Wednesday 23 April


Bocas writers visit the UWI campus at St. Augustine to share their words and ideas.
Featuring Zee Edgell, Lauren Alleyne, Gaiutra Bahadur, Amanda Smyth, Mervyn Taylor, and Esther Figueroa. MC’d by Geraldine Skeete.
11.30 am–12.30 pm • AV Room, Main Library, St. Augustine Campus


Introduction to crime writing
A special daylong workshop on the ins and outs of the popular genre, with prize-winning Scottish crime writers Allan Guthrie and Denise Mina. In partnership with Bloody Scotland and the British Council
10 am–12 pm, 1 pm–3.30 pm • 1st Floor Seminar Room 


Poets Malika Booker and Anthony Joseph perform at a rousing lunchtime curtain-raiser for this year’s special focus on poetry and performance traditions. MC’d by Melanie Abrahams
Gillian Moor/Chantal Esdelle
12–1.30 pm • Old Fire Station



Neil Bissoondath
The Canada-based writer, on his first trip back to Trinidad in decades, talks to Kenneth Ramchand about his life and work, and “coming home” to the Naipaul family residence where his mother grew up.
4–5 pm • Naipaul House Museum, Nepaul Street, St. James


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.