Bocas Literary Festival


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2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes, who died on the same day, 23 April, in 1616. In the four centuries since their death, both writers have delighted and inspired audiences and readers around the world with their stories such as ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Their influence on the generations of writers who have followed them, and indeed on literature as we know it, is impossible to ignore.

Lunatics, Lovers and Poets book cover

To mark the anniversaries, the British Council has teamed up with the Hay Festival, Acción Cultural Española and twelve contemporary English- and Spanish-speaking writers to create a new anthology of short stories inspired by Cervantes and Shakespeare. Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Twelve Stories after Shakespeare and Cervantes, which is introduced by Salman Rushdie, has been described as a ‘triumph of collaboration’ by the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Two of the UK writers who have contributed to the anthology, Nell Leyshon and Kamila Shamsie, will be present at this year’s Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago…Read More…