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Freeing the Natural Voice

Words by Maya Chowdhry
Headline image from Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain Licence)

I was very excited to be selected by Ledbury Poetry Festival to attend the Linklater method voice-coaching workshop, funded by The Fenton Arts Trust, after Peepal Tree Press put me forward for the scheme. So off I went into the deep green of Herefordshire.

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Towards a writer's utopia?

by Adam Lowe

Recently, I was invited to a literary 'sandpit' event. Various writers and professionals from the literary sphere got together to discuss the workings of our literary ecology, how we make a living from our writing (or the things attached to it, such as publishing, literary festivals and workshops) and, interestingly enough, what a universal basic income (UBI) might mean for writers. It was this last issue which is the topic for consideration today.

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Peepal Tree authors at Africa Writes R.A.P. Party

Africa Writes: R.A.P Party
Friday 30 June
19:30 – 23:00
£12

A poetry night unlike any you’ve been to before. Africa Writes opens with a Rhythm and Poetry Party – a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop inspired poems and songs.

Including Peepal Tree Press authors Malika Booker, Kei Miller and Roger Robinson; as well as Kayo Chingonyi, Fatimah Kelleher, Jolade Olusanya, Rachel Long, Amaal Said, Yomi Sode, Theresa Lola, Inua Ellams and DJ Sid Mercutio.

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If I Had the Wings launch and celebration

THURSDAY, JUNE 22 AT 7:00 PM
Laurel Book Store
1423 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

Message from Host

Greetings Beloved Community,

Please join me in celebration of the launch of my debut collection of short stories - If I Had the Wings. I will be joined by my friend, poet and performer Amir Rabiyah. A book signing and refreshments will follow the reading. I look forward to seeing you there. 

Peace,
Helen Klonaris

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Nick Makoha joins Kayo Chingonyi and Terrance Hayes at Africa Writes

KUMUKANDA BY KAYO CHINGONYI AND KINGDOM OF GRAVITY BY NICK MAKOHA
part of Africa Writes 2017

The poets present their debut collections in conversation with Terrance Hayes.

Kayo Chingonyi’s debut collection of poems is a journey through Black boyhood and beyond, encompassing a thoughtful and nostalgic flare that is underpinned by a love of music, language and literature. This collection is an exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.

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Author influences: Leone Ross

Known for melding magic realism with erotic fiction, Leone Ross’ novels and short stories are original in approach, style and voice, defying literary niches and expectations of genre. Her work incorporates elements of speculative fiction, erotica and Caribbean fiction. Read an interview with the author.

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Nick Makoha makes shortlist for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

We are thrilled to announce that the Forward Prize judges have selected Nick Makoha’s Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree Press) for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection!

Makoha’s graceful and timely poems demonstrate the power of the best literature to speak of difficult things in a way that enlightens, not merely horrifies. The care in the making and shaping of the poems bears witness to the evident fact that, for Nick Makoha, poetry became ‘a sanctuary from which I can repair the ruins’.

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Skin Deep: POC Resistance - Stories Of Climate Justice, #2DEGREESFESTIVAL - 15 June 2017

Sai Murray is performing a remix of work from Continent Chop Chop's Virtual Migrants show (which included Maya Chowdhry), as well as work from Dorothea Smartt (her 'Sense of Denial' poem filmed by Platform). He will be working with Selina Nwulu (former Young Poet Laureate of London).

Find out more.

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Sable Poet-in-Residence Patricia Foster Reads Poetry and Delivers Workshops at Mboka Festival, Gambia, 2017

The SABLE Literary Festival is part of the brilliant new collaboration - the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport, 7-17 January 2017 - in warm and delightful Gambia. Mboka means ‘One Family’ in Wolof.

In my role as the first Sable Poet-in-Residence, I was invited to read and deliver workshops. It was an honour and complete privilege. However, I was forewarned I would be worked very hard and indeed I was.

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Alecia McKenzie wins international award

Jamaican author and journalist Alecia McKenzie has just won a second prize for her first novel, after Commonwealth accolades for her short stories.
Sweetheart (Trésor in French) has been awarded the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens. It’s a literary competition, judged by French-Caribbean high school students, to highlight the best writing by authors from the entire Caribbean region.

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