The Bookseller recently ran an article titled "ACE clarifies advice on 'political statements' but trade figures still concerned about threat to free speech". Peepal Tree Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting sent a letter to The Bookseller outlining his response to the new Arts Council guidance; numerous other ACE-funded publishers also spoke to the publication. Only part of Jeremy's letter was published, but the rest can be found below the link to the article.
"Lakshmi Persaud, who has died aged 86, was inspired by the success of her fellow Trinidadian Indian, the Nobel laureate VS Naipaul, to become a writer, and was the author of some five well-received novels, most of which engaged with the experience of the Indian diaspora, particularly women, in colonial and post-colonial Trinidad..."
In advance of her Feb. 1 Black History Month lecture at Fordham, guest speaker Merle Collins, Ph.D.—a poet, novelist, filmmaker, scholar, and professor emerita at University of Maryland, College Park—spoke with Fordham associate professor Laurie Lambert, Ph.D., about Collins’ new book based on the mother of Malcolm X.
The late Dr Denis Williams (1923-1998) excelled in many fields. This short session looks primarily at two: his work as an artist and his work as an archaeologist. Stanley Greaves speaks to the former, Professor Mark Plew to the latter. This session continues the Moray House Trust Samaan Tree Series.
The Moray House Trust's third annual recital of poems on the theme of love includes Martin Carter's "Letter 2" (written while he was imprisoned at Atkinson Field), as well as poems by Michael Aarons, Stephanie Bowry, Juanita Cox, Robert (Bobby) Fernandes, Keon Heywood, Lloyd Marshall, Ian McDonald and others. The recital lasts half an hour.
Moray House published readings from an essay by the late Kamau Brathwaite, entitled "Martin Carter's Poetry of the Negative Yes". In the essay, Brathwaite explores the metaphysical in Martin's poems. Brathwaite pays particular attention to the poems: "I am No Soldier", "With that Loan", "Bent", and "Ground Doves". These readings commemorate Martin Carter's birthday and form part of the Moray House Trust Samaan Tree Series.