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Sharon Leach recommends 10 books in Jamaica Observer

Sharon Leach gives us a to-be-read pile with a difference:

I write to excavate what I know, but I read to find out what I don't. Without reading, therefore, there is no writing. For someone who makes their living by words, like me, reading is not just for pleasure; it is oxygen. Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out.

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Kitch makes the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 longlist

The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 longlist has been announced, and Kitch has made the cut.

Read the brief accompanying review.

Kitch is one of 13 titles comprise the longlist. 

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New year, new reviews

Here's a round-up of reviews from the end of last year into the beginning of this year. We're really pleased to see how our books are being appreciated around the world.

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Opal Palmer Adisa publishes Interviewing the Caribbean Volume 2

Peepal Tree writer Opal Palmer Adisa has launched Volume 2 of Interviewing the Caribbean.

Interviewing the Caribbean is an online journal that celebrates Caribbean artists everywhere—and to invite you to participate. Each issue will feature works from Caribbean artists at home and in the Diaspora.

This issue is dedicated to Jamaican novelist Garfield Ellis (1961–2018), Jamaican master ceramic artist Gene Pearson (1946–2018) and St. Lucian novelist Garth St. Omer (1931–2018).

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Lauren Delapenha is in the building.

What is remarkable about this sentence is not Lauren Delapenha nor the obnoxious and unnecessary use of the third person, but the building. The lionshead knocker at 17 Kings Ave seemed reminiscent of Narnia, or Rastafarianism. When a smiling Jeremy Poynting opened the door and invited me inside, I found a place which was neither mythical land nor mystical religion but which was no less of a world in its own right.

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Inscribe writers make Poetry School Books of the Year list

'It’s been a superb year for "little shapelets" and their "sprinkling of white space",' begins Martha Sprackland in her intro to The Poetry School's Best Books of 2018.

Any Change: Poetry in a Hostile Environment, edited by Leeds poet Ian Duhig, includes a number of Inscribe-supported writers past and present. Khadijah Ibrahiim, Adam Lowe, Sai Murray and Seni Seneviratne all have work published in the anthology. They are joined by Peepal Tree poet Vahni Capildeo.

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#WATCH: 'Why Madwoman Shouldn't Read the News'

Shara McCallum has recorded her poem 'Why Madoman Shouldn't Read the News' to promote the anthology Here: Poems for the Planet.

Here: Poems for the Planet is an environmental poetry anthology from Copper Canyon Press, which lifts up the voices of Shara McCallum and 126 fellow poets writing about and for the imperiled earth. Pledge before Friday 21 December to get a copy of the book hot off the press this spring.

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Hazel D. Campbell 1940-2018, R.I.P.

13 December 2018

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Loretta Collins Klobah interviews Marcia Douglas for BOMB Magazine

Loretta writes:

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RIP George Parfitt

It's with deepest regret that we share the news of the death of George Parfitt. Undoubtedly our best customer for many years, George enthusiastically reported on what he read, all as part of his attempt to discover his Caribbean heritage as a white Trinidadian long in the UK.

Read George's obituary in The Guardian.

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