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The Bookseller: Northern indies have seen success despite pandemic year

'Several independent publishers in the north of England are reporting unprecedented growth and success, despite the difficulties of the past 12 months,' reports The Bookseller, in an article that mentions Peepal Tree.

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ProQuest Appreciating Smaller Publishers: Peepal Tree Press

ProQuest has a feature on Peepal Tree, where journalist Bob Nardini says, 'From the very beginning, Peepal Tree’s books have been a way for Empire to speak back. Though small in relative size, Peepal Tree is a prominent voice in Caribbean and Black British writing.'

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Marvin Thompson on being shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2021

Marvin Thompson has been shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year Poetry Award 2021. The prize is open to a public vote, so anyone can vote for their favourite author.

Meanwhile, Marvin spoke to the prize organisers, Llenyddiaeth Cymru, to say what it means to him to be shortlisted.

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Interview with Winsome Monica Minott

Monica Minott has been interviewed by HJ Book Blog, where she talks about her latest collection, Zion Roses:

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Love Reading offers prize draw for Fortune and tote bag!

Love Reading is currently running a competition for a free copy of Fortune by Amanda Smyth, as well as a gorgeous tote bag.

Enter before the end of 1 August 2021 to be in with a chance of winning.

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Fortune with black gold...a writer’s explosive love letter to Trinidad

In 'Fortune with black gold...a writer’s explosive love letter to Trinidad', Ira Mathur interviews Amanda Smyth for the T&T Guardian.

This is a love letter to Trinidad. I come and go and not belong. Sitting in a house in Leamington, Trinidad’s landscape symbolises what I love and the connection I have to Trinidad. I saw the landscape as another character. The land is a canvas on which their longings play and are mirrored back to them. The characters see it differently, but the earth couldn't care less.

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Off the Shelf: Oil and Love - interview with Amanda Smyth

Amanda Smyth was recently interviewed by The Big Issue in the North. In the magazine, she talks about the seeds of her latest novel, Fortune, and what drew her to tell this story:

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Shara McCallum: I Love Myth

Opal Palmer Adisa has interviewed Shara McCallum on Opal's website. Speaking about the inspiration behind her latest book, No Ruined Stone, Shara says:

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Join Opal Palmer Adisa and Donna "Aza" Weir-Soley for Caribbean Erotic 10th anniversary celebration on Caribbean Literature Day

Opal Palmer Adisa and Donna "Aza" Weir-Soley are hosting a 10th anniversary celebration event for their anthology, Caribbean Erotic, on Caribbean Literature Day. The Institute for Gender and Development Studies -Regional Coordinating Office at the University of the West Indies is hosting the event on 12 July 2021 at 7-8.30pm EST. Register now for the Zoom event to avoid missing out (it's free).

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Inscribe Co-Director Kadija Sesay makes RSL Honorary Fellows list!

Kadija Sesay, Inscribe Co-Director, Publications Manager and Series Editor, has been made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature!

Kadija published SABLE LitMag for 15 years and is currently the co-founder of Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture & Sport in The Gambia and creator of the AfroPoeTree app.

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