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Updates from John Lyons

John Lyons has written a piece for the Betjeman Poetry Prize website. It is written to encourage youngsters to get involved in writing poetry. You can read it here.

John also published one of his poems in the Betjeman Poetry Prize newsletter, which can also be read online.

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Vahni Capildeo to perform at Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity Politics

Dates: Fri, 5 Apr 2019, 10:00 – Sat, 6 Apr 2019, 18:30
Venues: University of Notre Dame (Fischer Hall); King's College London (Bush House)

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Esther Phillips gives inaugural reading as Poet Laureate

The photo above was taken at Esther Phillips' first public reading as Poet Laureate of Barbados on 15 February, 2019 at the EBCCI, University of the West Indies. Esther is pictured with writer George Lamming.

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Photo courtesy of UWI.

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Filigree hits Brighton

Our Brighton Filigree event was on a very blustery Sat 16 March, nevertheless we had a lovely, attentive, and supportive audience and a wonderful evening of readings from contributors Fawzia Muradali Kane, Nandita Ghose, Akila Richards and Hugh Stulz.

Each began their set by selecting and reading another Filigree poet as well as sharing their own works. Thanks to our talented readers for an inspiring and enjoyable evening, New Writing South for the venue and refreshments, and our audience for braving the winds.

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Malika Booker joins MMU's Manchester Writing School

Poet Malika Booker has joined Manchester Metropolitan's Manchester Writing School. 

Malika has joined Manchester Writing School as Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Booker is an international writer of poetry, radio and theatre and was the inaugural Poet-In-Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her first poetry collection ‘Pepper Seed’ was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize in 2014.

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Help support Ledbury Poetry Festival

On Wednesday 20 March, Ledbury Poetry Festival will launch a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise the funds to welcome three poets to the UK: Enrique Winter from Chile, Laura Wittner from Argentina and Shivanee Ramlochan from Trinidad.

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Una Marson: BBC's forgotten black star who worked with Eliot and Orwell

Thanks to Rommi Smith, who found this lovely profile of our very own Una Marson at the BBC. Una was the author we highlighted this year for International Women's Day, and continues to be an appealing historic figure to many. Her poetry is a highlight of the Caribben Modern Classics series.

Vic Motune writes, 'Just how important a figure she was is illustrated in a 1942 photograph as she prepares for a broadcast. Sitting next to her is the famous British poet T. S. Eliot while literary giant George Orwell peers over Marson’s shoulder.'

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Filigree contributors longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2019

Two contributors to the INSCRIBE Writers anthology Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry have been nominated for the Jhalak Prize: Roy McFarlane and Raymond Antrobus.

Longlist

The 2019 longlist is:

Roma Agrawal, Built : The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures (Bloomsbury)

Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of the Empire (Two Roads)

Raymond Antrobus, The Perseverance (Penned in the Margins)

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Peepal Tree poets awarded prestigious 2019 Windham-Campbell awards

Kwame Dawes and Ishion Hutchinson have been announced as 2019 recipients of Windham-Campbell awards worth $165,000 each! The Windham-Campbell prizes are global English-language awards that call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.

Peepal Tree Press is beyond proud to have published the debut collections of both poets, and Kwame Dawes now holds the role of associate poetry editor at Peepal Tree, and ‘discovered’ Ishion Hutchinson.

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Celebrate St. Patrick's day with Deported to Paradise: essays and memories

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, why not explore Edgar Nkosi White's book of essays and memories: Deported to Paradise. Montserrat, of course, has many people with Irish roots, who will most likely be celebrating this weekend. 

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