Monday, January 22, 2018

Politics meets poetry in 2017 line-up*

Earl Lovelace

Since the NGC Bocas Lit Fest was launched seven years ago, the annual festival of words, stories and ideas has transformed the month of April into a season of literature for Trinidad and Tobago, and this year is no exception.
Bocas events have been running since the start of this month, including the Children’s Storytelling Caravan and CineLit, the Latin American and Literary Film Festival, but the core Bocas events begin this April 26, and continue through April 30 at the National Library (Nalis)and other venues in Port of Spain.
The festival has become known for its broad-ranging programme, extending beyond literature to include current affairs topics. Bocas 2017 continues that trend with focus areas that include human rights issues and tributes to some of T&T’s great political thinkers, alongside a slate of renowned poets and fiction writers.
The human rights events at Bocas 2017 — four high-level panels, alongside other activities — build on a discussion hosted at last year’s festival, which brought public attention to some key issues before Parliament and the courts.

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