Words Alive

The best of contemporary poetry and fiction, from an exciting lineup of Caribbean and international authors
Day 1
26 Apr 2017

Voices From Inside

Writers Debbie Jacob and Baz Dreisinger host a special event at the Port of Spain prison with poetry readings by winners of the prisons poetry competition and a list of celebrity guests....
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Baz Dreisinger
Debbie Jacob

Lit: On Fleek

Drinks, music, poems, stories, and a sizzling open mic: come and lime with some of the Caribbean’s best LGBT writers, plus some surprise guests. Featuring Kei Miller, Rosamond S. King,...
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Andre Bagoo
Angelique V. Nixon
Colin Robinson
Kei Miller
Nicole Dennis-Benn
Rajiv Mohabir
Rosamond King
Day 2
27 Apr 2017

One-on-one with Godfrey Smith

The award-winning biographer of Michael Manley talks to Barbara Lalla about his move from active politics to biographical and historical writing.
Barbara Lalla
Godfrey P. Smith

One-on-one with Dr. Keith Rowley

Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley discusses his recently published memoir, From Mason Hall to Whitehall, with Bocas deputy festival director Funso Aiyejina. Thursday 27 April, 5–6 pm • Old...
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Funso Aiyejina
Keith Rowley

Poetry Forward: celebrating the vitality of contemporary Caribbean poetry

This special two-part event begins with readings by Forward Prize-winning poets Kei Miller and Vahni Capildeo and a conversation with Susannah Herbert, director of the Forward Arts Foundation; followed by...
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Andre Bagoo
Gillian Moor
Kei Miller
Richard Georges
Rosamond King
Shivanee Ramlochan
Vahni Capildeo
Day 3
28 Apr 2017

One-on-one with David Dabydeen

The celebrated Guyanese poet, novelist, and scholar talks to Susheila Nasta about his career spanning genres and continents, and how contemporary Guyanese writing tackles the intricacies of the country’s troubled...
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David Dabydeen
Sushiela Nasta

Conversation with artist Kwynn Johnson

Artist Kwynn Johnson discusses her drawing based on Derek Walcott’s play The Haitian Earth, installed in the Library during the festival.  Place as Palimpsest by Kwynn Johnson (2017, Graphite and conte...
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Kwynn Johnson

One-on-one with Nancy Morejon

The celebrated Cuban poet talks to Nicole Roberts about her life and work and the crucial necessity of translation for Caribbean literary exchange.
Nancy Morejón

Family ties

Trinidadians Aliyyah Eniath, author of The Yard, and Nathalie Taghaboni, author of Side by Side We Stand, read from and discuss their fiction based on complicated family stories; chaired by...
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Aliyyah Eniath
Monique Roffey
Nathalie Taghaboni

Noir by Night: celebrating the launch of Trinidad Noir: The Classics

Explore the darker side of contemporary Trinidad and Tobago with Earl Lovelace, co-editor of a new anthology of classic noir writing, plus writers Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw and Sharon Millar, alongside Anthony...
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Anthony Joseph
Ayanna Gillian Lloyd
Earl Lovelace
Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw
Kevin Jared Hosein
Sharon Millar
Day 4
29 Apr 2017

Untold Jamaica

OCM Bocas Prize shortlisted fiction writers Kei Miller, author of Augustown, and Marcia Douglas, author of The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, read from and discuss their novels reimagining Jamaican...
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Evelyn O’Callaghan
Kei Miller
Marcia Douglas

One-on-one with Edward Baugh

The eminent Jamaican writer and scholar talks to Ishion Hutchinson about a life and career in devotion to poetry.
Edward Baugh
Ishion Hutchinson

Telling Tales

Readings and performance of much-loved poems and stories in dialect by Talk Tent artiste Miguel Browne. For all ages. Saturday 29 April, Library Rotunda, 11 am–12 pm
Miguel Browne

One-on-one with Peter Kimani

The Kenyan author of Dance of the Jakaranda talks to Johnny Temple about his transition from journalism to fiction-writing, and the literary scene in East Africa.
Johnny Temple
Peter Kimani

Talk Dat Talk

In a lively, interactive session, Miguel Browne plays with our Trini-English language. Great fun for the whole family. Saturday 29 April, Library Rotunda, 2–3pm
Miguel Browne

One-on-one with Eliot Weinberger

The eminent American writer and translator talks to Nicholas Laughlin about his explorations in the art of the essay, from history to natural science to politics.
Eliot Weinberger

Writers Union Presents

Writers’ Union members share “Epic Poetry from the East”, as the literature of India becomes the inspiration for a new wave of T&T’s writers. Presented in partnership with the Writers’...
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Day 5
30 Apr 2017

Growing pains

Novelists Nicole Dennis-Benn and H. Nigel Thomas read from and discuss their novels of queer Caribbean coming-of-age; chaired by Malaika Adero.
H[ubert] Nigel Thomas
Malaika Adero
Nicole Dennis-Benn

Walcott on Stage

In tribute to the late St. Lucian Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, inaugural winner of the OCM Bocas Prize in 2011, a series of readings from some of his most popular...
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Brenda Hughes

Writing Life

Participants in a special life-writing workshop read their stories, poems, and essays inspired by family documents and heirlooms. In partnership with the Caribbean Memory Project, hosted by Kevin Browne and...
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The Lion Makers

It’s a dramatic history lesson, with a few twists. Presenting an excerpt from a new play by Raymond Ramcharitar, taking a sly look at the relationship between T&T’s first prime...
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Nigel Scott

Caribbean poetry’s new wave

Poets Ishion Hutchinson, Rajiv Mohabir, and Safiya Sinclair read from their highly anticipated new books; chaired by Shivanee Ramlochan.
Ishion Hutchinson
Rajiv Mohabir
Safiya Sinclair
Shivanee Ramlochan

Curfew Chronicles

The ambitious new collection of linked short stories by Jennifer Rahim takes in a broad sweep of contemporary T&T and tackles some of the most contentious events in the country’s...
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Jennifer Rahim