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#WATCH: The launch of The Sea Needs No Ornament / El mar no necesita ornamento

You can now watch Bocas Lit Fest's launch of The Sea Needs No Ornament/El mar no necesita ornamento on YouTube (and embedded below).

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#WATCH: Diana McCaulay read from Daylight Come

Watch Diana McCaulay read from and discuss her latest novel Daylight Come, third place winner of the 2019 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature.

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Marvin and Roger make list of National Poetry Day recommendations

Marvin Thompson's Road Trip and Roger Robinson's A Portable Paradise are included in the National Poetry Day recommendations for 2020 See the full list of recommended titles for more information.

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Peepal Tree to publish Irish-Trinidadian author Amanda Smyth's new novel, Fortune

We are delighted to announce that contracts have been signed for a stunning new novel from Irish-Trinidadian author Amanda Smyth. Fortune is Amanda's third novel, and is centred upon the tragic Dome fire in Trinidad in 1928.  Her first novel, Black Rock, was chosen as one of Waterstones New Voices, and translated into five languages.

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Comrade Sak: remembering forgotten African Caribbean and Asian political heroes

Marc Wadsworth

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Peepal Tree writers well represented in Forward Prize

It’s time to sharpen your poetry appetite, scan the poetry landscape and sample work by the names behind the poetry boom by reading the Forward Book of Poetry 2021.

This selection of the best poetry published in the UK and Ireland in 2020 has been harvested from more than 200 collections and journals eligible for the Forward Prizes. It includes work by the 15 poets shortlisted for 2020 Forward Prizes, plus 50 commended poets showing range and depth of the year in poetry.

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SI Leeds Literary Prize reading at #Homeby10 Festival

#Homeby10 Festival is a new writing festival designed to help take your writing career to the next level.

To celebrate its 10th birthday Dahlia Books presents #Homeby10 Fest, an online event taking place across 10 days in October.

#Homeby10 aims to support new and emerging writers by offering advice and inspiration through a series of talks and workshops.

Join in for a jam-packed programme designed to help you develop your writing talent and leave you ready to kick start the engine…

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Monique Roffey taking part in 'Sirene' for Babel Festival

Monique Roffey is taking part in the event 'Sirene' for the Babel Festival on Sunday 20 September. The event will take place at the Teatro Sociale in Switzerland at 2pm CEST. Monique is joined by Samanta Schweblin and Laura Pugno.

Check out the full programme online.

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Off the Shelf: Festival of Words 2020

Image credit: Fem Sorcell / Off the Shelf: Festival of Words

Off the Shelf
Festival of Words
9 - 31 October 2020

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SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist announced!

We are pleased to announce that our partners at the SI Leeds Literary Prize have selected their shortlist for this year's award. The following manuscripts are shortlisted for the 2020 SI Leeds Literary Prize:

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