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Garth St. Omer 1931-2018

An obituary by John Robert Lee, on behalf of the Folk Research Centre

St. Lucian-born novelist Garth St. Omer passed away on Tuesday 24th April in Santa Barbara, California. He had lived and worked there for many years.

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Peepal Tree authors win both categories of 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Books by writers from Jamaica and T&T have been named to the shortlist of the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize, the Caribbean’s top literary award, sponsored by One Caribbean Media, parent company of the Express and TV6 and radio network.

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A Flies to Whatless Boys: Memory and Archiving

From The Digital Caribbean:

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Jacqueline Bishop launches exhibition in NYC

‘By the Rivers of Babylon’ Jacqueline Bishop
Opening Reception March 30, 6-9pm
March 30 – April 22, 2018
SRO Gallery, 1144 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

SRO Gallery will be hosting By the Rivers of Babylon, an exhibition of paintings by the artist and writer Jacqueline Bishop with selections from three separate but overlapping series: “Dudus”; “Landscapes: Jamaica,” and “Babylon & Zion.”

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Colonial Countryside: Ten New Creative Commissions

10 new creative writing commissions at £1,200 each for ‘Colonial Countryside: English Country Houses Reinterpreted.’

About the project

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SI Leeds Literary Prize on BBC Radio Leeds

The SI Leeds Literary Prize was recently featured on BBC Radio Leeds with Prize Director Fiona Goh and 2016 winner, Amita Murray.

This year’s winner will receive £3,000, the runner-up will get £1,250, and there will be a third prize of £750.  The award’s Prize Plus programme also supports shortlisted writers through a programme of events, workshops, manuscript assessment and 1:1 coaching.

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Inpress Festival of Publishing

Inpress works to support independent publishing companies throughout the UK. Each year they host the Inpress Festival of Publishing to celebrate their publishers’ success and to create the opportunity for their publishers to meet, network, and share ideas. In January 2018, the annual festival centred on the mantra “I Did It My Way”, and was held at Friends House, London.

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Publishing the Postcolonial: Politics and Economics of Postcolonial Print Cultures

Last week, Newcastle University hosted the Postcolonial Print Cultures Research Network’s (PPCR) second annual conference. The two-day event, titled ‘Publishing the Postcolonial: Politics and Economics of Postcolonial Print Cultures’, consisted of speakers from Yale, SOAS, New York University, Westminster University, Newcastle University, Amherst College, and CNRS. The presentations included a wide range of topics and encompassed diverse geographical locales.

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Kwame Dawes named AAP Chancellor

In exciting news, the illustrious Academy of American Poets has named Kwame Dawes as one of its newest Chancellors, joining Marilyn Chin and Marie Howe. Previous awardees of the position have included internationally renowned poets such as W. H. Auden, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich and Mark Strand.

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Learning in Leeds: A Small Press Can be a Warm Place

by Shivanee Ramlochan

The bookshelves here are a revelation.

I’ve worked professionally as a book reviewer for five years, and I’ve been a casual, enthusiastic book blogger longer than that. Peepal Tree’s books have been known to me long before Jeremy or Hannah knew my name, but it’s a different feeling altogether to see them in their place of origin.

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