Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lit Fest writers on UWI campus

 For the first time ever, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, will take a lineup of writers to UWI’s St Augustine campus, as part of a “Festival on the Move” element in the 2014 programme.

Six authors of fiction, non-fiction and poetry will read from their books at the special event on Wednesday April 23, part of the festival’s initiative to take some of the visiting  contemporary Caribbean authors to audiences around the country. The lunchtime reading, which starts at 11.30 am in the AV Room of the Alma Jordan Library, is free and open to the public.

The event will feature three Trinidadian diaspora writers, poets Lauren K. Alleyne and Mervyn Taylor, and novelist Amanda Smyth. Alleyne and Taylor live in the USA, and Smyth is based in the UK. All three are in Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

The lineup also includes celebrated Belizean writer Zee Edgell, winner of the Fawcett Society Book Prize in 1982 for her well-known novel Beka Lamb; Guyanese-American writer Gaiutra Bahadur, whose book Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture was long-listed for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize; and Jamaican writer Esther Figueroa, author of the new novel Limbo.

The special event will be co-hosted by UWI’s Literatures in English section and the Institute for Gender and Development Studies. Literature lecturer Dr. Geraldine Skeete will be the MC. 

All the writers featured at the reading will also participate in events at the main Bocas HQ, the National Library in downtown Port of Spain. The 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest runs from 23 to 27 April, and includes more than 80 events. 

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The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago is title sponsor of Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival.  The Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development and One Caribbean Media (OCM) are main sponsors. Supporting sponsors are Flow, Courts and First Citizens.