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SI Leeds Literary Prize events 2018

There are a number of exciting events shaping up for this year's SI Leeds Literary Prize. There are some great speakers and writers involved across London this year. We'll be adding dates as we get them, so check back regularly or join our mailing list to keep up to date.

Rich Mix

Friday 14 September
7.00pm - 8.30pm
Tickets: £7.50 / £5.00
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Desiree Reynolds award £10,000 for second novel

Author of Seduce, Desiree Reynolds, has been granted £10,000 by Arts Council England as part of the Develop Your Creative Practice Scheme.

The £14.4m fund is specifically designed to support independent creative practitioners, in recognition of the fact that Project Grants aren't always suitable for solo professional development or time to write. Unlike Project Grants, the money from DYCP doesn't require an artist to show their work at the end; it's purely for artists to take their work in new and exciting directions without the pressure to deliver.

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Leone Ross joins Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh and Kazuo Ishiguro

Leone Ross will be published alongside Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ali Smith, Mark Haddon, Helen Dunmore and many more famous names in the new anthology, The Penguin Book of the Contemporary Short Story! Leone's story was picked up from Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

The anthology covers fiction from the two decades between the death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997) to today.

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Inscribe writers highly commended in Jericho-Marjacq Bursary 2018

Two Inscribers, Adam Lowe and Jocelyn Watson, were highly commended for the Jericho-Marjacq Bursary for under-represented writers 2018.

The 2018 winner was Carrie Nelson, with runners-up Indigo Griffiths, Dominic Nelson-Ashley, Julie Farrell, Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Jarred McGinnis. The highly commended writers were Adam and Jocelyn, Cathy Mark and Debjani Chatterjee.

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New course: Integrated Circuits: Creating Digital Poetry with Maya Chowdhry

Leap from page to screen and create interactive poems fit for our digital age

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Rare chance to see Fred D'Aguiar in the UK

A rare chance to hear Fred D'Aguiar read in the UK. Now based in the States, Fred will travel home to London to launch his new Carcanet collection Translations from Memory at the Poetry Café (London), where you can see him in conversation with Jacob Sam-La Rose.

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Two new interviews with Loretta Collins Klobah

In an interview called ‘Sentient of how we are related’, Vahni Capildeo interviews Loretta Collins Klobah about Ricantations.

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Loretta Collins Klobah wins PEN Translates award!

The Sea Needs No Ornament, edited and translated from Spanish by Loretta Collins Klobah and Maria Grau Perejoan, has won a PEN Translates award.

Books from seventeen countries and ten languages make up the latest round of PEN Translates award winners. These include poetry collections from the Caribbean, Indonesia, The Netherlands and Iran, novels from Sudan, Cape Verde and Syria, and autofiction from Peru.

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Esther Phillips in ZING: 'I'd love to see poetry explode'

The latest issue of ZING, the LIAT in-flight magazine, runs a wonderful review with Esther Phillips, the Bajan poet laureate. She lists her five favourite poetry collections. You read the whole interview at the ZING website.

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Kei Miller joins judges for 2018 National Poetry Competition

The  2018 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries! This year's illustrious panel of judges are Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron, who will read all poems and in the depths of next Winter determine the next winner, who will receive £5,000 and instant poetry fame.

The deadline is 31 October 2018.

Find out more.

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