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Two new interviews with Loretta Collins Klobah

In an interview called ‘Sentient of how we are related’, Vahni Capildeo interviews Loretta Collins Klobah about Ricantations.

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Loretta Collins Klobah wins PEN Translates award!

The Sea Needs No Ornament, edited and translated from Spanish by Loretta Collins Klobah and Maria Grau Perejoan, has won a PEN Translates award.

Books from seventeen countries and ten languages make up the latest round of PEN Translates award winners. These include poetry collections from the Caribbean, Indonesia, The Netherlands and Iran, novels from Sudan, Cape Verde and Syria, and autofiction from Peru.

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Esther Phillips in ZING: 'I'd love to see poetry explode'

The latest issue of ZING, the LIAT in-flight magazine, runs a wonderful review with Esther Phillips, the Bajan poet laureate. She lists her five favourite poetry collections. You read the whole interview at the ZING website.

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Kei Miller joins judges for 2018 National Poetry Competition

The  2018 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries! This year's illustrious panel of judges are Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron, who will read all poems and in the depths of next Winter determine the next winner, who will receive £5,000 and instant poetry fame.

The deadline is 31 October 2018.

Find out more.

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Poetry inspired by African footballers in Britain

The Poetry Society's anthology Thinking Outside the Penalty Box: Poetry inspired by African footballers in Britain (2018)  can be read online. In the anthology you can read poems from the Young Poets Network challenge winners and commissioned poems by Nick Makoha, Roger Robinson, Sugar J and Kayo Chingonyi.

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Poet in the City: Collections in Verse launches in Leeds

Congratulations to Khadijah Ibrahiim, Malika Booker & Vahni Capildeo - all Inscribe and/or Peepal Tree Press poets!

Collections in Verse is an exciting new national project, a partnership with Poet in the City and the British Library, using live poetry events and commisions to animate British Library exhibitions in five cities across the country.

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The Kitch Tour

Anthony Joseph embarks on series of UK and US events exploring the legacy of The Empire Windrush. Marking the first major wave of migrants from the Caribbean to UK in the 20th century, their arrival changed and enriched our society and culture. Joseph will use his new novel, Kitch, as a starting point to interrogate this history and look at where we are now. Join him to examine the politics and activism, culture and music of the Caribbean on Britain.

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Shara McCallum reads Spanish translations of her poems

Last month Shara McCallum was on an internet radio programme called La Maja Desnuda. The show has been on the air for three decades and features recordings of poets reading their poems in Spanish and English. The programme is out of Venezuela, Spain, and Germany. 

Five poems from Madwoman were translated into Spanish for the show and the author recorded them in both languages.

Listen online.

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Kwame Dawes, Jeremy Poynting elected Honorary RSL Fellows

Kwame Dawes and Jeremy Poynting have been elected Honorary RSL Fellows by the Royal Society of Literature, joining Jacob Ross, who has been a Fellow for some time.

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Jacqueline Crooks at Migrant Voice

Jacqueline Crooks has written about the Windrush generation and moving to the UK from Jamaica in the 1960s. She speaks candidly about the betrayal felt by many of the Windrush generation, but also says:

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