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Caribbean Beat interview: Savi Naipaul Akal

Savi Naipaul Akal exudes poise and presence. And charm. Buckets of charm. For our interview at her home in Valsayn, east of Port of Spain, she leads me to a table covered with a crisp white tablecloth weighed down by homemade cakes and finger sandwiches. The huge floral arrangement sitting in the middle stems from her own garden.

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Ms. Magazine to publish excerpt from Flanagan's Nina Simone manuscript

Ms Magazine is publishing, on 16 October, an excerpt from Brenda Flanagan's manuscript, Mississippi God Damn! The book is about 1967, a time in which she worked with the famous singer Nina Simone, and what she taught her about living Black and proud in America.

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Brenda Flanagan wins Canute A. Broadhurst Prize

Brenda Flanagan has been awarded the Canute A. Broadhurst Prize, given by The Caribbean Writer, an international journal of Caribbean literature, for her 2017 story, 'To Dance with my Brother'.

The Caribbean Writer announced the prize winners in its Volume 31 edition, under the theme: New Vistas: An Evolving Caribbean.

Speaking about the award, Brenda says, 'I am absolutely delighted to be honored with this prize from a journal that has, for years, been doing so much for Caribbean literature.'

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Madwoman wins 2018 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize

Shara McCallum's latest collection Madwoman has won the 2018 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, awarded by the New England Poetry Club to any book of poems published in the last two years.

The New England Poetry Club (NEPC) was founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken and E.E. Cummings was a charter member.

Winners of Book Prizes receive prize money of $250, 250 NEPC Award book-cover stickers (gold or silver-foil stickers which identify the book as prize-winning) and an opportunity to read at the NEPC.

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Shivanee Ramlochan: How I Did It

'In truth, Carnival’s proudest and most ingenious veterans, wielders of wire and whip and feather and bois, will all tell you: you must be in the mas to know it. You can be in the mas your whole life, and never know it in full,' writes Shivanee Ramlochan in this electrifying article for The Poetry School's 'How I Did It' series by Forward Prize-nominated writers. The series focuses on the process behind one of the poems in Shivanee's Felix Dennis First Collection-shortlisted title, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press).

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Keith Jardim fiction workshops

Creative Writing Workshop: Prose Fiction (Advanced)
in Association with
Friends of Mr. Biswas
4 October to 6 December 2018

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Vahni Capildeo: Walking Cities: Toronto – 'an exchange of air'

Vahni Capildeo reflects on her Walking Cities walk with Dionne Brand in Toronto for the British Council.

Read the article at the British Council website.

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Ricantations recommended for National Poetry Day

Ricantations by Loretta Collins Klobah has been selected as a National Poetry Day recommendation for 2018.

The National Poetry Day Book Group also added its notes on the book for a readers' guide targeting book clubs, students and teachers. The book will also be distributed to book groups in association with NPD partner, The Reading Agency.

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Shivanee Ramlochan interviews Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

'A sense of the inner wildness, the “untameness” that is always beneath the surface of people and places, is what drives many of the poems. In the process of writing and editing Doe Songs, I tried to access that inner wildness and to learn to see it in everything, to acknowledge that the domestic and the wild, the gentle and the feral are bound together so closely in all living things and places,' says Danielle.

Read the interview in full.

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Read and listen to Shara McCallum's 'No Ruined Stone'

'This poem is part of a manuscript that bears the same title, No Ruined Stone, and is an alternate account of history, based on the life of eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns. The real Burns very nearly migrated to Jamaica to work as a bookkeeper on a slave plantation.

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