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Writing on the Arts: A Workshop for Caribbean Culture Journalists

The British Council, working in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest, based in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Department of Literatures in English at the University of

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SI Leeds Literary prize announces winner

We are delighted to announce the awards for the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women:

1st Place: Amita Murray - Marmite and Mango Chutney
2nd Place: Winnie M Li - Dark Chapter
3rd Place: Jamilah Ahmed - Recognising Strangers

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Malika Booker: How We Sing Our Bodies

Ilkley Literature Festival
Date: Friday 14th October
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Ilkley Playhouse - Wharfeside
Price: £6.00/£4.00 concessions

Part of the A Man’s Place? Festival Strand.

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The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross out now!

Peepal Tree Press is proud to announce the publication of The Bone Readers, a gripping crime thriller set on the deceptively beautiful Caribbean island of Camaho, and the first title in Ross’s Camaho Quartet.

With its compelling sense of place and cast of characters with real emotional depth, The Bone Readers artfully delivers for the Caribbean what Ian Rankin does for Scotland, and is the first title in Ross’s Camaho Quartet.

Order a copy now at the special launch price of £7.99 

About the book

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A tribute to Austin Clarke

Sir Henry Fraser has penned a tribute to Austin Clarke:

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Caribbean wins big in Foward Prizes for Poetry--again!

The Guardian has today picked up on an interesting fact: the last three overall winners of the Forward Prize for Poetry (Vahni Capildeo in 2016, Claudia Rankine in 2015 and Kei Miller in 2014) are from the Caribbean.

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Forward Poetry win for Tiphanie Yanique's Wife (Peepal Tree Press)


We are thrilled to announce that the Forward Prize judges have chosen Tiphanie Yanique's Wife (Peepal Tree Press) as the winner of the UK's top poetry prize for new poets!

Malika Booker, on behalf of the judges, said: “Tiphanie Yanique’s Wife is above all a generous and witty book, an agile exploration of the many relationships within marriage. She has written a delightful exploration of the tensions and complexity of matrimony, in language that’s deceptively simple.” 

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2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016 for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women:

Dark Chapter – Winnie Li
Deadly Sacrifice – Stella Akinade-Ahmadou
Marmite and Mango Chutney – Amita Murray
Our Staggering Minds – Harkiran Dhindsa
Recognising Strangers – Jamilah Ahmed
When Skies Are Grey – Fran Clark

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John Lyons shortlisted for the CLPE children's poetry prize!

We are delighted to report that John Lyons's Dancing in the Rain has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)! The CLIPPA is the only award for published poetry for children. This award highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition. Established by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), the award is presented annually for an outstanding book of poetry published in the preceding year. 

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Cultural Development Foundation honours John Robert Lee

We're proud to announce that writer John Robert Lee has been honoured by the Cultural Development Foundation.

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