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Update on 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize cohort

Our 2014 SI Leeds Literary Prize cohort has been busy. 2019 has seem them achieve a number of things, which you can read all about at the SI Leeds Literary Prize website.

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OCM Bocas Shortlist: T&T authors predominate

Books by three writ­ers from Trinidad & Tobago have made the short­list for the 2019 OCM Bo­cas Prize for Caribbean Lit­er­a­ture - including our very own Danielle Boodoo-For­tuné.

This is the first time in the his­to­ry of the prize that all three category winners, who form the overall shortlist, have been from the same country.

One book each in the categories of poetry, fiction and prose will compete to win the over­all award of US$10,000. The award will be pre­sent­ed on 4 May dur­ing the 2019 NGC Bo­cas Lit Fest (1 to 5 May) in Port-of-Spain.

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Four Peepal Tree titles make the Bocas longlist

Nine books by writers from four Caribbean countries have been announced on the longlist for the 2019 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. Peepal Tree Press is very proud to announce that four of our own titles have made the list: Doe Songs by Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Ricantations by Loretta Collins Klobah, Kitch by Anthony Joseph and Cut Guavas by Robert Antoni.

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Buy tickets for Africa Writes now

Our friends at Africa Writes have announced the headline events for this year. Chigozie Obioma is the headline author for Africa Writes 2019! The UK’s biggest festival celebrating writing from Africa and the Diaspora, brought to you by the Royal African Society.

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Peepal Tree guest post at the Republic of Consciousness blog

Founded in 1985 by our Managing Editor, Jeremy Poynting, Peepal Tree press had humble beginnings. Our first title, Backdam People by Rooplall Monar, was typeset on a daisywheel printer after hours in college. In the last 34 years, we have brought readers around 350 titles by Caribbean, Asian, and Black British authors, making a name for ourselves as the leading publisher of Caribbean literature...

Read the blog in full.

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Help support Ledbury Poetry Festival

On Wednesday 20 March, Ledbury Poetry Festival will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise the funds to welcome three poets to the UK: Enrique Winter from Chile, Laura Wittner from Argentina and Shivanee Ramlochan from Trinidad.

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Peepal Tree poets awarded prestigious 2019 Windham-Campbell awards

Kwame Dawes and Ishion Hutchinson have been announced as 2019 recipients of Windham-Campbell awards worth $165,000 each! The Windham-Campbell prizes are global English-language awards that call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.

Peepal Tree Press is beyond proud to have published the debut collections of both poets, and Kwame Dawes now holds the role of associate poetry editor at Peepal Tree, and ‘discovered’ Ishion Hutchinson.

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February Kindle Deal: Come Let Us Sing Anyway for 99p

Throughout February, Amazon will be featuring Leone Ross' short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway in its Kindle promotion. The ebook will be on sale for just 99p for the month.

Buy the book at Amazon UK now.

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Stella Ahmadou is one of Jacaranda's 20 black authors for 2020

We're pleased to see that 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize-shortlisted writer Stella Ahmadou has been selected as one of 20 black writers to appear in Jacaranda's exciting new project to publish 20 authors in 2020.

Jacaranda was successful in crowdfunding £25,000 to support its publishing programme for 2020.

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Kitch makes the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 longlist

The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 longlist has been announced, and Kitch has made the cut.

Read the brief accompanying review.

Kitch is one of 13 titles comprise the longlist. 

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