News day reporter
NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2022 is here! The annual festival is scheduled from April 28 to May 1.
Festival and program director Nicholas Laughlin said that for the first time in its 12-year history, the event focused on a central theme, Four Days to Change the World.
“Change” was very much on the minds of organizers, a statement said, as they sat down to plan the 2022 festival programme. The 2022 festival program of readings, discussions and performances “features writers and others whose work grapples with the immense changes we are experiencing and the essential changes we urgently need to create a more just and livable world.”
In the statement, Laughlin said the season for change kicked off in January with a special edition of the festival’s Pavement Poets video series. He said that continues with the seventh season of the author interview series Bios and Bookmarks, which ran from March 17 to April 21.
He said the children’s storytelling caravan, a popular part of the event, is expected to resume later in the year. In addition, the entity is launching a new YouTube channel dedicated to children, offering on-demand programming for young audiences, which will go live on April 30.
The NGC Bocas Youth Fest, launched last year, will return this year, throughout October, during the first term of the school year, with a range of lively sessions covering writing in all its forms. and genres, specially adapted for young adults. public. The 2021 NGC Bocas Youth Fest included writing and spoken word masterclasses, a dynamic youth debate, and the launch of the NGC Bocas Youth Writer Award.
“The Youth Writer Award is just one of several awards administered by Bocas Lit Fest, intended not only to recognize and reward literary talent, but to create professional development opportunities for Caribbean writers. Our most prestigious award, of course, is the annual OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media, now in its 12th year and widely regarded as the most coveted award for Caribbean authors.
Laughlin said two of the three shortlisted for the award this year — Jason Allen-Paisant, winner in the poetry category, and Celeste Mohammed, winner in the fiction category — are first-time authors, joined by the non-fiction winner. Kei Miller, a past winner of the OCM Bocas Award, vying for the overall prize of US$10,000. The results will be announced in a virtual ceremony on April 30.
He said the Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships 2022 were created to help two emerging Caribbean writers advance or complete their first feature films. These fellowships will last for six months and will include a cash grant, mentorship from an established author, publication of a chapbook, and participation in an intensive online workshop hosted by UK organization Arvon. The winners will appear at the festival.
Laughlin said the First Citizens National Poetry Slam, one of the festival’s most spirited projects, celebrates its tenth year in 2022. The winner will take home a $50,000 prize, the largest spoken word prize in the English-speaking Caribbean. . The finals will be televised to the nation and the world.
Changes in the organization’s leadership also took place in 2022, with founder Marina Salandy-Brown taking on a new role as chair of the Bocas Lit Fest board of directors, Laughlin taking on a broader role as festival director. and Jean-Claude Cornand becoming CEO. .
Laughlin said Stand and Deliver, the event’s signature platform for new and aspiring writers of fiction, poetry and spoken word, where they can share their work with festival audiences across the Caribbean, will take place on April 29 at 6 p.m., April 30. at 4:30 p.m. and May 1 at 4:30 p.m.
“Comprising 20 events and nearly 100 attendees, our online program takes place over four evenings, from April 28 to May 1, simulcast via our website, YouTube and Facebook. All of our festival events are free, requiring no tickets. no registration.”
This edition, he said, will be the third and likely the last in a fully virtual online format.
“All festival events are free and open to the public online. Tickets or registration are not required, and you do not need a YouTube or Facebook account to view events on these platforms.”
PACK IT INTO A BOX
Dates and times
Thursday April 28: 6-9 p.m.
Friday 29 April: 6 p.m.-9.30 p.m.
Saturday April 30: 4:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Sunday May 1: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.