A line-up of some of the Caribbean’s top poets will share the stage at The Living Word, one of the highlight events at the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest.
Iconic UK-based Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, known for his fiery lyrics and forceful politics, will headline the performance, joined by fellow Jamaicans Lorna Goodison, Mervyn Morris, and Kwame Dawes, alongside Trinidadians Anthony Joseph, Vahni Capildeo, and Lauren Alleyne, St Lucian Vladimir Lucien, and Malika Booker, whose roots are in Grenada and Guyana.
The evening performance, on Friday 25 April at the backyard performance space Bohemia in Woodbrook, is “a celebration of the Caribbean’s poetry and performance traditions,” according to festival organisers, and pays tribute to the late Jamaican dub poet Mikey Smith in the year of his 60th birthday.
The event, which also includes a performance by Freetown Collective, is free and open to the public, like all performances and readings at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. All the participating poets will also appear elsewhere in the festival programme, reading from and talking about their work.
Linton Kwesi Johnson is the chief judge for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The winner will be announced during the festival. www.bocaslitfest.com for more information.
THE LIVING WORD
Friday April 25, 2014
Bohemia, 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook