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Amanda Smyth tells the Irish Times what inspired novel Fortune

Amanda Smyth's novel Fortune has been included on the Walter Scott Prize shortlist. She wrote for the Irish Times about the inspiration and influences behind the book.

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Call for papers: Taking the Mic: Black British Spoken Word Poetry Since 1965

The Poetry off the Page project is delighted to be hosting its first conference, Taking the Mic: Black British Spoken Word Poetry Since 1965, co-convened by Dr Deirdre Osborne FRSA, Dr Emily Kate Timms, and Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE at Central School of Speech and Drama on 18 November 2022. This will be a free in-person event with possibilities for remote attendance.

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Fierce as an Island with Pamela Mordecai and Olive Senior

Outstanding poets Pamela Mordecai and Olive Senior (current Poet Laureate of Jamaica) will take part in the 2022 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Four Days to Change the World, an entirely online festival requiring no tickets or registration.

Sunday 1 May, 2022
8 pm Trinidad and Tobago time (AST)/7 pm Jamaica time
Fierce as an Island

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SI Leeds Literary Prize is open for entries!

Entries for the 10th anniversary edition of the SI Leeds Literary Prize will be accepted from 18 April – 2 May. We are proud to once again support the prize for Black and Asian women writers based in the UK.

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Peepal Tree authors make the Big Jubilee Read list

The Peepal Tree titles (the first two from our Caribbean Modern Classics series) include The Hills Were Joyful by Roger Mais, My Bones and My Flute by Edgar Mittelholzer and The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross.

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Amanda Smyth shortlisted for 2022 Walter Scott Prize

We are pleased to announce that Fortune by Amanda Smyth has been shortlisted for the 2022 Walter Scott Prize.

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Merle Hodge and Funso Aiyejina win the 2022 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award

Merle Hodge and Funso Aiyejina have won the 2022 Bocas Henry Swanzy Award for Distinguished Service to Caribbean Letters. Both winners will receive their awards virtually at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest.

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Colin Grant's profile of Anthony Joseph on WritersMosaic

The Trinidad-born writer, Anthony Joseph, has mastered myriad art forms – poetry, novel writing, and jazz music. As he tours with his band and heads to the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, Colin Grant reflects on an innovative artist – part surrealist, part trickster, fully incomparable – for WritersMosaic.

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Peepal Tree at the Huddersfield Literature Festival

Cultural Connections Conference: Meet the Northern Fiction Alliance
Thu 24 Mar, 3.30 pm-4.30 pm
Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH
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Frequent Magic: A celebration of Peepal Tree Press

Frequent Magic
in association with Speaking Volumes and Opera North
Date: Wednesday 16 March
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Howard Assembly Room, Opera North
Price: £10
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