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The 2019 Encore Award shortlist features Kitch

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Encore Award:

Sam Byers Perfidious Albion (Faber & Faber)
Kerry Hadley-Pryce Gamble (Salt Publishing)
Anthony Joseph Kitch (Peepal Tree Press)
Sally Rooney Normal People (Faber & Faber)
Daniel Shand Crocodile (Sandstone Press)
Sam Thompson Jott (JM Originals)

The winner will be announced on Thursday 13 June.

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Kitch by Anthony Joseph shortlisted for the Encore Award 2019

The Royal Society of Literature have announced their shortlist for the  Encore Award 2019, and Anthony Joseph's Kitch had made the list!

The prize, worth £10,000 is awarded annually to celebrate the achievement of outstanding second novels, previous winners include Iain Sinclair, Colm Tóibín, A.L.Kennedy, Anne Enright, Ali Smith, Evie Wyld, Neel Mukherjee and Sunjeev Sahota. The 2019 prize judges are RSL Fellows Edmund Gordon, Nikita Lalwani and Eley Williams.

Here's what Eley Williams had to say about Kitch: 

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Speaking to the Shelves - Creative Writing Workshop with Sai Murray

Speaking to the Shelves - Creative Writing Workshop with Sai Murray
Date: Sat, 18 May 2019
Time: 1.30-5.30pm
Venue: The Leeds Library, 18 Commercial Street, Leeds LS1 6AL
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This is a second creative writing workshop with Sai Murray on Saturday 18th May, 1.30-3.30pm with the option to stay from 3.30 – 4.30pm for feedback.

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Sheaf Poetry Festival – Rommi Smith & Dave Evans

Sheaf Poetry Festival – Rommi Smith & Dave Evans
Date: Sunday, 19 May 2019
Time: 8-9.30pm
Price: £11 / £9 concessions
Venue: Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab, Sheffield
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This event sees a poetry and music collaboration from Rommi Smith and Dave Evans.

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Our Bodies Speak Poetry

Our Bodies Speak Poetry
Friday 5 July, 19:00 – 21:00
£12 / £8 / £7.20 for RAS Members
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An evening of intergenerational poetry and story-telling exploring the body as a site of power, possibilities and resistance. 

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The Ice Migration Nominated for 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

The Orwell Foundation has announced a brand new prize for political fiction and we are so pleased to tell you that Jacqueline Crooks’ The Ice Migration has been longlisted for the 2019 prize.

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De Rightest Place shortlisted for 2019 RSL Christopher Bland Prize

The Royal Society of Literature has announced the shortlist for their very first RSL Christopher Bland Prize, and we are delighted to announce Barbara Jenkin’s De Rightest Place has made the list.

The RSL Christopher Bland Prize is a brand new £10,000 prize in honour of the late Sir Christopher Bland exclusively for debut novels by writers aged 50 and over. In addition to the cash prize, the author of the winning work will also be offered a choice of a two-week writing retreat in either France or Ireland.

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T&T Newsday: An interview with Breanne Mc Ivor

Breanne Mc Ivor has always loved words and writing since she could remember. “My mother kept all these copybooks full of stories that I would write as a child. I would follow her around the house while reading stories to her, so I’ve always had a story that I was ready and willing to share,” she recalled.

Now, the Cambridge-educated writer, who’s been shortlisted for several writing prizes, has returned home to tell new stories – our stories, to the world.

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Jacob Ross: ‘Put your character up a tree – and then BURN that tree down!’

Leeds Beckett University Course Director for English Literature and Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, reflects on the of role of the university's latest Writer in Residence, award-winning British-Caribbean author Jacob Ross.

‘Put your character up a tree – and then BURN that tree down!’

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Vahni Capildeo will help raise money at Poetry ‘Cabaret’ for Child.org in Leeds

Photo by Trust "Tru" Katsande

Date: Thursday 9 May 2019
Time: 19:30-21:30
Location: Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, LS2 3AR
Admission: £5.00 (all proceeds to charity) 
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