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Don’t Stop the Carnival: Searching for sounds, finding souls

by Kevin Le Gendre

About eight or nine years ago Kadija George asked me to chair a discussion on Black British music as part of a series of events, Black British Perspectives in the Arts. Participants included Kwame Kwaten and Sheila Chandra, two talented musicians and producers, and the session was inspiring. We talked mostly about artists who were active between the ‘60s and ‘90s. All of which whetted my appetite to go further back in time in order to retrace the fearless footsteps of their numerous predecessors.

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Dr Matthew L. Miller creates videos to teach Caribbean Modern Classics

Matthew L. Miller PhD is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina Aiken, and a former student of Kwame Dawes. Dr Miller teaches a course every summer on Caribbean Literature. He creates YouTube videos to teach the novels on his course, including two Peepal Tree Press books from the Caribbean Modern Classics series.

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Bare Lit Festival: Keynote speech by Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes was the keynote speaker at the Bare Lit Festival 2018 giving the address at The Albany, London UK on May 27, 2018. James Murua's Literary Blog shares the text in full courtesy of the speaker.

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#CaribbeanStrong: Jacqueline Bishop in conversation with Loretta Collins Klobah

In the first of a two-parter, Jacqueline Bishop has interviewed Puerto Rican poet Loretta Collins Klobah for the Bookends section of the Jamaica Observer.

Loretta talks about her collection Ricantations, and how Hurricane Maria inspired the title poem. She also discusses the situation for people still affected by the disaster:

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Jacqueline Crooks' playlist for The Ice Migration

Jacqueline Crooks has compiled a playlist for her latest collection, The Ice Migration.

Check out the playlist now.

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#WATCH: Jacqueline Crooks on London Live

Jacqueline Crooks talks about Windrush and The Ice Migration on local channel London Live! Check out the interview in full online.

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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Haiku at 70 by John Robert Lee

To mark his birthday (70 years young!), John Robert Lee has published the poem 'Haiku at 70' at Arts Etc:

i.
on arthritic spurs
the aging cock’rel prances
to the chortling chicks.

The poem continues in six more stanzas, which you can read in full online.

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Minoli Salgado takes Slovenia by storm!

Minoli Salgado has just returned from an epic tour of Slovenia! Here's a summary of the many events, interviews and appearances she made during her time there.

Public Talks in Ljubljana

Minoli took par in two public talks in the capital city of Ljubljana to promote the Slovenian translation of A Little Dust on the Eyes. These were:

26 March: Literary Event: 'Twelve Cries from Home': Public talk with Readings. Hosted by Department of English, University of Ljubljana. Discussant Petra Mertec (journalist).

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Leone Ross longlisted for Edge Hill Prize

Hot on the heels of her Saboteur Awards nomination, Leone Ross has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Putting her in the running for a whopping £10,000, this is a highly regarded prize that celebrates the art of short stories. The Edge Hill Prize is now the only UK award for a single-authored collection of short stories. The shortlist will be announced sometime in June. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Rd, London where it is hoped the shortlisted writers will read from their work.

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Read 'Roof of Night' by Ishion Hutchinson

First, above all, I live forever. And
thereafter redecorate paradise
in the majesty of the Roof Nightclub,
DJ Lucifer, at predawn hours
terrifies the floorboards to give way to
Apollyon’s abyss, reflecting scarred light
on the wall. The mirror alive with tremors.

Of the poem, Ishion writes:

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