Extempo Monarch Myron B (Myron Bruce), right,

Trinidad and Tobago and other small island states such as our Caribbean neighbours face particular challenges due to our geographies and histories. Climate change, rising sea levels, high levels of migration, limited access to natural resources and growing populations on small landmasses are just some of the issues island countries must negotiate in a world dominated by superpower nations and their geopolitical entanglements.

These issues will be at the forefront at the 2018 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, T&T’s annual festival of words and ideas, where a special series of events called “An Island State of Mind” will bring together writers and thinkers from various fields to consider island perspectives, not just in culture but in economics and politics.

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