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RIP George Parfitt

It's with deepest regret that we share the news of the death of George Parfitt. Undoubtedly our best customer for many years, George enthusiastically reported on what he read, all as part of his attempt to discover his Caribbean heritage as a white Trinidadian long in the UK.

Read George's obituary in The Guardian.

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Dwight Thompson Delivers Hard-Hitting Coming-Of-Age Tale With Debut Novel

Peepal Tree Press is proud to announce the publication of Death Register. In this searingly honest debut novel, Jamaican author Dwight Thompson fearlessly and candidly explores themes of homophobia, emerging sexuality, identity, and the devastating effects of abuse.

Chauncey Knuckle, as both a developing writer and the protagonist in this coming-of-age tale, is presented with honesty and humanity, and he is brought to life with a true ambivalence that is only fitting for such a complex character. 

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#WATCH: Aisha Phoenix reading from Filigree

Aisha Phoenix reads her poem 'Seasons of the Cloth' in Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poets, published by Inscribe/Peepal Tree at the Kadija Sesay & Friends event on  8 October 2018, Barbican Library.

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Loretta Collins Klobah interview mentioned by The Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation has written of Vahni Capildeo's interview of Loretta Collins Klobah in the July-August  PN Review, about Ricantations (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2018) and her work more generally.

Read more online.

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Call for submissions: Audre Lorde-inspired performances

The Marlborough Theatre and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts are delighted to announce two new commissions for BAME LGBTQ+ artists to create a new 15-minute performance inspired by Audre Lorde!

Following on from 2017’s successful Thinking Queer: Bloomsbury Group, TMT and ACCA are excited to present another night of reflection, resistance, poetics and power, this time to celebrate the work of trailblazing writer, thinker and activist Audre Lorde.

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Desiree Reynolds award £10,000 for second novel

Author of Seduce, Desiree Reynolds, has been granted £10,000 by Arts Council England as part of the Develop Your Creative Practice Scheme.

The £14.4m fund is specifically designed to support independent creative practitioners, in recognition of the fact that Project Grants aren't always suitable for solo professional development or time to write. Unlike Project Grants, the money from DYCP doesn't require an artist to show their work at the end; it's purely for artists to take their work in new and exciting directions without the pressure to deliver.

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Leone Ross joins Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh and Kazuo Ishiguro

Leone Ross will be published alongside Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ali Smith, Mark Haddon, Helen Dunmore and many more famous names in the new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary Short Story! Leone's story was picked up from Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

The anthology covers fiction from the two decades between the death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997) to today.

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Loretta Collins Klobah wins PEN Translates award!

The Sea Needs No Ornament, edited and translated from Spanish by Loretta Collins Klobah and Maria Grau Perejoan, has won a PEN Translates award.

Books from seventeen countries and ten languages make up the latest round of PEN Translates award winners. These include poetry collections from the Caribbean, Indonesia, The Netherlands and Iran, novels from Sudan, Cape Verde and Syria, and autofiction from Peru.

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Kwame Dawes, Jeremy Poynting elected Honorary RSL Fellows

Kwame Dawes and Jeremy Poynting have been elected Honorary RSL Fellows by the Royal Society of Literature, joining Jacob Ross, who has been a Fellow for some time.

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Leone Ross, Jeremy Poynting discuss Come Let Us Sing Anyway

Linda Mannheim talks to Leone Ross about her short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway. In addition, Peepal Tree Press' Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting talks about how he founded the Leeds-based independent press that became the largest publisher of Caribbean writing in the world and explains why they decided to publish Leone Ross’s first short story collection.

Joseph Bloncourt, an EMT living in New York, also talks about why he started reading Come Let Us Sing Anyway during his commute.

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