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Applications open for poets-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust

The Wordsworth Trust is running a series of month-long poetry residencies between November 2019 and March 2020.

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Inscribe-supported writer Akila Richards exhibits 'Migration's Gift'

Constructed Geographies, a new visual arts exhibition featuring seven acclaimed local artists, tours Sussex this spring. The exhibition celebrates the rich and untold diversity of Sussex. 

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SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlisted writer Mona Dash publishes memoir

2018 was an exciting year for author Mona Dash. She was on the shortlist for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018, for her short story collection, Let us look elsewhere. This was the only short story collection to make the shortlist. Apart from the excitement, making the SI Leeds shortlist meant various reading and networking opportunities.

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Filigree hits Brighton

Our Brighton Filigree event was on a very blustery Sat 16 March, nevertheless we had a lovely, attentive, and supportive audience and a wonderful evening of readings from contributors Fawzia Muradali Kane, Nandita Ghose, Akila Richards and Hugh Stulz.

Each began their set by selecting and reading another Filigree poet as well as sharing their own works. Thanks to our talented readers for an inspiring and enjoyable evening, New Writing South for the venue and refreshments, and our audience for braving the winds.

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Ted Hughes Award shortlist features Filigree contributors

Three Ted Hughes nominees are in our Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry anthology: Raymond Antrobus, Tishani Doshi and Roy Macfarlane.

The judges this year were Linton Kwesi Johnson, Canon Mark Oakley and Clare Shaw.

Read the shortlist.

Pick up Filigree.

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Inscribe-supported writer Degna Stone to publish new chapbook

Inscribe-supported writer Degna Stone is busy preparing for the release of her new chapbook, Handling Stolen Goods. Published under Peepal Tree's Inscribe imprint, Handling Stolen Goods is available for pre-order now.

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Inscribe writers make Poetry School Books of the Year list

'It’s been a superb year for "little shapelets" and their "sprinkling of white space",' begins Martha Sprackland in her intro to The Poetry School's Best Books of 2018.

Any Change: Poetry in a Hostile Environment, edited by Leeds poet Ian Duhig, includes a number of Inscribe-supported writers past and present. Khadijah Ibrahiim, Adam Lowe, Sai Murray and Seni Seneviratne all have work published in the anthology. They are joined by Peepal Tree poet Vahni Capildeo.

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Northern Book Prize 2019 now open

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Writers! The Northern Book Prize is open for entries, and we hope that you can submit.

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Call for subs: BIM, edited by Esther Phillips

Esther Phillips, as editor for BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, invites submissions for its March 2019 edition.

To enhance its accessibility (and affordability), BIM will also be switching to a primarily online presence, with a limited print presence.

The vision for BIM: Arts for the 21st Century has always been that it is a Caribbean magazine reaching out to the region, its diaspora and well beyond. That vision continues.

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Filigree in the writing of Black British poets

The absence of ‘filigree’ from everyday use means there were no obvious or pre-ordained routes to approaching the word, giving the poets free rein to draw from it what they would and play with the subtleties of what they found. The subsequent poetry that fills the pages of this anthology is rich with different styles and forms. Take, for instance, Akila Richards’ first line in ‘Al zhie mer’: ‘Mem orisha ng lik e bird nests’.

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