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#WATCH: Destined to Grow Apart by Malika Booker | Spoken Word Adaptation of Mars | BBC Earth

Writer, poet, theatre maker and educator, Malika Booker (@malikabooker) personifies Mars in this poem about planetary siblings, as part of BBC Earth.

Photo by Victor Garcia

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Malika Booker wins Forward Prize for Best Single Poem

We're pleased to announce that Malika Booker won The 2020 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (worth £1,000) for her poetic contribution to Magma 75: The Loss Issue, edited by our very own 

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Event: Caribbean and Black British writing and the publishing industry

As part of the Leeds Beckett University Centre for Culture and the Arts' Black History Month programme, on 27 October 2020, Drs Emily Zobel Marshall and Rachel Rich will be in discussion with Jeremy Poynting, the editor of Leeds-based Peepal Tree Press; a press which is the biggest publisher of Caribbean literature globally.

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Poem of the Day: 'A Gimbal of Blackness' at the Poetry Book Society

You can now read Nii Ayikwei Parkes' wonderful poem 'A Gimbal of Blackness' at the Poetry Book Society website. The poem is from his new book, The Geez.

Read the poem online.

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Marc Wadsworth on Black British heroes William Cuffay and John Archer

In his article 'Why Black British labour movement heroes must be remembered', Marc Wadsworth sheds some light of the lives of William Cuffay and John Archer. Check out the article at Union News.

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#WATCH: Home and Away: new fiction by Zalika Reid-Benta and Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw

Jamaican-Canadian Zalika Reid-Benta (author of Frying Plantain) and Trinidadian Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw (author of Stick No Bills) read from their new short story collections, exploring the lives of contemporary women in T&T, Canada, and Jamaica. Chaired by Desirée Seebaran.

Home and Away is powered by the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

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Jacob Ross and Monique Roffey in Conversation

A conversation between Jacob Ross and Monique Roffey
Thursday 22 October

(Book online)

Jacob Ross and Monique Roffey discuss publishing in these novel times.

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Barbara Jenkins read by LeVar Burton

Legendary actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek, Reading Rainbow) has selected the short story 'A Good Friday' by Barbara Jenkins for his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. 'A Good Friday' is also the ninth chapter of De Rightest Place. LeVar reads the story with his very best Trinidadian accent and remarks, 'I had so much fun reading Barbara Jenkins' story.'

You can read more of Barbara's stories in Sic Transit Wagon and Pepperpot.

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On Love: Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and Seni Seneviratne

Saturday 17 October 2020
(Book online)

Join poets Seni Seneviratne and Afshan D’souza-Lodhi as they read from their collections, Unknown Soldier and re: desire at the York Literature Festival.

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#WATCH: Lauren K. Alleyne chat to Shivanee Ramlochan as part of Bios & Bookmarks

You can now watch Bocas Lit Fest's Bios & Bookmarks event with Lauren K. Alleyne, poet and witness bearer extraordinaire, interviewed by Shivanee Ramlochan, on YouTube (and embedded below).

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