Distinguished writers Earl Lovelace and Michael Anthony lead an impressive array of local writers in the first NGC Bocas South Central Lit Fest today.
Lovelace, 2012 winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and veteran novelist, historian and travel writer Anthony will read from their work, bookending the day’s packed events that take place at the RIK bookshop in Gulf City Mall, La Romaine, at 10 a.m. and at the new Nigel R Khan bookshop in Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, at 3 p.m.
The Year in San Fernando, Anthony’s successful novel, which will be featured, immortalised Trinidad’s second city but it was not his first to be published. That distinction goes to The Games Are Coming, which was published 50 years ago this month.
Fellow writers and book lovers will be marking the occasion as they celebrate the wealth of Trinidad and Tobago’s literary output, from the masters to the young and emerging.
“We are lucky to have internationally-renowned writers such as Earl Lovelace and legends like Michael Anthony living here and to be able to hear them read their wonderful stories about us,” says Marina Salandy-Brown, Festival director. “Many people recognise that and are keen to take advantage of the opportunity the festival presents.”
The programme also includes readings by and from writers from South and Central—VS Naipaul, Samuel Selvon, Willi Chen, Vashti Bowlah, K Jared Hosein, Sharon Millar, Michael Cozier, Joanne Haynes, and a new generation of talented young poets Andre Bagoo, Danielle Boodoo-Fortune and Shivanee Ramlochan.
The festival continues tomorrow with writing workshops at South Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA) in San Fernando.
Those interested can book at today’s Festival events. See www.bocaslitfest.com