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No Ruined Stone up for Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award

We are very excited to share that Shara McCallum's No Ruined Stone is a nominee for a 2022 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award. The winner will be announced in October, and we are crossing our fingers for Shara!

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Roger Robinson appears in photos by Johnny Pitts

A new series of photos by Johny Pitts shines a light on communities and subcultures that have all too often been overlooked. Huck Magazine takes a closer look:

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Newsday: 'Trinidad artist, writer John Lyons getting renewed attention in England'

T&T Newsday has a feature on poet and artist John Lyons:

“With painting, line, shape, colour, texture and a surface plane are fundamental. So painting is about putting these elements together, into syntactical connection that creates a harmony that can speak to people on a level that is very intuitive…There is so much that I feel that I often find difficult to put in words. When I'm painting, I am in a different place.”

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Tropical Storm Approaching Bermuda

In Angela Barry’s imminently to be published novel, The Drowned Forest (out on the 23rd June), a hurricane turns the lives of all the main characters upside down and divides the novel into a before and an after. Each of the characters is affected in different ways, and Angela Barry’s vivid writing makes us share their respective terrors.

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In Memory of George Lamming, 8 June 1927 – 4 June 2022

George Lamming was a giant of Caribbean letters and one who invited white Britain to think hard about its relationship to the Caribbean in ways we have hardly begun. In In the Castle of My Skin (1953) he wrote the classic novel of growing up under the Union Jack in the 1930s and the discovery of racial pride in the Black struggles for radical change in both the USA and in Barbados, whose impetus would carry forward the demands for national independence, which are still being expressed in his native Barbados in its rejection of colonial monarchy for republican status.

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Shara McCallum speaks to Erin Redfern and Farnaz Fatemi at The Hive Poetry Collective

Shara McCallum recently joined hosts Erin Redfern and Farnaz Fatemi at The Hive Poetry Collective radio show. In season 4, episode 15, Shara McCallum reads from and discusses her book No Ruined Stone, a finalist for the 2022 Rilke Prize. The show explores this riveting alternate history that spans Scotland and Jamaica, colonialism and self-determination, the literary tradition and the individual poet.

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This week: Our online book club with Nii Ayikwei Parkes for The Geez

Date: Friday 20 May 2022
Time: 5-7pm BST, 1-3pm AST, 12-2pm EST
Price: Free
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Nii Ayikwei Parkes is the special guest at the next meet-up for our online book club. We will be focusing on his latest poetry collection, The Geez (pronounced 'gaze').

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John Kinsella on creative collaboration for The Conversation

Writing in The Conversation, John Kinsella talks about his process for collaborations, including his collections in dialogue with Kwame Dawes (of which the most recent is unHistory).

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The Guardian view on Trinidad writers: women take the lead

In its editorial 'The Guardian view on Trinidad writers: women take the lead', The Guardian writes about the increasing number of success stories from Trinidad's women writers. This amounts to a 'show of strength for a small island', they write.

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