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Alecia McKenzie on her recent writing residency in Hong Kong

I was recently chosen for a month-long international writing residency in Hong Kong, which comprised readings, workshops, a trip to a college in mainland China, and the awarding of the title "Honorary Fellow in Writing" by Hong Kong Baptist University. Copies of "Sweetheart" were donated to the HKBU library, and some of my poems were translated into Chinese for the audience at the various events. I'm now back in Paris, helping with a project to translate the books of selected Jamaican writers into other languages.

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Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers Group

Great turn out on Sunday for the Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers Group workshop! No amount of rain stopped the creative energy in that room! There was a common thread of shared experiences, the urge to write stories and to be heard!! Round the table / Hearts opened, pens were put to paper' written work shared! rekindled emotions through family love, loss n birth, historical narratives, finding ones feet/place/voice, praise poems n elegies...

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3 Peepal Tree books in the running for the Guyana Prize for Literature

Not one, but three Peepal Tree Press titles have made the shortlist for this year's Guyana Prize!

Peepal Tree has two titles in the Best Book of Fiction list, Johnson's Dictionary by David Dabydeen and The Last Ship by Jan Lowe Shinebourne, and one in the Best book of Poetry, God's Spider by Cyril Dabydeen.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Georgetown, Guyana on November 29th .

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Marlon James bigs up Peepal Tree writers in Vogue

Hot on the heels of his Booker win, Vogue asked Marlon James What contemporary Caribbean authors should we be reading?

And we're delighted to see that 3 of the 6 he named, Sharon MillarIshion Hutchinson and Kei Miller are writers published by Peepal Tree Press! You can read the rest of the article on the Vogue website

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Closure launch at Waterstones Piccadilly

Peepal Press and Waterstones Piccadilly celebrate contemporary Black British writing with authors Pete Kalu, Jennifer Makumbi, Seni Seneviratne and Ayesha Siddiqi and the launch of "Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories". This evening's Salon, combining discussion and readings, is hosted by the editor of Closure, Jacob Ross.

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London Short Story Festival report by Jocelyn Watson

Thanks to Inscribe and the London Short Story Festival Free Ticket Scheme I was able to attend what was an inspiring and encouraging event with short story writers from all over the world, reading their work, sharing their ideas and skills and debating the role of the short story in literary fiction today.

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More praise for Inscribe's latest publication

"Opening a short story anthology, there is often something to delight, something to surprise. There is also often something clever, self-indulgent, that speaks of a writer's skill but limited experience of life. Jacob Ross's careful selection of stories from black British writers restores a sense of connection with the detail of human fragility in our fragmented contemporary culture; with narrative, with the spirit. With the subtle, sometimes unconscious, responses of these writers to what Britishness means.

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Call for Submissions 'Filigree' poetry anthology

Inscribe Series Editor, Kadija Sesay and internationally renowned and award winning poet Nii Ayikwei Parkes are looking for submissions for a new anthology of contemporary Black British poetry. The theme they have chosen for this exciting new anthology is ‘Filigree’.

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BuzzFeed lists Closure in 22 Brilliant New Books You Should Read This Autumn

We are delighted to report that Closure, our latest short story anthology from Inscribe has made this influential list. BuzzFeed said:

"A collection of stories from black and minority ethnic British authors, thematically united by unexpected endings. Featuring stories from Monica Ali, Dinesh Angelo Allirajah, Muli Amaye, Lynne E. Blackwood, Judith Bryan, Tariq Mehmood, Karen Onojaife, Leone Ross, Seni Seneviratne, Ayesha Siddiqi, and many others."

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The Whale House and other stories

Check out the excellent review of Sharon Millar's collection The Whale House and other stories at Dundee University Review of the Arts (DURA):

'The Whale House is a well crafted portrait of a culture that is likely unfamiliar, as well as an exploration of personal and national identity, the uncanny yet familiar, and feminist themes that are forceful without ever being presumptuous. Overall, it is a well-balanced, clever collection which is pleasant to read, in no small part due to Millar’s expert ability to build-up atmosphere.'

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