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Malika Booker scoops £4K R&D commission from Slate

Slate: Black. Arts. World has announced its latest round of commissions. Malika Booker has been awarded a £4,000 research and development commission to work on a new project.

Malika’s work, titled Walking With Our Dead, is a choreopoem (a work involving poetic text and movement), where Black men share stories about the institutional war waged on their bodies.

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The 2019 Encore Award shortlist features Kitch

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Encore Award:

Sam Byers Perfidious Albion (Faber & Faber)
Kerry Hadley-Pryce Gamble (Salt Publishing)
Anthony Joseph Kitch (Peepal Tree Press)
Sally Rooney Normal People (Faber & Faber)
Daniel Shand Crocodile (Sandstone Press)
Sam Thompson Jott (JM Originals)

The winner will be announced on Thursday 13 June.

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T&T Newsday: An interview with Breanne Mc Ivor

Breanne Mc Ivor has always loved words and writing since she could remember. “My mother kept all these copybooks full of stories that I would write as a child. I would follow her around the house while reading stories to her, so I’ve always had a story that I was ready and willing to share,” she recalled.

Now, the Cambridge-educated writer, who’s been shortlisted for several writing prizes, has returned home to tell new stories – our stories, to the world.

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Jacob Ross: ‘Put your character up a tree – and then BURN that tree down!’

Leeds Beckett University Course Director for English Literature and Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Dr Emily Zobel Marshall, reflects on the of role of the university's latest Writer in Residence, award-winning British-Caribbean author Jacob Ross.

‘Put your character up a tree – and then BURN that tree down!’

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Jacqueline Bishop interviews Edward Baugh for Sunday Observer

Jacqueline Bishop interviewed Edward Baugh in last weekend's Bookends column in the Jamaica Sunday Observer (Sunday 21 April, 2019). It's full of interesting literary morsels about the great Caribbean writer.

On realising he was a poet:

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Ishion Hutchinson, Malika Booker and Degna Stone at the PBS & NCLA Northern Poetry Symposium

The NCLA Newcastle Poetry Festival is back from the 1-4 May 2019, celebrating cross-genre art and the transformative power of poetry. This year's stunning line-up includes Peepal Tree authors Ishion Hutchinson and Malika Booker, and Inscribe-supported writer Degna Stone. They join a programme headlined by US literary lights Terrance Hayes and Mary Ruefle, as well as prize-winning poets Phoebe Power, Hannah Sullivan, Liz Berry and more.

Don’t miss the Poetry Book Soceity / NCLA Northern Poetry Symposium on 2 May from 10am at the Sage Gateshead.

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Esther Phillips lecture: “The Poet as Seer: An Examination of the Poet’s Role in the Society”

The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the JQ Charles Group of Companies, will host the 9th Annual Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 7 p.m., in the conference room of the Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries.

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Diana McCaulay selected as finalist for CODE Burt Award

CODE and the Bocas Lit Fest have announced the finalists for the 6th Annual CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature, and our very own Diana McCaulay is among them!

The CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature recognises excellent, engaging and culturally-relevant books in English for youth aged 12-18, written by Caribbean authors.

Publisher Ian Randle chairs an international judging panel which has selected the top three from six shortlisted submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts.

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Ishion Hutchinson: The poetry is sea

T&T Newsday features a very interesting interview with Ishion Hutchinson, written by our very own Andre Bagoo. The article explores his writing practice (he wakes at 6am to write on a desk made from an old red door), his visit to Port of Spain to take part in the inaugural Derek Walcott Festival, and how he will always find Portland, Jamaica home.

Read the article in full.

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Updates from John Lyons

John Lyons has written a piece for the Betjeman Poetry Prize website. It is written to encourage youngsters to get involved in writing poetry. You can read it here.

John also published one of his poems in the Betjeman Poetry Prize newsletter, which can also be read online.

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