Bocas winner

Incomparable. That’s the word local author Jennifer ­Rahim used to sum up her emotions after ­being awarded the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature at the ongoing NGC Bocas Lit Fest on Saturday evening at the Old Fire Station, Hart Street, Port of Spain.

Rahim, a former libe­ral arts lecturer at the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies, received the prestigious prize for her collection of linked short stories, entitled Curfew Chronicles.

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