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New Closure events for 2016

Closure: A Celebration of the Short Story at Goldsmiths University and Portsmouth Bookfest

Readings from contributors, signings, meet the authors. We hope you can join us! 

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Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2016)

Tanya Shirley’s new collection of poems, The Merchant of Feathers is reviewed in full in this month’s selection from Caribbean Beat, the fantastic in flight magazine of Caribbean Airlines.

Shivanee Ramlochan, Bookshelf editor writes:

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Arts Council England awards Lynne E. Blackwood grant to finish novel

We're happy to see that Arts Council England is supporting Lynne E. Blackwood as she finishes the manuscript for her novel. Lynne, part of our Inscribe cohort, writes,

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Filigree masterclass with Nii Parkes - save the date!

Sat 20 Feb 2016 11-4pm
No. 3 Planetree House
21-31 Oldham Street
Manchester M1 1JG
(entrance via buzzer marked number 3.)
0161 832 3777
Price: £15 or £12 (concessions & Inscribers)
(Book tickets)

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Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers Group with Malika Booker

Following on from our last great meeting, led by Khadijah Ibrahiim, we're pleased to announce the Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers Group workshop will be led by poet and tutor Malika Booker. Saturday 16th Jan 4.00pm - 6.00pm. 

This session will be full of practical techniques for writers - participants will leave the workshop with a map full of ideas for future work as well as a first draft.


Topic: Writing from life experiences.

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Difficult Fruit is 'Best Dressed'

Sundress Publications has selected Lauren K. Alleyne's poem '10 Most Sacred Spots on Earth' from Difficult Fruit for its 'Best Dressed' spotlight at The Wardrobe.

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London: Dorothea Smartt & Roger Robinson at Ronnie Scott's

Jazz Verse Jukebox
Sunday 13 December, 7.30pm
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Upstairs)
47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
Price: £8.00

Peepal Tree poets Dorothea Smartt and Roger Robinson (in his band HorseDreamer) appear alongside Toni Stuart, Paul Cree and Maya Blu at the Jazz Verse Jukebox at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

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North Coast Writing Retreat

The North Coast Writing Retreat is a three-day intensive which will include masterclasses in life writing with Monique Roffey, and poetry with Loretta Collins Klobah.
Grand Riviére, Trinidad
7-10 January 2016
To apply, 1) submit either two poems or 2000 words of life writing (or both) and 2) a short resume of your writing experience to date to moniqueroffey@gmail.com.

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New successes and acclaim for Closure!

Last week we had a great launch event for Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories in Portsmouth at Blackwell's with Lynne E.

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New Peepal Tree website launched!

Welcome to our new website! In addition to browsing our books (over 300 Caribbean and Black British titles!), you can see our latest titles, like the Closure anthology (listed as a best book of 2015 by the Guardian); find news of what’s happening at Peepal Tree and Inscribe; find out about our authors and lots more.

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