Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Check out these cool things to do at NGC Bocas Lit Fest

The ninth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest is quickly approaching and the literary festival is offering a smorgasbord of events and activities from May 1 to 5. 

The bounty of options may be a bit overwhelming considering the length of the festival, so we put together a list of activities that are worth checking out. 


Thursday, May 2 

Writing for Comics with Nalo Hopkinson (10AM-2PM, 1st floor Seminar Room, NALIS)

With comics and graphic novels now firmly established as literary forms, many writers dream of exploring the genre, but how do you get started? Nalo Hopkinson, writer of DC Comics' 'House of Whispers' series, guides you through the first steps of imagining your story in graphic format. 


An Equal Place Extempo debate  (12Noon-12.30PM, Abercromby Street Arcade)

Master Extempo calypsonians Black Sage and Brian London, reigning champion, debate the theory and reality of equality in Trinidad and Tobago. 


Our Music Too (1PM-2PM, AV Room, NALIS)

We claim calypso and steelpan as Trinidad and Tobago's "national" musical forms, but what about other genres in which we excel? A discussion on the significance of and prospects for genres like jazz, traditional Indian, rock, and classical. With Sharda Patasar, Gary Hector, Ruth Osman, and Mark Lyndersay. 


'New Daughters of Africa' book launch (Thursday 6.30PM-7.30PM, NALIS Library Amphitheatre)

The successor to the groundbreaking anthology of African and African-diaspora women writers has its Caribbean debut, introduced by editor Margaret Busby, with readings by local writers Lisa Allen-Agostini, Alake Pilgrim, Atillah Springer, Diana Evans, Ifeona Fulani, and Nalo Hopkinson. 


Backchat (9PM-11PM, Euphoria Lounge, 58 Dundonald Street, POS)

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. 


Friday, May 3

'We Mark Your Memory' book launch (6.30PM-8.30PM, The Writers Centre, 14 Alcazar St., St. Clair)

A collection of new writing from around the Commonwealth reflecting the experience of Indian Indentureship, with readings by Patti-Anne Ali, Stella Chong Sing, Gabrielle Hosein, and Kevin Jared Hosein, and a performance by Sharda Patasar.


One-on-One with Earl Lovelace: Special focus on the 40th anniversary of The Dragon Can't Dance (10AM-11AM, AV Room, NALIS)

T&T’s eminent writer reads from his classic novel The Dragon Can’t Dance and discusses how its concerns and ideas have remained relevant after fifty years. 


'Capitalism and Slavery' at 75 (10AM-11.30AM, Old Fire Station)

Three-quarters of a century ago, Eric Williams' groundbreaking historical and economic study changed the way we understand colonialism, the British Empire, the institution of slavery, and the rationale for Emancipation. Historians Selwyn Cudjoe, Heather Cateau and Caryl Phillips discuss its legacy and continued relevance. 


Capturing Carnival (5PM, AV Room, NALIS)

A panel discussion on the art and science of Carnival photography, with Maria Nunes (A World of their Own), Kevin Browne (High Mas), and Christine Norton (Minshall by Norton), chaired by Franka Philip. 


Time Machine at Big Black Box with star writers Marlon James, Nalo Hopkinson, Danez Smith (7PM-2AM, Big Black Box)

A unique, star-studded night of literature and music with readings who explore alternate pasts and possible futures. 


Saturday, May 4

One From Ten Leaves Who? (10AM-11.30AM, AV Room, NALIS)

Has the decades-long project of Caribbean regionalism gone stale? A debate on the future of Caribbean unity, featuring June Soomer, secretary-general of the ACS, Adrian Saunders, president of the CCJ, Paula Gopee-Scoon, former T&T Minister of Foreign Affairs, and scholar Schuyler Esprit. 


Ole Mas Competition (5PM-6.30PM, Hart Street Arcade)

Words meet costumes and performance in T&T’s traditional protest masquerade. Dedicated to the late old mas maestro Bunny Dieffenthaller. 


Sunday, May 5

Memories of Shadow (11.30AM-12Noon, Library Rotunda, NALIS)

A tribute in song to the late, great calypsonian The Mighty Shadow, with classic tunes performed by his son Sharlan Bailey. 


National Poetry Slam Finals (6PM-8PM, NAPA)

The best 15 will move on to the Grand Slam Finals to challenge First Citizens National Poetry Slam defending champion Deneka Thomas. 


If you want to see the full schedule, visit NGC Bocas Lit Fest's website

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