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Desiree Reynolds picks Black in the Union Jack? for RSL's Only Connect

The latest episode of the Royal Society of Literature's Only Connect is from Desiree Reynolds, who has chosen the recording of the 2019 event Black in the Union Jack? with Paul Gilroy, Derek Owusu and Jeffrey Boakye reflecting on Black British experience past and present. Their discussion is chaired by award-winning publisher and founder of Dialogue Books, Sharmaine Lovegrove.

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Marvin Thompson and Roger Robinson make National Poetry Day recommendations

We delighted to see that A Portable Paradise by Roger Robinson and Road Trip by Marvin Thompson have both been selected for inclusion in National Poetry Day’s recommended poetry books for 2020.

You can read poems from the book for free online, or check out the full list of 40 National Poetry Day recommendations.

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Roger Robinson meets Rachel Long: 'I feel like a mosquito taking on Godzilla'

There is something amazing about being a black writer when you begin to make yourself visible. It is a power. Writing A Portable Paradise, I remember thinking: “I need to make black people visible in literature because my son needs to know that his stories are worth something. His life is worth something.” So, thank you for running Octavia and making brown and black people visible. I know it is tough but it only takes a few cultural agitators to change the landscape of the world. Young people tell me A Portable Paradise is giving them permission to write.

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Try your hand at writing a canticle and win books!

Author photo credit: Marion Nelson and Allen Sherman

Peepal Tree Press invites poets to write a canticle and win some books!

Saint Lucian poet John Robert Lee has created his version of the canticle.

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An interview with John Robert Lee

Author photo credit: Marion Nelson and Allen Sherman

Adam Lowe interviews John Robert Lee about his latest collection, Pierrot.

What drew you to the image of the Pierrot as a core motif for this collection? Why now?

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Roger Robinson features in IMAGINE for Refugee Week

IMAGINE is a collection of global voices brought together in a creative collaboration for Refugee Week.

In this digital anthology, Peepal Tree Press author Roger Robinson joins Rupi Kaur, Mohsin Hamid, Edmund de Waal and BAFTA-winning film director Waad Al-Kateab in sharing his vision for a better future.

Alongside emerging refugee voices, they collectively imagine a world where we are all connected and where the invisible is made visible.

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How we remember: reflections on the 175th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago

From the NGC Bocas Lit Fest:

How we remember: reflections on the 175th anniversary of Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago
The arrival of 227 indentured Indian immigrants aboard the Fatal Razack on 30 May, 1845, was a defining event in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. As we commemorate the 175th anniversary of Indian Arrival, the NGC Bocas Lit Fest brings together a panel of writers to reflect on how indentureship and the Indo-Caribbean experience have been documented and imagined in our contemporary literature.

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Bernardine Evaristo writes about A Portable Paradise in Vogue

In January of this year, the poet Roger Robinson, whom I’ve known since we were on the same poetry circuit in the nineties, won the UK’s most prestigious poetry prize, the T S Eliot Award for Poetry for his latest poetry collection, A Portable Paradise. He is the first black British person to win it, the second black man to win it, and the fourth person of colour to win the Prize since its inception in 1993.

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Listen to Anthony Joseph read from The Frequency of Magic online

Listen to poet, novelist, academic and musician Anthony Joseph read selections from his latest novel, The Frequency of Magic and download a taster chapter as part of Birbeck Arts Weeks 2020.

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Active Silence with Vahni Capildeo, Martin Carter and Shara McCallum

The University of York is inviting you to take a break - peaceful, or quietly chaotic – from the ‘surround sound’ of whatever you’re caught up in, and reflect with some of the authors who may help us reconnect with that vital silence through poetry and other writing. Silence is a vital part of our humanity, yet it goes missing too often, especially in such a time as this. 

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