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Caribbean Beat interview: Savi Naipaul Akal

Savi Naipaul Akal exudes poise and presence. And charm. Buckets of charm. For our interview at her home in Valsayn, east of Port of Spain, she leads me to a table covered with a crisp white tablecloth weighed down by homemade cakes and finger sandwiches. The huge floral arrangement sitting in the middle stems from her own garden.

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Ms. Magazine to publish excerpt from Flanagan's Nina Simone manuscript

Ms Magazine is publishing, on 16 October, an excerpt from Brenda Flanagan's manuscript, Mississippi God Damn! The book is about 1967, a time in which she worked with the famous singer Nina Simone, and what she taught her about living Black and proud in America.

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Inscribe writer Adam Lowe and author Una Marson join Grace Nichols and John Agard at British Library

Entrance Hall, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Fri 1 Jun - Sun 21 Oct 2018
Price: Free
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Inscribe-supported writer Adam Lowe appears as part of the British Library's Windrush exhibition, alongside videos by John Agard, Grace Nichols, Hannah Lowe, Maggie Harris and Kim O’Loughlin.

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Brenda Flanagan wins Canute A. Broadhurst Prize

Brenda Flanagan has been awarded the Canute A. Broadhurst Prize, given by The Caribbean Writer, an international journal of Caribbean literature, for her 2017 story, 'To Dance with my Brother'.

The Caribbean Writer announced the prize winners in its Volume 31 edition, under the theme: New Vistas: An Evolving Caribbean.

Speaking about the award, Brenda says, 'I am absolutely delighted to be honored with this prize from a journal that has, for years, been doing so much for Caribbean literature.'

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Bogle L’Ouverture founders Jessica and Eric Huntley given Blue Plaque

Bogle L'Ouverture Blue Plaque Unveiling
Saturday 13 October, 12.45-1.45pm
141 Coldershaw Road, London, W13 9DU
Organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust

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Madwoman wins 2018 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize

Shara McCallum's latest collection Madwoman has won the 2018 Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, awarded by the New England Poetry Club to any book of poems published in the last two years.

The New England Poetry Club (NEPC) was founded in 1915 by Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, and Conrad Aiken and E.E. Cummings was a charter member.

Winners of Book Prizes receive prize money of $250, 250 NEPC Award book-cover stickers (gold or silver-foil stickers which identify the book as prize-winning) and an opportunity to read at the NEPC.

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Poet in the City at Ilkley Literature Festival

This October Poet in the City makes its first appearance at Ilkley Literature Festival, delivering a triple helping of phenomenal poets and women Vahni CapildeoMalika Booker and Khadijah Ibrahiim who'll be performing poetry inspired by Windrush British library collection and Leeds communities.

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Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting 2018 UK tour

Saturday, September 15, 2018 3:30 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 8:00 PM
Various venues in England
Dates, prices and bookings: http://www.renaissanceone.co.uk/events/2018/9/15/shivanee-ramlochan-ever...

Shivanee Ramlochan will be in England from September to October 2018 for the Forward Prizes and during her stay, will be on a book tour giving readings at arts venues, festivals and universities, as well as running masterclasses and workshops.

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Remaining SI Leeds Literary Prize events

The SI Leeds Literary Prize website now includes more information on the shortlisted writers, including biographies, photos and excerpts of their shortlisted entries.

There are also two remaining events in London (Saturday 20 October, South Bank Centre and Tuesday 23 October, The Wesley Euston Hotel, London) and the Prize award ceremony with guest speaker Bidisha at Ilkley Literature Festival (Wednesday 3 October, 7.30pm).

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Humber Mouth: The Imaginarium Panel

Saturday 6 October, 1-3pm
Hull Central Library,HU1 3TF
Tickets: £6 / £5 concessions
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Emily Brontë had an Imaginarium, a place of fantasy where her work gestated and grew…What is the power of the Imaginarium, and could it be coming into its own today? The acclaimed Peepal Tree Press writers Leone Ross and Jacqueline Crooks, alongside Naomi Booth, will be in conversation with Bonnie Greer. All three will read from their books. 

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