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Launch: Shara McCallum's Madwoman at UWI, Mona

The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona will host the launch of Shara McCallum’s collection of poetry Madwoman on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), Faculty of Humanities and Education, at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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New reviews for Colin Channer, Shara McCallum, Ralph Thompson and Karen Lord

We've had some great reviews in the last month.

Both New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (ed. by Karen Lord) and Madwoman by Shara McCallum received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. We're very proud indeed!

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Jennifer Rahim story translated to Spanish!

Jennifer Rahim’s story 'Sea' has been translated into Spanish by Maria Grau Perejoan et al. and published in the University of Barcelona's journal, Blue Gum. This is an exciting moment for us, as we hope to see more of our authors' works translated for overseas markets.

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#WATCH: Vladimir Lucien reads poem 'Basil' in Amsterdam

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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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Respects to New Beacon at 50


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Desiree Reynolds: We Are Still Writing against Ourselves

Why do our heroines have to be ‘beautiful’? Can a female character… just be? What is it saying about literature that we as women still produce, if our heroines have to be beautiful? Does it not say more about the society in which it’s written? I’ve recently been a part of a shortlisting process and the experience left me disturbed and depressed. I can’t begin to count the amount of times I was told, by a writer, how ‘beautiful’ the heroine was. How her ‘beauty’ then motivates the other characters and the story. What?

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Patrice Lawrence nominated for Costa Book Awards

Patrice Lawrence, who appears in our Inscribe title Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories (edited by Jacob Ross with series editor Kadija Sesay), has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards for her novel Orangeboy. Congrats, Patrice! We're crossing our fingers for you.

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Adam Lowe, Dean Atta and Maya Chowdhry at Outspoken 2017

Hosted by Inscribe-supported writer Adam Lowe (Young Enigma).

A very special showcase of queer spoken word,poetry and literature in the beautiful setting of Manchester Central Library.

Featuring the talents of Dean Atta, Paula Varjack, Gerry Potter and Maya Chowdhury.

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A Meeting of the Continents: International Poetry Night

Two New Beacon 50th Anniversary Events
On Saturday 3 December at the British Library

Changing Britannia: Through the Arts and Activism
The legacy of New Beacon Books, the UK’s first black publisher and bookshop
By Professor Gus John

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