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Changes to Inscribe Fiction Weekender

Regrettably we've had to change tutor for our fiction weekend, now re-named CRAFTING FICTION.

However I'm sure you'll agree that our new guest tutor ROMESH GUNESEKERA will be very special, fire you up, and put you through your paces!

Find out more.

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#WATCH: Nick Makoha's Black Metic promo

Nick Makoha, Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London has started the filming of Black Metic Poet interviews as part of his project on the Metic experiences of Black British Writers. The term ‘Metic’ translates as foreigners or resident aliens whose allegiances are split between their homeland and their new country coined by Nick explaining the phenomena.
Esteem poets including Chris Abani, Elizabeth Alexander, Gregory Parldo, Warsan Shire, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker and Anthony Joseph will be interviewed. 

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'I’m trying to write Jamaica into me': Opal Palmer Adisa interviews Shara McCallum

Opal Palmer Adisa interviews Shara McCallum for sx salon. Shara talks about her new book Madwoman, Jamaica and memory:

'I’m trying to write Jamaica into me, keep Jamaica with me as much as I can, despite being an emigrant and not living there. Jamaican history (my family’s story as part of the larger story of the country) and culture (in various ways but especially language and landscape, as you note) are touchstones to which I return, as a writer and as a person.'

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Olivier Stephenson on Derek Walcott for Wired Ja

Image: By Jorge Mejía peralta [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Olivier Stephenson writes about Derek Walcott over at Wired Ja.

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The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross wins the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

We are delighted to report that  Jacob Ross has won the inaugural The Jhalak Prize for his crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers!

There have been some wonderful comments from the judges. Speaking of The Bone Readers, judge Catherine Johnson said, 'Jacob Ross is, I believe, one of the most incisive and illuminating writers working in English today. The Bone Readers is a beautifully realised and exquisite crime novel.'

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Longlist announced for 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Three Peepal Tree writers have made it to the seventh OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist. Ann-Margaret Lim has been longlisted for Poetry, and both Marcia Douglas and Kevin Jared Hosein have been longlisted for Fiction. A winner will be selected for each category (the shortlist), with an overall winner selected in April at the festival.

Writing of the books, the prize said:

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More Peepal Tree writers appear on Radio 4!

It's such a surprise to see Caribbean writing getting its dues on BBC Radio 4 right now. With Caribbean writers picking up major awards in the UK and America, and Commonwealth Writers working with Peepal Tree and Akashic Books to support homegrown talent, we seem to be at a turning point. For too long, Caribbean literature was forgotten by bigger publishers, and the readers who wanted Caribbean books were underserved.

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Narrating the Caribbean Nation Outline Programme and Themes


February 24th-25th 2017

We invite you to celebrate 30+ years of Peepal Tree Press in conjunction with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

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In memory of Giselle Rampaul

We at Peepal Tree were grieved to learn of the unexpected and too early death of Giselle Rampaul.

Giselle was one of the people you only needed to meet once to remember. She brought gladness to people with a joyous smile.

Giselle was a much loved faculty member at UWI St Augustine, Trinidad, but we met her through her involvement with CaribLit. She was always around at the Bocas Litfest, always a delight to share a few words with.

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SI Leeds Literary Prize runner-up featured in Stylist's '10 Smashing Debut Novels' list

Great news for SI Leeds Literary Prize second place winner Winnie M Li. Her book, Dark Chapter, has been included in Cathy Rentzenbrink’s ’10 Smashing Debut Novels to Look Out For in 2017’ in Stylist Magazine — alongside books by George Saunders and Yaa Gyasi!

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