Thursday, December 14, 2017

NGC Bocas Lit Fest makes radio debut

 How can you experience all the excitement of this year’s NGC Bocas Lit Fest without actually attending?

Just by listening to the radio. 

Making its debut this year, “Festival Radio” will allow listeners to tune in to Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival wherever they are in the world. All that is needed is an Internet connection.

Festival Radio is a first. It’s the first digital “pop-up” radio station in the world designed to accompany and enhance a major international festival, the organisers said. There will be live broadcasts during the festival at Just go to the festival website and click and listen to hear the schedule of programmes.

Festival Radio will bring the festival experience to listeners around the globe in three ways:

Festival Live: A live audio stream of sessions from The Old Fire Station and a mix of live and recorded interviews, discussions and reports.

Festival Daily: The flagship in the radio schedule, Festival Daily is a daily audio magazine programme featuring news, information, interviews and debate. Available on demand, Festival Daily can be streamed or downloaded from the festival site.

The Festival Radio Archive: Full-length audio recordings of all public sessions will be archived on the festival website and available on demand at the Bocas Lit Fest SoundCloud page.

Festival Radio will be presented by well-known local radio and television personalities Jessie-May Ventour and Raymond Edwards, and is sponsored by Flow. The executive producers are former BBC executive Steve Kyte and Georgia Popplewell of Global Voices.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest runs from today until April 27 at NALIS, Port of Spain. Tomorrow the official festival welcome takes place at the Old Fire Station, Port of Spain from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with readings from classic West Indian literature. (See Lifestyle section, Pages 3 and 4)

Today’s NGC Bocas Lit Fest schedule

Wednesday 23 April


Bocas writers visit the UWI campus at St Augustine to share their words and ideas. Featuring Zee Edgell, Lauren Alleyne, Gaiutra Bahadur, Amanda Smyth, Mervyn Taylor, and Esther Figueroa. MC’d by Geraldine Skeete. From 11.30 a.m.–12.30 p.m. • AV Room, Main Library, St Augustine Campus


Introduction to crime writing

A special day-long workshop on the ins and outs of the popular genre, with prize-winning Scottish crime writers Allan Guthrie and Denise Mina. In partnership with Bloody Scotland and the British Council. From 10 a.m. - noon, 1 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.  • 1st Floor Seminar Room


Poets Malika Booker and Anthony Joseph perform at a rousing lunchtime curtain-raiser for this year’s special focus on poetry and performance traditions. MC’d by Melanie Abrahams, Gillian Moor/Chantal Esdelle. From noon -1.30 p.m. 

• Old Fire Station


Neil Bissoondath, the Canada-based writer, on his first trip back to Trinidad in decades, talks to Kenneth Ramchand about his life and work, and “coming home” to the Naipaul family residence where his mother grew up. From 4 - 5 p.m. 

• Naipaul House Museum, Nepaul Street, St James