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An Interview with John Robert Lee: A Caribbean Poet Who Lives in the Parish of St. Lucia, Part II

Acalabash has published the second part of its interview with St Lucian poet John Robert Lee.

John speaks about his dedications, his inspirations and his advice for young poets:

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Monique Roffey's top 10 mermaids for The Guardan

Monique Roffey has penned an article, 'Top 10 books about mermaids', for The Guardian. You can read it online now.

Monique writes:

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Nii Ayikwei Parkes' The Geez makes PBS Winter 2020 Recommendations list

Nii Ayikwei Parkes' latest collection of poems, The Geez, has made the Poetry Book Society Winter 2020 Recommendations list. The book received a wonderful review by Andrew McMillan and Nii himself wrote a short essay for the magazine, along with his poetry recommendations. In the essay, Nii talks about the origins of his book:

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A Pocket Guide to Writing (Good) Sex by Leone Ross

Over at the Spread the Word website, Leone Ross has written A Pocket Guide to Writing (Good) Sex!

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Listen to Monique Roffey and Samira Ahmed on Front Row

With the Booker shortlist featuring books which deal with trauma, BBC Radio's Front Row explores the issues for writers in writing about trauma in both fiction and non fiction with writers Meg Rosoff and Monique Roffey, and the critic Suzi Feay. Monique talks about writing on trauma with Dodo Ink for their upcoming anthology, TRAUMA: Art as a response to mental health.

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#WATCH: Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture 2020 hosted Marc Wadsworth

Hosted by Marc Wadsworth, the annual Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture, organised by the National Union of Journalists, this year features Dr Francesca Sobande. Sobande is a lecturer in Digital Media Studies at JOMEC, with research interests and expertise in issues related to race, gender, structural inequalities, media, and the marketplace.

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Comrade Sak profiled in Eastern Eye

An article on Marc Wadsworth's Comrade Sak and the legacy of Shapurji Saklatvala appeared recently in Eastern Eye (Issue 1582, Friday 30 October 2020, page 14).

In his book, Wadsworth concludes: “As Saklatvala repeatedly charged, and is documented in my book, Labour in power frequently displayed attitudes and practices towards empire, colonialism and, frankly, in the racist immigration laws it brought in, that differed little from those of the Conservatives.

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#WATCH: Destined to Grow Apart by Malika Booker | Spoken Word Adaptation of Mars | BBC Earth

Writer, poet, theatre maker and educator, Malika Booker (@malikabooker) personifies Mars in this poem about planetary siblings, as part of BBC Earth.

Photo by Victor Garcia

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Malika Booker wins Forward Prize for Best Single Poem

We're pleased to announce that Malika Booker won The 2020 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (worth £1,000) for her poetic contribution to Magma 75: The Loss Issue, edited by our very own 

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Poem of the Day: 'A Gimbal of Blackness' at the Poetry Book Society

You can now read Nii Ayikwei Parkes' wonderful poem 'A Gimbal of Blackness' at the Poetry Book Society website. The poem is from his new book, The Geez.

Read the poem online.

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