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Tobago starts National Literary Festival Saturday

The second NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago's annual literature festival, kicks off on Saturday in Tobago with a day of events.

The Festival, which takes place annually during the last weekend of April and culminates in a four-day event at the National Library in Port of Spain, promises to be an unusual holiday weekend treat.

The children's storytelling event at the Lowland Mall at 9.30am features prize-winnning storyteller, Glenda Rose Layne. Children get a chance to tell a story too. Drama at the Goat Race is this year's title. In 2011, the children's lit fest, which travels around the country and is sponsored by KFC, also started off in Tobago with 25 children being rewarded for their storytelling with food treats.

There is an additional treat in store on Saturday. All children who attended last year receive a copy of the book that has been published containing the story The Adventures of a Baby Turtle that was told by Tobago children. The illustration of the story provides the image for the cover of the collection, Children's Stories From The Bocas Lit Fest 2011. And, they will hear readings of some of the children's stories from Trinidad.

Danielle Delon, Director of the KFC Children's Bocas Lit Fest and Coordinator of the Tobago events explains: "this year we are extremely lucky to be able to work with some very good writers in Tobago and so we decided to launch the adult 2012 Festival at the same time as the children's festival, and why not on one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, Pigeon Point?"

From 4.30-9.30pm on Saturday 31st, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, supported by the Tobago House of Assembly and the Pigeon Point Heritage Park, will host a series of readings including from Tobago-born former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago ANR Robinson's new memoir, In The Midst Of It, and from prize-winning author Earl Lovelace's Is Just A Movie, which was just named winner of the fiction category of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, awarded annually by One Caribbean Media, the largest media house in the country and owners of TV6, Express newspapers and Hott93.

Also on the programme are well-known folklorist Ed Hernandez, authors Deborah Moore Miggins and Thelma Perkins, Commonwealth short story prize-winner Barbara Jenkins, Tobago Speech Band - The Wranglers, and Tobago Tambrin Band – The Royal Sweet Fingers. The Open Mic readings and performances are open to the public and visitors and residents who love words, books and stories are welcome to this free event, The Pigeon Point Bocas Lime, on Saturday 31 March at 4.30 pm.

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest is a non-profit organisation that receives title sponsorship from the National Gas Company. Supporting sponsors are OCM and KFC. Sponsors include the Commonwealth Foundation, First Citizens, Courts and flow. The Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, TDC and NLCB provide public funding.

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