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The Mixtape Tour

Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry . . . The Mixtape Tour.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems . . . all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

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Jennifer Rahim wins the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

We were thrilled when the 2018 OCM Bocas Prizes for Fiction and Poetry were announced earlier this year - since two of our writers were selected! Shara McCallum and Jennifer Rahim won the awards for Madwoman (Poetry) and Curfew Chronicles (Fiction), respectively.

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Garth St. Omer 1931-2018

An obituary by John Robert Lee, on behalf of the Folk Research Centre

St. Lucian-born novelist Garth St. Omer passed away on Tuesday 24th April in Santa Barbara, California. He had lived and worked there for many years.

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Unfinished Sentences: a new film about Wayne Brown

What’s it like to have a father whose literary reputation spans the region? And what’s it like to lose him?

Unfinished Sentences, the new documentary feature film by Mariel Brown, is about her relationship with her father, Wayne Brown. The celebrated Trinidadian poet, journalist and writing teacher died in 2009, only a year after Brown reconciled with him after a bitter split.

Read more online.

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Nick Makoha at Northern Poetry Symposium

This year's Northern Poetry Symposium features Nick Makoha.

The Symposium takes place on 3 May at the Sage Gateshead, and there's an action packed day of discussions planned on the theme of poetry in translation and exiled voices. Forward shortlisted poets Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf join Dutch poet Elma Van Haren, Ukrainian poet Ilya Kaminsky and the PBS Summer Translation Choice, Austrian poet Evelyn Schlag, and many more.

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Brenda Flanagan story appears in The Caribbean Writer

When I was about 10, and old enough to know fear, I heard my mother say to a neighbor that the good always die young.

My brother Gary—I had three but I loved him the most—was the best man I knew, so I tried to prepare myself for his early death.

Read the rest of 'A Dance with My Brother' in The Caribbean Writer!

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#WATCH: Adisa 'AJA' Andwele - 'Live&LetLive

Barbadian riddim poet and cultural activist, Adisa 'AJA' Andwele has 'literally' brought the late Jackie Opel back to talk to the youth about the upsurge in violent crimes and murders in Barbados and across the Caribbean. AJA has sampled Jackie Opel’s ‘Live and Let Live’ song and fused it with one of his poems in an attempt to achieve this objective.

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Jeremy Poynting at Black Book Fair 25th anniversary

Richmond Building
University of Bradford
Saturday 7 July, 2.30-3.45pm

25 years since the Black Book Fair was last held in Bradford, the Bradford Literature Festival gathers together a panel to discuss the history of the Fair and what it did to change the world of publishing. Created to celebrate the growth of radical ideas in literature and politics, this panel will consider whether the Black Book Fair paved the way for the current conversation about the publishing industry's lack of diversity.

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Lynne Blackwood at Wordstock, Brighton

Brighton Open Market
1 Marshalls Row
Brighton
BN1 4JU
From 1pm
Book online

Inscribe-supported writer Lynne Blackwood is going to be reading at Brighton's Wordstock. Wordstock is a free, all-day literary drop-in, which is part of the Brighton Fringe calendar.

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Vote for Leone Ross at Saboteur Awards

Author Leone Ross has been shortlisted in the Short Story Collection category for the 2018 Saboteur Awards, for Come Let Us Sing Anyway. Congratulations, Leone!

Members of the public can vote for their favourite titles until 9 May. The winner in each category will win a very special bottle of Sacred Gin, a logo they can use on their book, and a boatload of kudos.

The awards will be announced on Saturday 19th May at Theatre Delicatessen (Broadgate) in London.

Vote now and use hashtag #sabawards18 on social media.

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