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2016 OCM Bocas Prize category winners announced

Peepal Tree is happy to announce that two of the three Bocas Prize winners are Peepal Tree-published authors! The OCM Bocas judges announced the winners of the three categories last week. Here are the winners:


The Poetry Prize went to Wife by Tiphanie Yanique (Peepal Tree Press)


The Fiction Prize went to The Pain Tree by Olive Senior (Cormorant Books)


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Listen to Desiree Reynolds reading live at the Head in a Book festival, Hull

Desiree Reynolds recently performed at the Head in a Book festival in Hull, alongside fellow Peepal Tree writers Khadijah Ibrahiim and Sai Murray.

Listen to Desiree reading an excerpt of 'Works' from Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories.

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#WATCH: Khadijah Ibrahiim perform Another Crossing

Another Crossing tells the stories of an individual life, of a family, of the communities of Chapeltown and Harehills, and of crucial moments in the making of Leeds as a place where cultures meet.

"Here is a marvellous collection of poems that speaks to Leeds and the world; there’s lyricism here, and history and joy, politics, food, anger, and love. Above all there’s a powerful voice steeped in the Black Yorkshire experience that truly mines the universal in the local.” Ian McMillan

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Maya Chowdhry in DIVA Magazine

Maya Chowdhry was recently interviewed by DIVA, the UK's largest publication for lesbian, bisexual and queer women. Here's a little teaser:

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Listen to Sai Murray reading live at the Head in a Book festival, Hull

Sai Murray recently performed at the Head in a Book festival in Hull, alongside fellow Peepal Tree writers Khadijah Ibrahiim and Desiree Reynolds.

Recorded by Robert Eunson at Wrecking Ball Press.

Listen to Sai Murray reading 'Genesis':

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Jeremy Poynting honoured with the Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters

We are delighted to report that Peepal Tree's Founder and Managing Editor, Jeremy Poynting, is to be given the prestigious Bocas Henry Swanzy Award in recognition of his work!

The prize is awarded at 2016 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s festival of words, stories, and ideas. and is named for the late BBC radio producer (1915–2004) who created a landmark platform for Caribbean writing in the 1940s and 50s through the Caribbean Voices programme, which broadcast fiction and poems by West Indian writers across the region.

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Peepal Tree titles longlisted in the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize

The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist of nine books features four Peepal Tree Press titles! 

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Lauren K. Alleyne wins 2016 Split This Rock poetry contest!

Lauren K. Alleyne has won the 2016 Split This Rock annual poetry contest!

Split This Rock's annual poetry contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness.

Winning poems are published on Split This Rock's website and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. The 1st place recipient receives $500 and the 2nd and 3rd place recipients receive $250 each.The 1st place recipient is invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016.

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CaribLit Fiction Editing Workshop - A Retrospective

Writing for the T&T Guardian's Sunday Arts supplement, Shivanee Ramlochan reflects on the recently concluded, inaugural CaribLit fiction editing workshop, held in Georgetown, Guyana.

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Report from the Goldsmiths launch of Closure!

Our recent launch of Closure at Goldsmith's in London went down a storm!

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