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Ioney Smallhorne: My journey back to writing

The past year has been the first time when I actually considered quitting writing and the arts industry as a whole. It was tough and not because of lockdown. I’ve been freelance for all of my adult working life, so working from home, feeling isolated, living with a sporadic financial landscape has been the norm.

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Esther Phillips and Monica Minott in conversation with Dr. Jeremy Poynting

A Conversation between Esther Phillips, Monica Minott and Dr. Jeremy Poynting
Wednesday 26 May, 6-8pm BST
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Esther Phillips won a James Michener fellowship to the University of Miami where she gained an MFA degree in Creative Writing, 1999.

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Poem: 'Please Send Me Flowers' by Jennifer Rahim

Photo by Deepak kumar on Unsplash

 

Please Send Me Flowers

(Thinking about "Fuck your Lecture on Craft, My People are Dying" by Noor Hindi)

by Jennifer Rahim

 

What if, today, I write this line,

                        hesitant

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Bookseller interview with Marvin Thompson: 'How could I be a poet if Black artists did not exist?'

The Bookseller features a wonderful interview with Peepal Tree poet Marvin Thompson. The interview is available in print and online now.

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Roger Robinson: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2021

Roger Robinson: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2021
Thursday 20 May 2021
6pm
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Writer and T.S. Eliot Prize winner Roger Robinson will deliver this year's Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory.

The Actuality of Gentrification

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Interview and Writing Workshop with Jacqueline Bishop: The Art of Writing

Interview and Writing Workshop with Jacqueline Bishop: The Art of Writing
May 20th 5.30-7.00pm

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Prospect: The northern literary rebellion

Prospect has published an article on 'The northern literary rebellion', featuring quotes from indie presses and members of the Northern Fiction Alliance:

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#WATCH: Caribbean and Black British writing and the publishing industry

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall and Dr Rachel Rich join Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting and Associate Fiction Editor Jacob Ross to talk about career opportunities in publishing and the wider literary ecology, both in the UK and the Caribbean.

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Barsa Rae on the Pandemic

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On Good Friday it's blue skies, 20C. With higher temperatures, the UK government has banned congregating outdoors. A walk is allowed. Mine takes me through the park, by the river, onto the golf course. The fairway is empty; an open cathedral with no worshippers. Easter is two days away, but when will we all be resurrected? In May, my parents come visiting from India, enjoy spring here. Not this year. When I walk alone, I walk for all of us.

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Kwame Dawes wins PEN Award

Peepal Tree's Associate Poetry Editor Kwame Dawes has been named the prestigious winner of the 2021 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner. PEN America's award honors a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, throughout their career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication they edit.

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