Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bocas Storytelling Caravan rolls into Siparia today


GETTING CREATIVE: Amaiah Cummings, from left, Renna Wilson, Josanne Lewis from Matelot Secondary School pose with the dragon mascot. —Photo: Danielle Delon

Mark Fraser

 The NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest Storytelling Caravan rolls on through Trinidad, having started in Tobago three weeks ago.  

Hundreds of children continue to be treated to master storytelling by a cadre of well-known children storytellers, including Auntie Thea and Lylah Persad. 

Last weekend the caravan stopped in Toco and attracted children from Sans Souci, Matelot, and Gran Riviere to hear and tell stories of their own making. 

During the week children at homes in Port of Spain were treated to their own session of storytelling.  Today it is the turn of children in Couva and Siparia.  

Next Saturday, April 26, the caravan comes to rest at NALIS in Port of Spain at the 4-day children’s festival that runs parallel to the adult NGC Bocas Lit Fest. 

Everywhere that the caravan makes a stop the children receive colouring books with the stories told by children in the 2012 and 2013 sessions.  Danielle Delon, director of the NGC Children’s Bocas Lit Fest says, “The object of the exercise is not just to entertain the children, but to encourage them to invent their own stories; their imaginations are so very fertile. We collect marvellous stories that go into the illustrated books that we will continue to publish annually.” 

Full-length versions of the children stories from the 2013 caravan are currently appearing in the Junior Express on Sundays.  The NGC Bocas Lit Fest starts on Wednesday and ends on Sunday. It is free and open to everyone.  Just turn up. 

Free parking is available in the Grand Stand parking area of the Queen’s Park Savannah during weekdays with an hourly free shuttle service to the Festival Village at Nalis.  The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago is the sole sponsor of the Children’s Festival and title sponsor of the adult festival. See the programme at: