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#WATCH: John Lyons reads from Dancing in the Rain

Check out John Lyons reading from his CLPE (CLiPPA) Award-shortlisted collecting for children, Dancing in the Rain.

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#WATCH: John Lyons' thoughts on poetry

Following his nomination for the CLPE Award (CLiPPA), John Lyons spoke with CLPE about his inspirations as a poet, which poems he remembers from his childhood, and why poetry is important, among other things. You can watch the videos below.

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Chapeltown Word Junction 2016

Sunday 10 July, 11am-3pm
Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds LS7 3LW

Building on the successful launch of the Chapeltown Word Junction collection (housed at the Reginald Centre library), this popular event returns to once again showcase an eclectic sampling of Chapeltown writers and publishings about Chapeltown. Expect a range of stimulating poetry, prose, performance and discussion that crosses genres and the ages.

Celebrating Creativity in Chapeltown

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Book Launch: Tracing Jaja by Anthony Kellman

Friday 8 July, 7pm - 9pm
Barbados High Commission, 1 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3ND
Free, but booking required

The Barbados High Commission and Peepal Tree Press present the London launch of Tracing Jaja a novel by celebrated Barbadian writer, poet and musician, Anthony Kellman.

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Peepal Tree Social with guest writer Anthony Kellman

Friday 15 July, 6pm - 8pm
Peepal Tree Press
17 King's Avenue

Peepal Tree Press presents an evening of fiction and poetry with celebrated Barbadian writer, poet and musician, Anthony Kellman.

A poet, novelist, and musician, Tony is the originator of the Barbados poetic form, Tuk Verse, based on the rhythms of Tuk, the island's indigenous music.

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Wenmimareba Collins Klobah features at 20 Poetas en la 20: poesía pa'l barrio

Thursday 23 June, 9-11pm
La Grilla Liquor Store (Ave. Fernández Juncos, Santurce)

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Take part in the Words in the City Poetry Slam 2016

Saturday 9 July, 4.30-5.30pm
Waterstones, Bradford
Hosted by Sai Murray

·         Do you want to be part of the 2016 Words in the City Slam?
·         Do you have 2 poems no longer than 3 minutes each?
·         Are you free to perform at Waterstones on Sat 9 July?
·         Are you used to reading/performing your work to an audience?*
·         Are you 18 or over? 

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Readers and Writers Group, Life-Writing with Yvonne Weekes

In our next session of the Peepal Tree/ Inscribe Readers and Writers' group you can explore and improve your memoir/life-writing with Yvonne Weekes (Peepal Tree Press author). Places are limited, make sure you get yours! Yvonne was born in London to Montserratian parents and grew up in London and Montserrat. She is the author of Volcano, a powerful and moving memoir documenting the eruption of the Soufriere volcano.

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Giving Up Everything?: Writing and the ‘M Word’

I’m about to tackle the following topic with trepidation as, eight months ago, I would no doubt have skipped over any blog or article on this subject thinking it was irrelevant to me. But this topic is relevant, not just to the people it directly affects but society at large. So what topic am I skirting around here? Answer: writing and motherhood.

Now hold on there, I sense you arching an eyebrow, but let me start from the beginning.

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Words in the City with Malika Booker, Khadijah Ibrahiim and Sai Murray

Saturday 9 July, 12pm, Waterstones Bradford
The Wool Exchange, Hustlergate, Bradford, BD1 1BL

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