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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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Vahni Capildeo at Paper Based Bookshop for NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Literary activity is abuzz this April, as Paper Based Bookshop gears up for the sixth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest! It's an exciting time for writers, readers and all those who love books.
On Saturday 23 April, at 4.30 pm, the eve of Bocas, the bookshop's third official Evening of Tea and Readings for 2016 will be held.

The reading also marks Paper Based's 29th birthday!

Four writers will read at the Paper Based podium:

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Lynne E. Blackwood shortlisted for ChipLitFest Short Story Competition

The short list for the ChipLitFest Short Story Competition includes Inscribe writer and Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories contributor Lynne E. Blackwood.

The shortlist is:

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Gemma Weekes is runner-up for Kit de Waal scholarship!

We're thrilled to announce that Inscribe-supported writer Gemma Weekes has been named a runner-up for the Kit de Waal scholarship at Birkbeck, University of London. Though she doesn't receive the scholarship, she will receive 'lots of support' during her MA in Creative Writing.

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Maya Chowdhry talks about Tales from the Towpath, Poetic Places

Inscribe’s Maya Chowdhry recently appeared at the launch of the Poetic Places app to give a talk on her Tales from the Towpath project.

The app, which is being championed by the British Library and TIME/IMAGE, aspires to give a renewed sense of place, to bring together written works, images and sounds to mean more than they do alone, and to bring literature into people’s everyday life in unexpected moments, allowing users to enjoy poetry and literature written about particular locations.

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Inscribe writers at Crawley WordFest

Check out two of our Inscribe writers at WordFest: Crawley Festival of Words.
Literary Feast
Thursday 21 April, 7.30pm
Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
RH10 6HG
A feast of bite-sized performances from writers and poets exploring the rich foods of the globe. Odes to mangos, jerk chicken, curry and samosas.

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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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