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T&T Newsday profiles 'The Return of Questel & Huggins'

Head over to the Trinidad & Tobago Newsday for an article on 'The Return of Questel & Huggins'. The article details how Victor Questel's forthcoming Collected Poems will 'return him to his place among the key Caribbean poets of the 1970s and 80s'.

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Watch Rommi Smith perform 'Room of Mirrors' on the BBC

Rommi Smith performs her poem 'Room of Mirrors', which is based on interviews with people about what Africa means to them. Her performance is part of the BBC's Identity Live day.

Watch Rommi Smith perform 'Room of Mirrors' the BBC website.

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Possible training opportunity at the home of Caribbean and Black British Writing

The Arts Council of England has launched a new fund called Changemakers, an attempt to address the lack of diversity in employment in National Portfolio Organisations. The fund is intended to create opportunities for the development of potential leadership skills in arts organisations and is targeted exclusively at Black, ethnic minority and disabled persons. As an NPO we are eligible to apply for this fund in partnership with a named individual.

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Kadija George and Karen Onojaife join judging panel for SI Leeds Literary Prize

The judging panel for the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize has been announced.

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2016 OCM Bocas Prize category winners announced

Peepal Tree is happy to announce that two of the three Bocas Prize winners are Peepal Tree-published authors! The OCM Bocas judges announced the winners of the three categories last week. Here are the winners:

 

The Poetry Prize went to Wife by Tiphanie Yanique (Peepal Tree Press)

 

The Fiction Prize went to The Pain Tree by Olive Senior (Cormorant Books)

 

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Listen to Desiree Reynolds reading live at the Head in a Book festival, Hull

Desiree Reynolds recently performed at the Head in a Book festival in Hull, alongside fellow Peepal Tree writers Khadijah Ibrahiim and Sai Murray.

Listen to Desiree reading an excerpt of 'Works' from Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories.

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#WATCH: Khadijah Ibrahiim perform Another Crossing

Another Crossing tells the stories of an individual life, of a family, of the communities of Chapeltown and Harehills, and of crucial moments in the making of Leeds as a place where cultures meet.

"Here is a marvellous collection of poems that speaks to Leeds and the world; there’s lyricism here, and history and joy, politics, food, anger, and love. Above all there’s a powerful voice steeped in the Black Yorkshire experience that truly mines the universal in the local.” Ian McMillan

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Maya Chowdhry in DIVA Magazine

Maya Chowdhry was recently interviewed by DIVA, the UK's largest publication for lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Here's a little teaser:

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Listen to Sai Murray reading live at the Head in a Book festival, Hull

Sai Murray recently performed at the Head in a Book festival in Hull, alongside fellow Peepal Tree writers Khadijah Ibrahiim and Desiree Reynolds.

Recorded by Robert Eunson at Wrecking Ball Press.

Listen to Sai Murray reading 'Genesis':

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Jeremy Poynting honoured with the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters

We are delighted to report that Peepal Tree's Founder and Managing Editor, Jeremy Poynting, is to be given the prestigious Bocas Henry Swanzy Award in recognition of his work!

The prize is awarded at 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s festival of words, stories, and ideas. and is named for the late BBC radio producer (1915–2004) who created a landmark platform for Caribbean writing in the 1940s and 50s through the Caribbean Voices programme, which broadcast fiction and poems by West Indian writers across the region.

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