Four emerging writers from Trinidad and Tobago are on the shortlist for the inaugural Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize, alongside contenders from the Bahamas and Bermuda.
The prize, administered by the Bocas Lit Fest and worth a total of US$15,000, will give the winning Caribbean-based writer time to advance a work in progress.
It includes a year’s mentoring by an established author and travel to the United Kingdom to attend a one-week intensive creative writing course of their choice at Arvon.
The winning writer will also have three days in London to network with literary professionals, hosted by the UK’s leading creative writing
organisation, Arvon, in association with Free Word Centre and agents Rogers, Coleridge and White, and receive a cash award of 3,000 pounds sterling or US$4,500.
A total of 65 writers from 13 Caribbean countries submitted entries for the prize.
A longlist of 14 was announced in March, and the winner will be announced at the 2013 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, which runs from April 25 to 28 in Port of Spain at the National Library.
NGC is the title sponsor of the Lit Fest, OCM and KFC are lead sponsors.
The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, First Citizens, Courts and Flow are supporting sponsors.
The six shortlisted writers are:
Lisa Allen-Agostini — Trinidad and Tobago
Angela Barry — Bermuda
Vashti Bowlah — Trinidad and Tobago
Barbara Jenkins — Trinidad and Tobago
Sharon Millar — Trinidad and Tobago
Lelawatee Manoo-Rahming — Bahamas/Trinidad and Tobago
See www.bocaslitfest.com for more information.
About the Bocas Lit Fest
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2013 is the third year of Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival: a celebration of books, writers, and writing, with a Caribbean focus and international scope.
The 2013 festival, which runs from April 25 to 28, will bring together readers and writers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the wider world for four days of readings, performances, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and more—including a very special event, the Caribbean leg of the Edinburgh World Writers’
The festival also includes a full programme of activities for younger readers: the KFC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest, with storytelling sessions around the country throughout April, plus readings, creative writing workshops, performances by children’s authors, and a film screening programme alongside the four-day main festival.
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is based at the National Library and the adjoining Old Fire Station in downtown Port of Spain. An entire city block in the heart of the capital is transformed into a vibrant Festival Village, including performance stages open to the street, booksellers’ stalls with hundreds of titles on sale, and space to eat, drink, and relax. There will also be satellite evening events at venues around the city.
The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the first major literary festival held in Trinidad and Tobago and the southern Caribbean, is a lively, energetic, enjoyable celebration of words, stories, and ideas, with events for everyone—from budding writers to avid readers to schoolchildren. All readings, panels, and performances are free and open to the public.