–2.30 pm • AV Room

Magic Realism and After: Indian English Fiction, 1981–2011, dir. Suresh Kohli
Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel Midnight’s Children was only not only a landmark in literary inventiveness and storytelling, it also marked a renaissance for Indian writing in English. This film follows the trajectory of Indian writing from Rushdie through Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things to the younger crop of authors now making their presence felt internationally.
2.30–3.30 pm • AV Room
Courtesy the High Commission of India in Trinidad and Tobago

Esther Figueroa and Ingrid Persaud
Chaired by Patricia Mohammed
Debut novelists from Jamaica and Barbados read from their new novels and discuss how fiction can tackle social issues head-on.
3–4 pm • Old Fire Station

John Agard and Grace Nichols
Chaired by Hazel Simmons-McDonald
The husband-and-wife duo of eminent UK-based Guyanese poets read from their work and talk about a shared life in literature.
4–5 pm • Old Fire Station

Preserving the past
Authors Angelo Bissessarsingh and Danielle Delon talk to historian Bridget Brereton about the importance of documenting our social history.
4–5 pm • AV Room

The presentation of the 2014 Bocas Swanzy Award, recognising distinguished service to Caribbean letters, to scholar-critics Kenneth Ramchand and Gordon Rohlehr.
5.30–7 pm • AV Room

See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean, published by Robert & Christopher Publishers.
This new art book calls attention to recent directions in self-portraiture in the Caribbean, by focusing on artists who use their physical selves as an avenue for exploration and expression.
6.30–9 pm • Medulla Art Gallery, 37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook

Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean, published by Peekash
This pan-Caribbean anthology of original short stories is based on the very best entries to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Featuring readings by Kevin Baldeosingh, Kevin Hosein, Barbara Jenkins, and Sharon Millar, and a welcome by Earl Lovelace.
8 pm until • Martin’s, Woodford Street

pdf_downloadDownload the full 2014 Bocas Lit Festival programme here!

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.