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Radio Free on Wilson Harris

We learn only now that novelist Wilson Harris (1921-2018) passed, several weeks ago, in Chelmsford, England. With him passes, very nearly, generations of highly political, English-language Caribbean literature. George Lamming, of Barbados, remains frail but has spent a life on the Left; V.S. Naipaul, raised in Trinidad, is active and as always, on the Right.

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Angela Carter on Wilson Harris: 'the Guyanese William Blake'

This feature appears in the Times Literary Supplement:

He’s got these curious hooded eyes, he never looks at you straight. And this wonderful sing-song voice, this vatic, musical accent. He’s very impressive. But I don’t want to give you the wrong impression because he’s not like John Berger: it’s obvious that he never set out to be impressive. I can only say about his presence that when he said to me about my son, “You have a wonderful little boy”, I felt it was some kind of blessing.

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Global Voices article on Wilson Harris

Widely considered to be a pioneering voice in English literature, with a beguiling intellect and masterful grasp of language, Harris began his career in Guyana as a land surveyor. The job took him on jaunts to the country's fascinating interior, where he grew close the indigenous people who lived there. The knowledge they shared with him and the majestic backdrop of the Amazon rainforest would go on to feature in many of his novels.

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Shivanee Ramlochan makes Felix Dennis Prize shortlist

The judges of the 2018 Forward Prizes for Poetry have shortlisted debut Caribbean poet Shivanee Ramlochan for her collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree Press) for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. This is the third nomination for a Peepal Tree author in so many weeks, as Leone Ross was nominated for both the Jhalak Prize and Saboteur Award. If Shivanee wins, she will pick up a sweet £5,000 in prize money.

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Garth St. Omer 1931-2018

An obituary by John Robert Lee, on behalf of the Folk Research Centre

St. Lucian-born novelist Garth St. Omer passed away on Tuesday 24th April in Santa Barbara, California. He had lived and worked there for many years.

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Peepal Tree authors win both categories of 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Books by writers from Jamaica and T&T have been named to the shortlist of the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize, the Caribbean’s top literary award, sponsored by One Caribbean Media, parent company of the Express and TV6 and radio network.

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A Flies to Whatless Boys: Memory and Archiving

From The Digital Caribbean:

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Jacqueline Bishop launches exhibition in NYC

‘By the Rivers of Babylon’ Jacqueline Bishop
Opening Reception March 30, 6-9pm
March 30 – April 22, 2018
SRO Gallery, 1144 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

SRO Gallery will be hosting By the Rivers of Babylon, an exhibition of paintings by the artist and writer Jacqueline Bishop with selections from three separate but overlapping series: “Dudus”; “Landscapes: Jamaica,” and “Babylon & Zion.”

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Colonial Countryside: Ten New Creative Commissions

10 new creative writing commissions at £1,200 each for ‘Colonial Countryside: English Country Houses Reinterpreted.’

About the project

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SI Leeds Literary Prize on BBC Radio Leeds

The SI Leeds Literary Prize was recently featured on BBC Radio Leeds with Prize Director Fiona Goh and 2016 winner, Amita Murray.

This year’s winner will receive £3,000, the runner-up will get £1,250, and there will be a third prize of £750.  The award’s Prize Plus programme also supports shortlisted writers through a programme of events, workshops, manuscript assessment and 1:1 coaching.

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