Festival Highlights

A festival-wide focus on human rights issues, including high-level panels debating pressing issues such as press freedom, T&T’s criminal justice system, LGBT rights, and more.

A day-long programme of events reconsidering the legacy of C.L.R. James, T&T’s great thinker, through readings, discussion, film, and an Extempo debate.

Poetry Forward, a special evening event celebrating the vitality of contemporary Caribbean poetry, with two of the last three winners of the Forward Prize and the debuts of four new books.

Thursday 27 April, 7–9.30 pm • Kaiso Blues Café, 85 Woodford Street

Noir by Night, a thrilling evening exploring the darker side of T&T’s contemporary writing, including the launch of Trinidad Noir: The Classics.

Friday 28 April, 7.30 pm until • Big Black Box, 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook

A one-on-one conversation with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, discussing his recently published memoir, From Mason Hall to Whitehall.

Thursday 27 April, 5–6 pm • Old Fire Station

Writers First, a series of free seminars on the publishing business, for newly published, self-published and emerging writers.

CineLit: the Latin American and Caribbean Literary Film Festival — because the best films are based on books! See award-winning films, new to T&T screens.


A special series of entertaining events in the Library Rotunda, featuring storytelling and drama.

Announcement of the winner of the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, a major award recognising Caribbean writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; and the presentation of the 2017 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award to bookseller Joan Dayal of Paper Based.

The announcement of the winner of CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, recognising Caribbean writers of young adult literature.

The keenly anticipated 2017 First Citizens National Poetry Slam, where T&T’s most talented spoken word poets compete for TT$80,000 in prizes.

Sunday 30 April, 6–8 pm • National Academy for the Performing Arts, Frederick Street. Tickets available at NAPA Box Office

Behind Prison Walls: Writers Debbie Jacob and Baz Dreisinger host a special event at the Port of Spain jail, with poetry readings by winners of the prisons poetry competition and guest stars Machel Montano, Kees Dieffenthaller, Anya Ayoung Chee. Streamed live at https://www.facebook.com/bocaslitfest

Wednesday 26 April, 4–6pm 

And introducing the Bocas Book Nook — bring your book and join in! A special festival bookshelf for literature lovers of all genres. There are two rules: 1. Bring one AND take one, and 2. Give as good as you’d like to get.