Friday, October 20, 2017

Younger writers dominate Bocas Prize*

...as seventh edition of literary festival launches today


The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, will launch its seventh annual edition this morning from 8.45 a.m.
The 2017 Festival, which runs from April 26-30, brings together readers and writers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the wider world for five days of readings, talks, performances, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and more, plus a concurrent children’s festival.
At the media launch, organisers will announce the three finalists for this year’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature and the 2107 recipient of the Bocas Henry Swanzy award for distinguished service to Caribbean letters, plus the highlights of the 2017 festival programme.
The festival takes place at the National Library and the adjoining Old Fire Station and includes a full programme of events, plus a booksellers’ area, an exhibition of new first books, and space to eat, drink, and relax.

Speakers slated for the morning’s events include:
– Marina Salandy-Brown, Festival founder and director, NGC Bocas Lit Fest
– Lisa Burkett, manager, Corporate Communications, National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago
– Larry Olton, head, Brand & Marketing, First Citizens
– Gregory Camejo, Group Executive, Corporate Services, One Caribbean Media Ltd.
– Grace Achoy, director, Heritage Library, The National Library (Nalis)


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