Around the Corner: NGC Bocas Lit Fest South


The NGC Bocas Lit Fest South is around the corner, taking place November 8-9, 2014, at the University of Trinidad and Tobago Campus at the Southern Academy for Performing Arts (SAPA), Todd Street and Rienzi Kirton Highway in San Fernando, Trinidad. Events include a tribute to Samuel Selvon; readings; music performances; story-telling; workshops; book exhibits; poetry and spoken word recitals; lectures; and more. All events are free and open to the public. See Saturday’s schedule here and more information in the links below:

OPENING: Remembering Samuel Selvon
Celebrating Selvon’s life and work on the twentieth anniversary of his death with feature remarks from Ken Ramchand on “The Other Selvon”, and dramatisations by actors Errol Sitahal and David Sammy.
10.30 – 11.30am

LUNCHTIME JAM: Browse the stalls, get books signed and grab a bite for lunch to the extempo beats of Black Sage and other specially invited guests.
11.30 – 12.30pm • Festival Courtyard

New Writers from T&T: Readings by four promising new writers from T&T: Zahra Gordon, Ayanna Lloyd, Jannine Horsford and Kirk Budhooram. Chaired by Shivanee Ramlochan.
12.30 – 1.30pm

FICTION, BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE: Writers Michael Cozier, Vashti Bowlah and Lisa Allen-Agostini put their own spin on stories from Trinidad’s past. Chaired by Nicholas Laughlin.
1.45 – 2.45 pm

LIFE STORIES: Traveller Jan Westmaas and Maha Sabha Secretary General Sat Maharaj, together with his biographer Kumar Mahabir, discuss their lives and inspirations with Marina Salandy-Brown.
3 – 4pm

WORKSHOP: An introduction to speculative fiction, with Karen Lord
Award-winning author Karen Lord introduces writers to one of the most popular contemporary genres. This workshop is for all prose writers keen to experiment with and master the specific challenges of writing alternate histories and worlds, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopia, and post-apocalyptic narratives. Register here.
2 – 5pm

POETRY: Tanya Shirley of Jamaica talks to Nicholas Laughlin about her newly released collection The Merchant of Feathers.
4.15 – 5pm

2 CENTS PRESENTS: Performances by the best young spoken word and musical talents.
5 – 6 pm • Festival Courtyard

For full Saturday and Sunday schedules, visit and

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