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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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Inpress Festival of Publishing

Inpress works to support independent publishing companies throughout the UK. Each year they host the Inpress Festival of Publishing to celebrate their publishers’ success and to create the opportunity for their publishers to meet, network, and share ideas. In January 2018, the annual festival centred on the mantra “I Did It My Way”, and was held at Friends House, London.

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Publishing the Postcolonial: Politics and Economics of Postcolonial Print Cultures

Last week, Newcastle University hosted the Postcolonial Print Cultures Research Network’s (PPCR) second annual conference. The two-day event, titled ‘Publishing the Postcolonial: Politics and Economics of Postcolonial Print Cultures’, consisted of speakers from Yale, SOAS, New York University, Westminster University, Newcastle University, Amherst College, and CNRS. The presentations included a wide range of topics and encompassed diverse geographical locales.

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Kwame Dawes named AAP Chancellor

In exciting news, the illustrious Academy of American Poets has named Kwame Dawes as one of its newest Chancellors, joining Marilyn Chin and Marie Howe. Previous awardees of the position have included internationally renowned poets such as W. H. Auden, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich and Mark Strand.

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Learning in Leeds: A Small Press Can be a Warm Place

by Shivanee Ramlochan

The bookshelves here are a revelation.

I’ve worked professionally as a book reviewer for five years, and I’ve been a casual, enthusiastic book blogger longer than that. Peepal Tree’s books have been known to me long before Jeremy or Hannah knew my name, but it’s a different feeling altogether to see them in their place of origin.

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Learning in Leeds: Small Press Publishing, from Peepal Tree to Peekash Press

by Shivanee Ramlochan

It is cold in Leeds. The work continues.

I’m here for three weeks as a publishing intern at Peepal Tree Press. My first book, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, was released with Peepal Tree in October, but my awareness of this stalwart indie press, which is as old as I am, stretches back more than a decade. I work with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean’s largest literary festival, and the relationship between Bocas and Peepal Tree is supportive, sustaining. It needs to be.

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Peepal Tree Press wins the Clarissa Luard Award 2017

Selected from a strong and inspiring shortlist, the judges were particularly impressed by Peepal Tree Press’ tenacity in a challenging market, and by its innovative proposal for the £10,000 prize money.

“This award highlights the importance of independent publishing in our society and shines a light on its brilliance and dynamism across the country. The winners Peepal Tree Press are courageous and original in their publishing, bold in their future ambitions and truly deserve this award.”

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The Repenters longlisted for 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

We're thrilled to announce that The Repenters by Kevin Jared Hosein been nominated for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly IMPAC Dublin). This annual award is presented to a novel which, in the opinion of the judges, makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by libraries in major cities world-wide. The award has been in existence since 1996.

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Sharmaine Lovegrove calls us 'brilliant and dynamic'

In an interview at The Bookseller, in which she talks about the Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers, Sharmaine Lovegrove gives a shoutout to Peepal Tree and our friends at Jacaranda, calling us 'brilliant and dynamic'. (Read the article in full.)

Last week we were named as among those lucky and hard-working publishers to make the shortlist for the £10,000 award.

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Peepal Tree shortlisted for the Clarissa Luard Award!

We are thrilled to report that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers. We are in some excellent company, as the shortlist  includes other ace indies, Lantana Publishing, Little Toller Books and Penned In the Margins.

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