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A letter from Loretta Collins Klobah

Last month we wrote an open letter of support to everyone affected by Irma and Maria. We were very pleased to see this handwritten reply by Loretta Collins Klobah.

We are still without electricity and water… It looks as if the entire island has been bombed. Every street has extraordinary damage and debris.

A few of the impressive sights so far:

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Equinet - Celebrating BHM with Dorothea Smartt

Mon 23 October 2017
09:30 – 18:00
London South Bank University, Keyworth Centre, 8th Floor
Keyworth St
London
SE1 6NG

(Book online)

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Commission Call Out: Eclipse and Slate

Created by Black artists for Black artists.

Talented. Provocative. Innovating. Entertaining. Brave. Based in the North* and Black**.

Slate is a three-year movement supporting Black artists in the North to work on a local, national and international level. Born from a consultancy with Black artists across the region and led by Eclipse, this programme is designed to help you build a stronger, more visible practice locally, nationally and internationally.

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The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

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Confluence and Convergence: An interview (of sorts) with John Robert Lee

In The Town Crier magazine, John Robert Lee talks about ekphrastic poetry and the multiple ways of perceiving and knowing in art-making.

"[...] discovery of convergences is essential to all art-making including of course, writing poetry. And what makes poetry accessible to readers from one’s own culture and those who are strangers to it, is that the writer seeks to find points of conflux, human commonalities (even across time), with which the reader can identify, even though the specific details may be unfamiliar."

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Minoli Salgado in Karachi

Minoli Salgado will be in Karachi on 14 October at the PHEC Conference 2017: 'The Inheritance of Injustice' at Habib University.

She will be talking on 'Writing Wrongs: Literary Reflections on Testimony and Trauma in Sri Lanka' and giving readings alongside novelist and lecturer, Dr Sabyn Javeri.

They will be selling copies of A Little Dust on the Eyes.

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Shara McCallum: 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017

Shara McCallum has penned the essay 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017, in which she analyses Mervyn Morris' Peelin Orange: Collected Poems (Carcanet) and Lorna Goodison's Collected Poems (Carcanet).

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Marcia Douglas & Olive Senior: UK tour dates

Throughout October, two of Jamaica’s leading writers of novels, short stories and poetry are taking part

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Olumide Popoola in conversation with Desiree Reynolds

WHEN WE SPEAK OF NOTHING - Goes to Sheffield

Catch author Olumide Popoola in conversation with Desiree Reynolds, author of Seduce (2013)

An event jointly organised by SAYiT and Sheffield Hallam University, in association with Cassava Republic Press

Books will be available to purchase at the event

Thursday 19th October 2017
6.00-7.30pm
Postal Hall, Sheffield Institute of Arts Building, Flat Street, Sheffield S1 2BA

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Interview with Shivanee Ramlochan by Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey interviews Shivanee Ramlochan for Wasafiri.

I’ve been in love with nasty women long before that term acquired currency as a trending battle cry. This is the reason Kali is the god of my household of one – no sanitised version, but Kali in her black-skinned, murderous, protectorate ire and grace. It’s my honour to write about women who bleed, fuck, dance, cuss, transact and thief without apology, be they gentle or garrotte-hearted.

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