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Esther Phillips named Poet Laureate of Barbados

We are beyond thrilled at the news that Esther Phillips has been named Poet Laureate of Barbados by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth yesterday.

Esther said she was honoured to receive the title.

Esther's published collections of poetry are:

When ground doves fly. Ian Randle, 2003
The Stone Gatherer. Peepal Tree Press, 2009.
Leaving Atlantis. Peepal Tree Press, 2015.

She has been editing BIM for many years and is also the main organiser of the BIM Literary Festival.

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Vahni Capildeo in York

Vahni Capildeo will be reading in York with Alex Houen in April as part of the Writers at York readings strand.

The event takes place Wednesday 18 April at 6.15pm on the main University of York campus.

We'll publish more details as we have them.

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"To be static is to be dead": An Interview With Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross is an author, a creative writing tutor, and the associate fiction editor for Peepal Tree Press. His oeuvre includes Pynter Bender (2008), the 2017 inaugural Jhalak Prize-winning book Bone Readers (2016), and Tell No-One About This (2017).

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#WATCH: Vladimir Lucien reads his poetry

In March 2017, St. Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien was recorded reading his debut and award-winning collection of poetry, Sounding Ground. These recordings add to emerging collections at Memorial University of Newfoundland which focus on understanding the performative aspects of Caribbean and Caribbean-Canadian writing and which grow teaching resources for the field of Caribbean scholarship.

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A Short and Eventful Journey on the Inscribe Writer's Programme

I can scarcely believe it was almost eight months ago, on a cold, dark December day when I made a trip I wasn't sure about. I was waist-deep in boxes, packing up my house to move. And the following day I was going travelling for two weeks. Feeling emotional and frazzled, it wasn't the best time for a Christmas party. But then being freelance, I don't often get invitations to these. So I thought, why not?

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Kamau Brathwaite honored with PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

Kamau Brathwaite has been awarded the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. The prize is awarded to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature.

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LitHub's 10 women Caribbean authors

A number of Peepal Tree authors make the list of LitHub's '10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know'. Check the list out.

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Anthony Kellman wins the prestigious Casa de las Américas Literary Award

2018 is already proving to be another winning year for Leeds-based independent publisher Peepal Tree Press. The judges of the highly coveted Casa de las Américas in Havana. Cuba have awarded the 2018 Casa de la Américas Literary Award in the Category of Anglophone Caribbean Literature to Anthony Kellman for his novel Tracing JaJa. Honorable mentions were given to Sharon Milagro Marshall for Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba and Philip Nanton for Canouan Suite & Other Pieces.

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Inpress Festival of Publishing

Inpress works to support independent publishing companies throughout the UK. Each year they host the Inpress Festival of Publishing to celebrate their publishers’ success and to create the opportunity for their publishers to meet, network, and share ideas. In January 2018, the annual festival centred on the mantra “I Did It My Way”, and was held at Friends House, London.

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Leone Ross longlisted for the Jhalak Prize

In an exciting development, Leone Ross was today longlisted for the Jhalak Prize for Writers of Colour. You may remember that last year's winner (for the inaugural prize) was our very own Jacob Ross!

Speaking of the news, Leone says, 'I'm delighted to be among so many amazing writers of colour, delighted to be representing short stories, and hardworking UK indie press. Everyone should go out and buy this longlist. That would be revolutionary.'

The full 2018 longlist follows:

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