Saturday, February 24, 2018

Tobago kick-off on Friday


Showing their support: From left Aurora Herrera, Anna Lucie Smith and Kathleen Tompsett.

Mark Fraser

 The NGC Bocas Lit Fest will kick off in Tobago this Friday.  

The two-day event will include a reception on Friday at the Magdalena Grand Hotel, followed by a series of workshops for budding writers  at the Tropical Pleasure Resort in Plymouth from 9 a.m. to noon. 

This will be followed by  “Your Life as a Memoir”, a workshop facilitated by Monique Roffey. The workshop is an introduction to life-writing, identifying your own unique story and how to tell it, plus the ethics of writing about real people. Pre-registration is required. 

Saturday’s programme is also packed with events that draw on our written and oral tradition. From 11 a.m. there will be children’s storytelling with Thelma Perkins at Lowlands Mall and targets children ages six-13. Children will receive a free copy of the NGC Bocas Children’s Stories.  From 12.20 p.m, writer Zelma Cowie will facilitate readings. 

There will also be an oral tradition segment featuring Paper Doll, Midnight Robber, Speech Band and Pierrot Grenade. 

Tobago writers will also be in the spotlight, with prolific writers, including Debora Moore Miggins, Laureen Phillips, Reginald Phillips, Nigel Barto, Isabelle Turner Toby, Jana Moses, Trisha Leander and Kleon McPherson. 

Trinidad writers Monique Roffey, Barbara Jenkins and Shivanee Ramlochan will also be featured. 

Continuing on Saturday at 3 p.m., writers Earl Lovelace, Canessa George, Ann-Marie Davis and Carron Rivers will pay tribute to Eric Roach with readings of his poems. From 4.15 p.m. Nassoma will dramatise Earl Lovelace’s prize-winning novel Is Just A Movie.

A spoken word concert will kick off at 7 p.m. at the Esplanade, Scarborough.

Bocas Lit Fest founder and director Marina Salandy-Brown said the sessions in Tobago are a big effort that marks NGC’s raised profile with the festival. 

She said: “The NGC has taken over sponsorship of the Children’s Festival and Saturday is also the start of the 2014 NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan. 

“Every year it starts in Tobago and continues around the country, ending up at Nalis to run at the same time as the adult Lit Fest. 

“This year the Tobago storytelling event is one of the events in the Tobago Lit Fest, in which we are partnering with the Tobago Word Festival, which is supported by the Tobago House of Assembly.  It is a big effort that marks NGC’s raised profile with the festival—children, Tobago; they supported South Central last November.”