Local prize-winning author, Lawrence Scott, launched his new book Leaving By Plane, Swimming Back Underwater on Wednesday at the National Library.
In the first of this year’s pre-festival readings, Scott, regional winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize, was in conversation with two-time winner of the Commonwealth short story competition, writer Barbara Jenkins. Scott’s new short story collection, his second, is both satirical and ironical, tackling serious issues with humour and a lightness of touch that entertained the audience.
In her welcome to the audience, festival director Marina Salandy-Brown said the pre-festival events would continue with the finals of the Courts Bocas Speak Out Intercol on Thursday at Daaga Hall The University of the West Indies (UWI).
Sixteen schools compete for a top prize in this unique championship, which was held yesterday at UWI (Teaching and learning Centre) by the second semi-final of the hotly contested Verses Bocas national Poetry Slam competition. The prize of $20,000 is sponsored by First Citizens.
In collaboration with the “Friends of Mr Biswas”, distinguished Trinidadian biographer and scholar Arnold Rampersad, head judge of the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, will present a talk about his late journalist former Evening News columnist Jerome Rampersad, father, on April 16 at 6.30 at the National Library.
Also in the pre-festival programme are two music performances at the ELC: Jazz Studio at 51 Cornelio Street on April 18 and 19, with Chantal Esdelle who, accompanied by fellow musicians, will play the music of Andre Tanker’s memorable score for the film BIM, to be screened at the Lit Fest (April 29-May 3) in tribute to the recently deceased Raoul Pantin, author of the filmscript.
“Flow Motion”, an evening of poetry and jazz, will round up the pre-festival events on April 23 at De Nu Pub. In collaboration with New Fire, the evening features Ruth Osman, John John and Jessie McBarrow alongside the past winners of the 2013 and 2014 Verses Bocas Poetry Slam, Crystal Skeete and Idrees Salim, both of whom will compete in the 2015 championship due to take place on May 3 at Globe cinema, the final event of the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest sponsored by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
More details on the website: www.bocaslitfest.com.