News from Authors

Merle Collins named Orwell Prize finalist with Ocean Stirrings

Peepal Tree is pleased to share that Ocean Stirrings by Merle Collins has been named a finalist for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2024. The finalists were announced at Charleston Festival in Sussex on Saturday 25 May, as part of an event on Orwell and his book 1984

The winner will be announced at the Orwell Prize ceremony on the evening of 27th June, at Conway Hall in Central London.

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Barry wins Bermuda's Brian Burland Prize

Among the winners of the 2023 Bermuda Literary Awards is Angela Barry, who won the Brian Burland Prize for Fiction for her novel The Drowned Forest. In the novel, told in the voices of its five main characters, Angela Barry brings to vivid life the conflicts and possibilities of change in Bermuda as it emerges from the old colonial order of white privilege.

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Collins and Laird longlisted for OCM Bocas Prize

Equal to Mystery by Christopher Laird and Ocean Stirrings by Merle Collins have both been longlisted for the 2024 OCM Bocas Prize!

The OCM Bocas Prize, now in its 14th consecutive year, is highly prestigious and recognises books in three genre categories — poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction — published by authors of Caribbean birth or citizenship in the preceding year. Five different countries and territories are represented among the authors of the nine books longlisted for the 2024 Prize.

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Poem of the Week: Seni Seneviratne at Poems on the Underground

Poems on the Underground are now showcasing the poem "The Weight of the World" by Seni Seneviratne on London public transport. The poem is also featured on the Poems on the Underground website as their Poem of the Week until Sunday.

The new poems, including Seni's, are live on London Underground and Overground cars until March.

As Spring approaches, the common theme is LOVE - of persons and places, welcomed, scorned, remembered, rediscovered.

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