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Tiphanie Yanique's Wife shortlisted for 2016 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

The Forward Prizes jury, chaired by Malika Booker, has shortlisted Wife by Tiphanie Yanique for the 2016 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. The esteemed judging panel includes poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry; singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn; and Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine.

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Vahni Capildeo at Paper Based Bookshop for NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Literary activity is abuzz this April, as Paper Based Bookshop gears up for the sixth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest! It's an exciting time for writers, readers and all those who love books.
On Saturday 23 April, at 4.30 pm, the eve of Bocas, the bookshop's third official Evening of Tea and Readings for 2016 will be held.

The reading also marks Paper Based's 29th birthday!

Four writers will read at the Paper Based podium:

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Maya Chowdhry talks about Tales from the Towpath, Poetic Places

Inscribe’s Maya Chowdhry recently appeared at the launch of the Poetic Places app to give a talk on her Tales from the Towpath project.

The app, which is being championed by the British Library and TIME/IMAGE, aspires to give a renewed sense of place, to bring together written works, images and sounds to mean more than they do alone, and to bring literature into people’s everyday life in unexpected moments, allowing users to enjoy poetry and literature written about particular locations.

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Delinquency, Sovereignty and the St. Lucian Imagination

by Vladimir Lucien

I was recently invited to give the annual Independence Lecture in St. Lucia. I was honoured to deliver the talk, entitled "Playin' de Arts": Delinquency, Sovereignty and the St. Lucian Imagination. I am the youngest to have given the lecture, and -- I am told -- it was the first time that the lecture focussed on the arts.

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Malika Booker to chair judges of Forward Prize!

We're pleased to announce that this year’s judging panel for the Forward Prize is chaired by our very own Malika Booker. She is joined on the exciting and diverse panel by poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry, with singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn and Don Share, editor of Poetry Magazine.

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Sheffield Poem-a-thon for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with Seni Seneviratne

Peepal Tree poet and Inscribe graduate Seni Seneviratne is fundraising for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Seni joins 49 other poets to take part in the Sheffield Poem-a-thon to raise money for ASSIST who support refused asylum seekers in the city. These asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing. 

ASSIST says that:

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North Coast Writing Retreat

The North Coast Writing Retreat is a three-day intensive which will include masterclasses in life writing with Monique Roffey, and poetry with Loretta Collins Klobah.
Grand Riviére, Trinidad
7-10 January 2016
To apply, 1) submit either two poems or 2000 words of life writing (or both) and 2) a short resume of your writing experience to date to moniqueroffey@gmail.com.

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Alecia McKenzie on her recent writing residency in Hong Kong

I was recently chosen for a month-long international writing residency in Hong Kong, which comprised readings, workshops, a trip to a college in mainland China, and the awarding of the title "Honorary Fellow in Writing" by Hong Kong Baptist University. Copies of "Sweetheart" were donated to the HKBU library, and some of my poems were translated into Chinese for the audience at the various events. I'm now back in Paris, helping with a project to translate the books of selected Jamaican writers into other languages.

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Jacob Ross: An Interview

Passionate elucidations of publishing, intelligent insights, and handy tips and advice for budding writers.

For those who don’t know who you are, could you give a brief introduction as to who you are and what you do?

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