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Interview: Leone Ross: 'Magic realism is just freakin’ fun'

Leone Ross gives an insightful new interview with Musa Okwonga, talking about writing, the sexualisation of women and the magic in the everyday:

I’m writing magic realism for a simple reason. It’s this: it’s fun. I was the kid who loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, who always loved weird crap, and so it took time for me to give myself permission to write weird crap. It took [reading] Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez at university for me to think, ‘oh my God, the adult version of weird crap, that’s so cool!’.

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Maya Chowdhry looking for tech mentor for augmented reality project

Transmedia writer, poet and inTer-aCtive artist Maya Chowdhry is looking for a technology mentor to assist her with a research and development project investigating the use of augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience.

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The New Yorker profiles Ishion Hutchinson

The New Yorker's profile of Ishion Hutchinson is a wonderful read and a great look at his latest collection. In the review, his knack for language is compared to Blake's:

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Maya Chowdhry previews Peas on Earth

Maya Chowdhry is currently working on a research and development project called Peas on Earth. Using augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience, Maya is building on and developing work created via Word of Warning's Divergency. She is investigating with technologists, live artists and potential audiences to create a show that capitalises on the best aspects of performance and technology.

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Fresh Milk writer-in-residence for November 2016: Dorothea Smartt

Dorothea Smartt’s work typically bridges the islands of Britain and Barbados, effortlessly shuttling between local and global scenes, as it weaves a diasporic web. She has two full collections, Connecting Medium (2001) and Ship Shape (2008). In the latter, ‘a powerful work of reclamation, restitution and reanimation’ (Wasafiri) she offers a name and imagined life to the African buried in Samboo’s Grave, Lancaster.

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Tiphanie Yanique in conversation with the Forward Foundation

Ahead of the awards ceremony for the Forward Prizes, Tiphanie Yanique spoke to the Forward Foundation about her work. She spoke about her first full-length collection for adults and the impetus behind creating new books:

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#WATCH: Minoli Salgado reading at Poetry Parnassus

View Minoli Salgado, author of A Little Dust on the Eyes and winner of the inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize, as she reads at Poetry Parnassus. Held at the Southbank, Poetry Parnassas was part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, where Minoli performed on behalf of Sri Lanka.

 

 

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#WATCH: 'A Legend' by Vahni Capildeo - Poem after Nicholas Laughlin

Vahni Capildeo, author of Utter, has produced a film of 'A Legend' after Nicholas Laughlin. Give the film a watch, listen to Vahni reading the poem and let us know on social media what you thought. There's always something special, we think, about a poet reading their work, which often brings to life the words in a way that print alone can't. See if you feel the same way.

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A poem for Emancipation Day

In celebration of Emancipation Day and in remembrance of our shared history across the diasporas, we're sharing the poem 'On Reading Thistlewood's Diary' by Ann-Margaret Lim. You can check out the poem online or by grabbing a copy of Ann-Margaret's forthcoming collection Kingston Buttercup

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News from Maya Chowdhry

Inscribe-supported writer Maya Chowdhry is off to the Arran Poetry Adventure and will use the time to finalise the manuscript for her forthcoming chapbook, Fossil.

She has recently contributed 'Tea with Roget' for an augmented reality app, Beacons for Science, as part of European City of Science, Manchester. Visitors can download the free app during the festival, or have afternoon tea in the Portico Library on 28 July.

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