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Jeremy Poynting talks to Bookseller about ACE advice on political statements

The Bookseller recently ran an article titled "ACE clarifies advice on 'political statements' but trade figures still concerned about threat to free speech". Peepal Tree Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting sent a letter toThe Bookseller outlining his response the new Arts Council guidance; numerous other ACE-funded publishers also spoke to the publication. Only part of Jeremy's letter was published, but the rest can be found below the link to the article.

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Peepal Tree Press and HopeRoad Publishing to join forces

Peepal Tree Press and HopeRoad Publishing are delighted to announce that from 1st February 2024 they are joining forces to secure and build on the diversity of independent publishing in the UK.

Peepal Tree Press and HopeRoad see in each other companies with a compatible ethos, backlists and complementary publishing identities.

The new agreement means that Peepal Tree will take responsibility for the physical production of HopeRoad’s titles, marketing and back-office operations. HopeRoad will retain ownership and control of its IP and its choices of new titles.

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Lakshmi Persaud, 1937 - 14 January 2024

Lakshmi Persaud September 1937 - 14 January 2024

We have just learned of the sad news of the death of Lakshmi Persaud on the 14th January, peacefully at her home in Mill Hill, London, surrounded by her children. She was 86.

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Esther Phillips in We the People Are Barbados on BBC World Service

Esther Phillips's poem "We Island People" (from Witness in Stone) is featured in the recent BBC World Service documentary podcast We the People Are Barbados.

In the documentary, award-winning author Candice Brathwaite explores Barbados’ transition to a republic and interviews poet laureate Esther Phillips, historian Dr Pedro Welch, artist Oneka Small, journalist Krystal-Penny Bowen and socio-economics expert Professor Don Marshall. What emerges is a sense of the nation's changing identity.

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RIP Edward Baugh 1936-2023

We are saddened to learn of the death of yet another giant of Caribbean writing and letters. It was a shock to realise that Eddie Baugh was 87. In his later years, he was always so spry and engaged that he seemed indestructible. For over fifty years he made an outstanding contribution to the postcolonial development of Caribbean writing, as a critic, a university teacher and administrator, actor, public orator (at university graduations), a literary biographer and as a very fine poet.

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The Dread Unsayable: A Free 2024 Poetry Intensive with Shivanee Ramlochan

Shivanee Ramlochan has posted the following news about an upcoming poetry workshop:

Mentoring - giving or receiving - has always stuck in my craw as a fraught enterprise. Service, on the other hand, has always been how I’ve understood why I am here at all. Please think of this as a service, a way for me to tangibly and truthfully share what I’ve learned so far to help writers who find themselves crossroaded, short of options.

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Peepal Tree Press statement in support of Publishers for Palestine

Peepal Tree Press supports the stand of nearly four hundred publishers from around the world who have joined the campaign Publishers for Palestine. We support the call for an immediate ceasefire and the return of all hostages, including all Palestinians held without trial by Israel. We uphold the right of Palestinians to safety and security, to national self-determination, and to freedom from occupation and apartheid repression by the Israeli state.

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