Poetry and voices from inside the Port of Spain prison will travel far and wide on April 26 when local celebrities join incarcerated men for the first ever Facebook Live-Streamed event in the Caribbean. Voices From Inside, T&T, is part of the 2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
Machel Montano, Kees Dieffenthaler and Anya Ayoung Chee will be led by US writer, professor and activist Dr Baz Dreisinger in a series of readings from Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World, her incisive, inspiring, critically acclaimed book about global mass incarceration.
Three winners of the My Life NGC Bocas Prison Poetry competition will join the cast of this lively and novel event to read their star poems, alongside other incarcerated men who have found voice in writing poetry while on remand or serving long sentences, two of them already with collections to their names.
Also included in the programme are poems published in Wishing for Wings, the hugely successful account of the YTC inmates studying English for CXC under Debbie Jacob. The much lauded prison band Outfit International will provide the music. Viewers can follow the event as it happens by going to facebook.com/bocaslitfest