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Peepal Tree authors make the Big Jubilee Read list

The Peepal Tree titles (the first two from our Caribbean Modern Classics series) include The Hills Were Joyful by Roger Mais, My Bones and My Flute by Edgar Mittelholzer and The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross.

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Amanda Smyth shortlisted for 2022 Walter Scott Prize

We are pleased to announce that Fortune by Amanda Smyth has been shortlisted for the 2022 Walter Scott Prize.

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Merle Hodge and Funso Aiyejina win the 2022 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award

Merle Hodge and Funso Aiyejina have won the 2022 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters. Both winners will receive their awards virtually at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

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Colin Grant's profile of Anthony Joseph on WritersMosaic

The Trinidad-born writer, Anthony Joseph, has mastered myriad art forms – poetry, novel writing, and jazz music. As he tours with his band and heads to the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, Colin Grant reflects on an innovative artist – part surrealist, part trickster, fully incomparable – for WritersMosaic.

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Peepal Tree at the Huddersfield Literature Festival

Cultural Connections Conference: Meet the Northern Fiction Alliance
Thu 24 Mar, 3.30 pm-4.30 pm
Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH
Book tickets

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Frequent Magic: A celebration of Peepal Tree Press

Frequent Magic
in association with Speaking Volumes and Opera North
Date: Wednesday 16 March
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Howard Assembly Room, Opera North
Price: £10
Book online

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Zion Roses makes 2022 OCM Bocas Prize longlist

We are proud to announce that Monica Minott's Zion Roses has been longlisted for the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Recognised as the most prestigious award dedicated to Caribbean writing, the OCM Bocas Prize is now in its twelfth year. The Prize recognises books in three genre categories — poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction — published by authors of Caribbean birth or citizenship in the preceding year. Of the nine books longlisted for the 2022 Prize, seven are by women, and five are by authors of debut books.

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Transliteration: A poem for Ukraine by Jennifer Rahim


by Jennifer Rahim

Tyrannies reside in a vowel 

and more—

history-lesson Ukraine bring:

how powers dat be conspire 

to shackle a people,

an erase dey song. 

Kyiv, we hear you.

We know well dem language wars. 

Bombs draw blood first is tru, 

like sword sharp, an dat history 

is no blue moon, but it blue.

Gunman surround you, too,

put bullet in future brite-

brite like sunflower

is a colour 

dat haunt a whole geography.  

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An Evening with Warsan Shire, hosted by Malika Booker

An Evening with Warsan Shire
Hosted by Malika Booker

Date: Monday 14 March
Time: 8-9.15pm, followed by a book signing
Venue: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA
Price: £10 / £8 under 352 / £20 with a copy of the book
Ages: 14+
Book online

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Peepal Tree named as a regional finalist in the Nibbies

The Bookseller has announced that we have been selected as a Regional Finalist for the Small Press of the Year in North England in this year's Nibbies.

The British Book Awards, aka the Nibbies, represent the absolute best of the book trade, showcasing the books, bookshops, agents and publishers who make this industry shine.

This year’s celebrations will return to Central London on 23rd May 2022 alongside an online ceremony for those who cannot attend in person.

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