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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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The Bone Readers longlisted for Jhalak Prize

We are delighed to announce that Jacob Ross's new literary crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers has been longlisted for the new Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour! 

The shortlist will be announced on 6th February 2017 and the winner will be announced during Bare Lit Festival 2017.

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Loretta Collins Klobah interviews Jacqueline Bishop

In "Bringing It All Together: The Creative Process of Artist and Writer Jacqueline Bishop", Loretta Collins Klobah (University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras) interviews Jacqueline Bishop, author of the award-winning book The Gymnast and Other Positions, a collection of stories, essays and interviews. The piece was just published in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal (13: 2).

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Nick Makoha wins 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

Congratulations to Nick Makoha, winner of the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for Resurrection Man, selected by Robin Coste Lewis. Nick will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy Hotel and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook. He will give a feature reading at the 2017 O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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Report on the launch of Kumina Queen by Monica Minott

If one was to believe in stereotypes, accounting would seem the profession least likely to produce a poet. Yet, Monica Minott, accountant by day, has been steadily and quietly crafting her poetry and gaining a modicum of attention since winning the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2009. Her recently unearthed collection Kumina Queen makes a great account of her place among contemporary Jamaican poets.

Read the full report at Susumba.

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