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Interactive Writing Workshop with Maya Chowdhry

Dates and times: Saturday 23 May, 3-5pm and Saturday 30 May, 3-5pm
Price: Free
Venue: Online (Zoom; details to be confirmed after booking)
Booking: Please email adam@peepaltreepress.com to book your place (or book via Eventbrite)

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Poems from Jennifer Lee Tsai on loss

Self-Portrait at Four Years Old

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SI Leeds Literary Prize Mahsuda Snaith bursaries extended until 25 April

Thanks to the generosity of Mahsuda Snaith, the SI Leeds Literary Prize is offering six low income writers the chance to enter this year's prize for free! Email info@sileedsliteraryprize.com to register your interest. You've now got until 25 April 2020.

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Poems from Emily Zobel Marshall on loss and coronavirus

Bath of Herbs

While I mewed new-born in my basket 
and my mother lay birth-ruptured 
you prepared a bath of herbs
gathered from your garden 
under beating summer skies

With mortar and pestle you crushed
yellow chamomile into young mint 
pressed buds of newly flowered lavender
sprinkled ocean salt

with cramped fingers you
mixed cloves in oil of orange
made back then for now

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Jhilmil Breckenridge writes about loss for Magma 75

Reflections at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Dharamshala, India 

by Jhilmil Breckenridge

A man sweeps the middle of a courtyard
The monastery is a pregnant woman, swelling with seekers—
That old woman, her fingers moving a worn rosary 
The soft hill of her back rising, falling with every breath,
Smiling a toothless smile, sharing sweets with a friend 

A young Buddhist monk walks a corridor dotted with yellow doors
Robes a river of wine, his face is moonlight
The low chanting of Tibetan monks is warm oil on a dry body

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Malika Booker writes about loss for Magma 75

The Little Miracles

After 'A Winter Night' by Thomas Transtromer (trans Robin Roberston)


Since I found mother collapsed on the kitchen 
floor, we siblings have become blindfolded mules 

harnessed to carts filled with strain, lumbering 
through a relentless storm, wanting to make 

our mother walk on her own again, wanting to rest 
our palms on her left leg and arm like Jesus, but 

constellations do not gather like leaves in a teacup, 
so what miracle, of what blood, of what feeble wishes 

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Khadijah Ibrahiim writes about loss for Magma 75

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Inscriber Barsa Ray writes about loss for Magma 75

The Forge of Birds

by Barsa Ray

For years we searched together for birds.
While we were looking, the forge started inside you.
Out flew the first, a Firecrest, flick of your white-hot tongue
painting the stripe on its head.

I thought it a wish fulfilled.
Others fluttered in our garden, long in their absence,
now thronging. Did you know where they were coming from?
Yellowhammer, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Robin and Wren.

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Young BAME writers - apply to The Writing Squad 10

Photo by Eye for Ebony

The Writing Squad are looking for the next cohort of 30 talented writers in the north of England aged between 16 and 21 to join the Squad. If that is you, or you know anyone who fits the bill then you can apply at the Writing Squad website.

They are offering the usual two year programme, which consists of:

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New dates for NEXT! workshops in Manchester and London

There are two more workshops for our forthcoming speculative fiction anthology, provisionally called NEXT! Check out the dates below and book your tickets before they sell out.

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Saturday 12th October 2019 MANCHESTER
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 LONDON
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