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Nick Makoha makes shortlist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

We are thrilled to announce that the Forward Prize judges have selected Nick Makoha’s Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree Press) for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection!

Makoha’s graceful and timely poems demonstrate the power of the best literature to speak of difficult things in a way that enlightens, not merely horrifies. The care in the making and shaping of the poems bears witness to the evident fact that, for Nick Makoha, poetry became ‘a sanctuary from which I can repair the ruins’.

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First ever literary fiction by a Greek-Bahamian writer: Helen Klonaris’ literary debut

Peepal Tree Press is delighted to announce the publication of a book of short stories uniquely shining a light on the Greek community of the Bahamas, making connections between Caribbean lives and the figures and narratives drawn from Greek and African mythologies. Its author, Helen Klonaris, was recently shortlisted for the region's prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize. If I Had the Wings is Helen Klonaris’s first fiction book, though she has published very widely in anthologies and magazines. 

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The new short story collection from Leone Ross!

Peepal Tree Press, publisher of the best in Caribbean and Back British writing, is thrilled to announce the publication of Leone Ross's hotly-anticipated short story collection, Come Let Us Sing Anyway – Ross’ first book in 15 years!

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News from Minoli Salgado

Minoli Salgado's short story 'Heart' was recently translated into Russian and published in Moscow in an edited volume Under the Skies of South Asia: Territory and Belonging by Anna Bochkovskaya. Congrats, Minoli!

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Triskele Book Club discusses The Bone Readers

In this month's Triskele Book Club, Catriona Troth talks to four authors about their response to The Bone Readers: Michelle Innis, Kit Habianic, JJ Marsh and Gillian E Hamer...

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Changes to Inscribe Fiction Weekender

Regrettably we've had to change tutor for our fiction weekend, now re-named CRAFTING FICTION.

However I'm sure you'll agree that our new guest tutor ROMESH GUNESEKERA will be very special, fire you up, and put you through your paces!

Find out more.

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#WATCH: Nick Makoha's Black Metic promo

Nick Makoha, Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London has started the filming of Black Metic Poet interviews as part of his project on the Metic experiences of Black British Writers. The term ‘Metic’ translates as foreigners or resident aliens whose allegiances are split between their homeland and their new country coined by Nick explaining the phenomena.
Esteem poets including Chris Abani, Elizabeth Alexander, Gregory Parldo, Warsan Shire, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker and Anthony Joseph will be interviewed. 

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'I’m trying to write Jamaica into me': Opal Palmer Adisa interviews Shara McCallum

Opal Palmer Adisa interviews Shara McCallum for sx salon. Shara talks about her new book Madwoman, Jamaica and memory:

'I’m trying to write Jamaica into me, keep Jamaica with me as much as I can, despite being an emigrant and not living there. Jamaican history (my family’s story as part of the larger story of the country) and culture (in various ways but especially language and landscape, as you note) are touchstones to which I return, as a writer and as a person.'

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Olivier Stephenson on Derek Walcott for Wired Ja

Image: By Jorge Mejía peralta [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Olivier Stephenson writes about Derek Walcott over at Wired Ja.

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The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross wins the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

We are delighted to report that  Jacob Ross has won the inaugural The Jhalak Prize for his crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers!

There have been some wonderful comments from the judges. Speaking of The Bone Readers, judge Catherine Johnson said, 'Jacob Ross is, I believe, one of the most incisive and illuminating writers working in English today. The Bone Readers is a beautifully realised and exquisite crime novel.'

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