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Though launched just three years ago, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, is already an essential part of the Caribbean literary calendar. Its focus on writing from and about the region attracts authors both famous and fledgling for an intense programme of readings, discussions, peeformances, films and more — over a hundred events in five days. 2014 highlights include a special tribute to Caribbean performance poetry traditions (in the year the late Jamaican dub poet Mikey Smith would have turned


sixty), a series of events on how books and reading can change lives, a look at the Caribbean’s relationship to Shakespeare (the bard’s 450th birthday falls on the opening day of the festival), and a focus on crime writing. Throw into the mix the awards ceremony for the OCM Bocas Prize and other writing awards, the final of a national poetry slam, and an entire children’s festival too, and you have a year’s worth of literary excitement crammed into less than a week, in the busy heart of the capital city. And there’s no better place to preview some of T&T’s emerging generation of star writers, like the ones profiled in this issue (see page 48).


When: 23 to 27 April Where: venues around Port of Spain For more info: visit www.bocaslitfest.com


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