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2021 OCM Bocas Prize: Andre Bagoo wins Non-fiction category, shortlisted for overall prize

The judges for the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature have announced the winners in the three genre categories: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

The genre category winners, by authors from three different Caribbean territories, will now enter the final round of judging, vying for the overall award of US$10,000.

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Marvin Thompson wins National Poetry Competition

'The Fruit of the Spirit is Love (Galatians 5:22)' by Marvin Thompson was judged the best from more than 18,000 poems entered into the National Poetry Competition by more than 7,000 writers from 95 countries.

Read more about this at the Guardian.

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PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony to honour Kwame Dawes

The 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony honors and celebrates remarkable literature and its writers. Dubbed by past host Seth Meyers as “the Oscars for books,” the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony will confer over $380,000 to writers and translators at all stages of their careers.

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Monique Roffey & Salena Godden: Re-imagining Fiction at Cambridge Literature Festival

Monique Roffey & Salena Godden: Re-imagining Fiction
Saturday 24 April 2021 | 12:30pm
£6.00 - Single event ticket
£35.00 – £50.00 - Festival Pass
https://cambridgeliteraryfestival.com/product/monique-roffey-salena-godden-spring-21/Book online

Monique Roffey discusses her Costa Book of the Year The Mermaid of Black Conch and Salena Godden her debut novel Mrs Death Misses Death

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London Library Lit Fest with Monique Roffey, Malika Booker and more

The following upcoming events from the London Library Lit Fest might be of interest:

Global Conversations: Myth and Discovery
Monday, May 3, 2021
2:00 PM  3:00 PM
LLLF brings Monique Roffey (UK) and C Pam Zhang (USA) together across two continents to discuss the common themes of myth, discovery and the lure and lore of the frontier. In partnership with Brighton Festival.

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Wilson Harris at 100: Celebrating the centenary of the spellbinding Guyanese writer, 1921–2018

Born in New Amsterdam, in what was then British Guiana, on 24 March, 1921, Wilson Harris is considered one of the most original writers of the twentieth century, for his fiction, essays, and poems exploring human history, metaphysics, and the natural world, in an inimitable style dense with metaphor, symbolism, and mythological reference.

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Ilkley Literature Festival: Corinne Fowler: Green Unpleasant Land

Corinne Fowler: Green Unpleasant Land
Date: Saturday 27th March
Time: 2:00 pm
Book online

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Republic of Consciousness Class of 2021: The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree Press)

Over at the Republic of Consciousness blog, Monique Roffey writes about her experience of bringing The Mermaid of Black Conch to life. The book was originally published in April 2020 and has gone on to multiple prize lists and thousands of readers bookshelves. 

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Peepal Tree authors at Leeds Lit Fest 2021 #LLF21

Our friends over at the Leeds Lit Fest launched their latest festival today. All the events are online, meaning you can access them from anywhere in the world! Check out these great events and more at the LLF website.

Weighted Words. Anthology Book Launch from the Peepal Tree Inscribe Readers and Writers Group

Sat 6 March, 4pm
Online Event

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Catch Dorothea Smartt at The Resilience Shuffle!

Selina Rodrigues, Gale Burns and Chris Beckett present:
The Resilience Shuffle
SATURDAY 27th February 2021
7pm - 8.30pm (GMT) with a break
Suggested donation: £5.00
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