Bocas in the Press

Each time our festival is mentioned within the press, we document it here. If you find an article that you think should be added, please let us know!


Bocas pre-festival coverage




Festival and post-festival coverage




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Online & print coverage:


Trinidad Diary: Jonathan Ford,Financial Times, May 26, 2017.

Firing the canon at Bocas 2017, by Caryina SharplesTrinidad Express, May 4, 2017.

So you want to write a book?,Trinidad Express, May, 2017.

NGC Bocas Lit Fest at Seven, by Philip Nanton, Trinidad Guardian, May, 2017.

Building up young adult lit, by Erline Andrews, Trinidad Guardian, May 20, 2017.

If youth is wasted on the young, what about words?, by Shivanee RamlochanTrinidad Guardian, May 6, 2017.

Bruno is new slam champion,Newsday, May 4, 2017.

God had a Bajan accent: Bocas winner on novel inspiration,Trinidad Express, April 30, 2017.

CJ at the Bocas Lit Fest,Trinidad Express, April 30, 2017.

PM Keith Rowley at the Bocas Lit Fest,Trinidad Express, April 29, 2017.

Prisoners show their poetic talent at Bocas 2017,Loop TT, April 27, 2017.

Politics meets poetry in Bocas 2017 line-up,Trinidad Express, April 22, 2017.

Bocas CineLit opens with Panama Canal stories,Trinidad Guardian, April 20, 2017.

CineLit honours Derek Walcott,Trinidad Newsday, April 14, 2017.

Children tell the best stories: a new collection from the Bocas caravan,Trinidad Newsday, April 13, 2017.

Witchbroom’s magic rises again,Trinidad Guardian, March 27, 2017.

Poetry slam prize goes to $50,000,Trinidad Newsday, March 24, 2017.

Books can change lives,Trinidad Express, March 22, 2017.

Younger writers dominate OCM bocas prize,Trinidad Express, March 22, 2017.

Top UK critic for film reviewing workshop,Trinidad Guardian, March 6, 2017.

20 best literary festivals around the world,PenguinRandomHouse Writers Academy, Feb 10, 2017.

Growing a culture of criticism,Trinidad Guardian, Jan 19, 2017.

A very good year for T&T writers,Trinidad Guardian, Jan 1, 2017.


Another TT Poet wins UK Award, Trinidad Express, Nov 2, 2016.

From Prison to Poetry, by Andre Bagoo, Newsday, Monday May 30, 2016.

From ode to Desha to unexpected crown, by Julien Neaves, Newsday, Sunday, May 8 2016.

Setting for Trinidad and Tobago Immigration, by Carolyn Cooper, Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday 8 May, 2016.

Marlon James makes hero’s return to Caribbean at Bocas Festival, by Claire Armistead, UK Guardian, 5 May 2016

Jamaican author cops Bocas top prize, by Anna Ramdass, Daily Express, 5 May 2016

Bermudian author wins literary prize, Royal Gazette, 3 May 2016

Trini-born author wins CODE Burt Award, by Camille Hunte, Daily Express, 30 April 2016

Barking up Bocas, by Raymond Ramcharitar, Trinidad Guardian, 27 April 2016

Leaping between the lines, by Shereen Ali, Trinidad Guardian, 27 April 2016

Poetry Stars at Bocas, by Andre Bagoo, Newsday, 26 April 2016

Cine Lit Fest to bridge TT & Latin America, NewsdayMonday, April 25 2016

How I became a “Hard Head” Poet, Trinidad Guardian, 24 April 2016

Capildeo bares all in new book, Newsday, 18 April 2016

Raymond launches The Colour of Shadows, Trinidad Guardian, Thursday April 14, 2016

Children inspire Protector’s PledgeNewsday, Sunday, April 10 2016

Cricket T20: Fun and woes by Marina Salandy-Brown, Newsday, Thursday April 7, 2016

Hiroona – an early literary landmark, by Bridget Brereton, Trinidad Express, Thursday  April 7, 2016

Burt Award finalist Tamika Gibson: Caribbean full of fresh stories, Newsday, Sunday, April 3 2016

13 square off in finals of Poetry Slam, Trinidad Express, March 27, 2016

Saunders tops them all, by Sateesh Maharaj, Trinidad Express, March 22, 2016

Nine-day Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad Express, March 22, 2016

Literary festival has longer run, more features, Trinidad Guardian, March 22, 2016

Three T&T writers among CODE’s Burt Award finalists, Trinidad Guardian, Thursday March 17, 2016

Finalists for CODE’s 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature Announced, Tropical Fete Inc, March 12, 2016

Guyanese writer shortlisted again for Burt Award, Stabroek News, March 12, 2016

Students battle in 2016 Spoken Word Intercol, Trinidad Guardian, Thursday, March 3, 2016

‘An Unapologetic Independent Thinker’: A Conversation With St. Lucian Poet Vladimir Lucien, Global Voices, February 2015

André Alexis, Austin Clarke nominated for Caribbean Literature prize, CBC Books, March 2016

André Alexis, Austin Clarke, Olive Senior longlisted for OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, Quill and Quire, March, 2016

Why do people write stories? by Marina Salandy-Brown, Newsday, Thursday, March 3 2016

Teju Cole on A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul – a novel of full-bore Trinidadian savvy, The Guardian, February 12 2016

Editors take the Spotlight in Georgetown, Trinidad Guardian, January 31, 2016

Language and Reinvention: featuring Trinidadian poet Vahni Capildeo, Start the Week, BBC Radio Podcast

Book, chapter and verse, Andre Bagoo, Newsday, January 24 2016

Forces of Nature Bound in Words, Trinidad Guardian, Sunday, January 17, 2016


Challenging the world to take stock of a new era of Caribbean writing

Trini Novelist wins top Canadian Prize,219807.html

Acclaimed authors preview South Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad Guardian, Sunday, October 11, 2015

Waxing lyrical, the 2015 VERSES Bocas Poetry Slam winner

“Poetry is a matter of bravery” Vladimir Lucien,210796.html

Caribbean literature’s favourite englishman’s-favourite-englishman

For the love of literature

Trini among writers shortlisted for literary award

Bocas and CODE announce finalists for the 2015 Burt Award

The Race for the Hollick Arvon Prize,208382.html

$20,000 for Top Poet

Three-way race for OCM Bocas Prize

Bocas Lit Fest Breaking New Ground

Celebrating Raoul’s Work: 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest Launched

Auditions for the 2015 Verses Bocas Poetry Slam: The biggest slam in the Caribbean, Jan 2015


Bocas Lit Fest Heads South, Oct 29, 2014

OCM Bocas Prize Winners at Babel Festival in Switzerland, Sept 2014

Ready, Set, Read: The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

Bocas goes to Harlem, Jul 4, 2014

Bocas feeds pride in Caribbean Lit, Monday, May 5, 2014

Caribbean Poets Celebrate Mikey Smith, 30 Apr 2014

‘All Over Again’ Takes Top Award, Burt Award for Cairbbean Literature, 29 April 2014

Poetic Triumph for Idrees, Apr 28 2014

‘Whatless Boys’ wins it for writer Antoni…promises to share US$10,000 prize with fellow authors, 27 April 2014

Boyd Tonkin: NGC Bocas Lit Fest is in keeping with Port of Spain’s pedigree as a Caribbean writer’s heaven, Saturday 26 April 2014

Sanding Room only for the Pepperpot launch, 25 April 2014

Bocas on Dub: Bocas Literary Fest Shines Light on Dub Poetry, 21 April 2014

Lit Fest writers on UWI campus, Apr 18, 2014

Region’s top poets at Bohemia show, 18 Apr 2014–Bohemia-show-255832891.html?m=y&smobile=y

Good news story: Bocas here to stay

Bocas Lit Fest tackles crime writing

Workshop to focus on Crime fiction,192354.html

NGC Bocas makes radio debut

Over 100 writers in 2014 Bocas line-up, Apr 21, 2014

TTW, Bocas Lit Fest host ‘HeLa’ production, March 28 2014,192577.html

Tobago kick-off on Friday, Mar 24, 2014

Three T&T authors among OCM Bocas Prize finalists, 26 Feb 2014

Free Workshops for writers of fiction for children and young adults in Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad, 17 Feb 2014

Spoken word in the spotlight, Feb 11 2014

Short Pants to lead lyrics writing workshop, 17 Jan 2014


“Writers must listen, read more”

“T&T needs to read more”

Renowned writers in South today

Bocas heads to South, Central,186318.html

Bocas Lit Fest Heads to South

Young Writers add their two cents

Bocas winner’s cover goes underground–215606131.html

Not Just About Writers: Talking with Bocas Lit Fest Founder

World Writers at Bocas

Visitors Taken Back in Time at the Bocas Lit Fest

My Bocas Lit Fest by Lisa Allen-Agostini

EWWC Debates Stimulating but Too Short by Desiree Seebaran

A National Literature by Andre Bagoo,177548.html

From Trinidad to Guyana by Jeremy Poynting

Revaluing Caribbean Literature in the Stabroek News

Under the Saltire Flag by Kei Miller

Barbara Jenkins – a Poui of a Writer by Tanya Batson Savage

Our Bocas by Stephen Narain

The Sacred and the Propane by BC Pires

Archipelago by Monique Roffey Cops Bocas Prize 2013

Barbara Jenkins Cops Hollick Avron Emerging Writers Prize

Trinis lead Bocas shortlist

Why Investigate the Question of a National Literature? Hannah Lowe Blogs from Trinidad

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest,176633.html

A Gift to the Country

Bocas Storytelling caravan tomorrow–201550311.html

Lit Fest Heads to City Hall