The GPI at the Bocas Lit Fest

Sarah White, the GPI's secretary, left for Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Wednesday 17th April for the country's third annual Bocas Lit Fest. She is there to give an informal presentation on the work of her partner, the late John La Rose, New Beacon Books and the George Padmore Institute, as well as to accept a lifetime achievement award. The Bocas Lit Fest has this year inaugurated The Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters which honours service to Caribbean literature by broadcasters, critics, editors, publishers and others. The organisers of the literary festival have recognised John La Rose (posthumous) and Sarah White as the inaugural awardees for their pioneering work as Caribbean booksellers and publishers in Britain.  The Bocas Lit Fest is a rich celebration of 'books, writing and writers' and aims to foster an increased interest in reading and to enhance ideas about literature through its varied programme of events every year during the festival. Horace Ové's film 'Dream to Change the World' will be screened at the festival. Some of the GPI's and New Beacon's friends and supporters are also in Trinidad for the festival including Margaret Busby, John Cowley and Lawrence Scott.

For more details about the festival see the website http://www.bocaslitfest.com/


Sarah White, Secretary of the GPI, at the BOCAS Fest with David Abdullah of the T&T Oilfield Workers Trade Union and Marina Salande Brown, Director of Bocas