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Degna Stone: A lesson in bullet points

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Minoli Salgado takes Slovenia by storm!

Minoli Salgado has just returned from an epic tour of Slovenia! Here's a summary of the many events, interviews and appearances she made during her time there.

Public Talks in Ljubljana

Minoli took par in two public talks in the capital city of Ljubljana to promote the Slovenian translation of A Little Dust on the Eyes. These were:

26 March: Literary Event: 'Twelve Cries from Home': Public talk with Readings. Hosted by Department of English, University of Ljubljana. Discussant Petra Mertec (journalist).

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Leone Ross longlisted for Edge Hill Prize

Hot on the heels of her Saboteur Awards nomination, Leone Ross has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Putting her in the running for a whopping £10,000, this is a highly regarded prize that celebrates the art of short stories. The Edge Hill Prize is now the only UK award for a single-authored collection of short stories. The shortlist will be announced sometime in June. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Rd, London where it is hoped the shortlisted writers will read from their work.

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Jacqueline Crooks at the Northern Short Story Festival 2018

Stories Across Worlds with Jacqueline
Sat 2 June 
Room 1: Carriageworks Theatre

This workshop will help you develop stories that range across landscapes, languages, space and time. Using writing exercises, visuals and soundscapes we will develop unique settings.  We will develop characters and place them within settings that give them voice to tell their unique stories. This workshop is suitable for writers of all levels, particularly those from the margins, writing outside the mainstream.

Tickets: £12 (single event)

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Peepal Tree authors at Words in the City

Dead and Wake: Khadijah Ibrahiim plus guest musicians

Experience a Jamaican ‘Nine Night’ with poet and live artist Khadijah Ibrahiim. Interactive candlelit performance exploring Carribean rituals around death through poetry, music, ghost stories and song.

Features specially created poems and traditional Nine Night songs.

A WITC micro-commission.

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Hope House Gallery
Price: FREE

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Folk on the Tyne Backbone of our Land

Great Exhibition of the North: Folk on the Tyne
Backbone of our Land
Saturday 28th July, 2018. 6pm - 7pm

Backbone of our Land. What does it mean to be Northern? Why do we live here and why do we stay here? A host of leading Northern poets and folk musicians have been asking these questions.

“How did we get here, eh? We’re surprised to find ourselves on the brink of a seismic shift in our national identity but how did we get to this? When did we stop talking to each other? Let’s start talking now.

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Read 'Roof of Night' by Ishion Hutchinson

First, above all, I live forever. And
thereafter redecorate paradise
in the majesty of the Roof Nightclub,
DJ Lucifer, at predawn hours
terrifies the floorboards to give way to
Apollyon’s abyss, reflecting scarred light
on the wall. The mirror alive with tremors.

Of the poem, Ishion writes:

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Woman power I-rising from the page: In conversation with Marcia Douglas

Loretta Collins Klobah and her students interviewed Marcia Douglas for an in-depth and intriguing discussion around her work and inspirations.

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The Mixtape Tour

Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry . . . The Mixtape Tour.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems . . . all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

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Jennifer Rahim wins the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

We were thrilled when the 2018 OCM Bocas Prizes for Fiction and Poetry were announced earlier this year - since two of our writers were selected! Shara McCallum and Jennifer Rahim won the awards for Madwoman (Poetry) and Curfew Chronicles (Fiction), respectively.

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