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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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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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Leone Ross, Jeremy Poynting discuss Come Let Us Sing Anyway

Linda Mannheim talks to Leone Ross about her short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway. In addition, Peepal Tree Press' Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting talks about how he founded the Leeds-based independent press that became the largest publisher of Caribbean writing in the world and explains why they decided to publish Leone Ross’s first short story collection.

Joseph Bloncourt, an EMT living in New York, also talks about why he started reading Come Let Us Sing Anyway during his commute.

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Come Let Us Sing Anyway is the Kindle Daily Deal on Friday 8 June 2018

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Redemption song: A 2006 profile of Wilson Harris

The Caribbean Nobel laureate Derek Walcott paid humorous tribute to Harris in a poem called "Guyana", whose "surveyor", his brain sucked "pith-dry" by the sun, is "dumbstruck by a stone". His admirers have included Anthony Burgess, CLR James and the US poet Kathleen Raine as well as younger authors with Caribbean links - Caryl Phillips, Pauline Melville and Fred D'Aguiar. Yet despite a steady output of novels, essays and international honours, he remains little known to a wider public.

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The New York Times on Wilson Harris (obituary)

Mr. Harris wrote 26 novels in all. He is generally included among a group of Caribbean writers (Guyana is often considered a Caribbean country because of its demographics and history) who explored themes of identity, colonialism, myth and more in lyrical, far-ranging prose.

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Radio Free on Wilson Harris

We learn only now that novelist Wilson Harris (1921-2018) passed, several weeks ago, in Chelmsford, England. With him passes, very nearly, generations of highly political, English-language Caribbean literature. George Lamming, of Barbados, remains frail but has spent a life on the Left; V.S. Naipaul, raised in Trinidad, is active and as always, on the Right.

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Angela Carter on Wilson Harris: 'the Guyanese William Blake'

This feature appears in the Times Literary Supplement:

He’s got these curious hooded eyes, he never looks at you straight. And this wonderful sing-song voice, this vatic, musical accent. He’s very impressive. But I don’t want to give you the wrong impression because he’s not like John Berger: it’s obvious that he never set out to be impressive. I can only say about his presence that when he said to me about my son, “You have a wonderful little boy”, I felt it was some kind of blessing.

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Global Voices article on Wilson Harris

Widely considered to be a pioneering voice in English literature, with a beguiling intellect and masterful grasp of language, Harris began his career in Guyana as a land surveyor. The job took him on jaunts to the country's fascinating interior, where he grew close the indigenous people who lived there. The knowledge they shared with him and the majestic backdrop of the Amazon rainforest would go on to feature in many of his novels.

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Shivanee Ramlochan makes Felix Dennis Prize shortlist

The judges of the 2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry have shortlisted debut Caribbean poet Shivanee Ramlochan for her collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press) for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. This is the third nomination for a Peepal Tree author in so many weeks, as Leone Ross was nominated for both the Jhalak Prize and Saboteur Award. If Shivanee wins, she will pick up a sweet £5,000 in prize money.

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