Bocas Literary Fest Announces Programme

The Bocas Lit Fest is the first Trinidad and Tobago Literary Festival: an annual celebration of books, writers, and writing, with a Caribbean focus and international scope.

The inaugural Festival, which runs from 28 April to 1 May, 2011, will bring together readers and writers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the wider world for four days of readings, performances, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and more. Highlights include:

• The announcement of the 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, the first major regional award recognising Caribbean writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

• A celebration of the 25th anniversary of Peepal Tree Press, the leading publisher of Caribbean fiction and poetry, featuring founder Jeremy Poynting, the launch of new Peepal Tree titles, and readings by Peepal Tree authors.

• A Friday-night “poetry crawl” in Woodbrook, taking poetry off the page and the podium and into some of Port of Spain’s most popular nightspots. Unbuttoned and uninhibited!

• The OCM Bocas Debate: first in an annual series of a high-level discussions of burning public-interest topics. This year’s subject: “Press vs. Government: the freedom to print what?”

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