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Zion Roses makes 2022 OCM Bocas Prize longlist

We are proud to announce that Monica Minott's Zion Roses has been longlisted for the 2022 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Recognised as the most prestigious award dedicated to Caribbean writing, the OCM Bocas Prize is now in its twelfth year. The Prize recognises books in three genre categories — poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction — published by authors of Caribbean birth or citizenship in the preceding year. Of the nine books longlisted for the 2022 Prize, seven are by women, and five are by authors of debut books.

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Transliteration: A poem for Ukraine by Jennifer Rahim


by Jennifer Rahim

Tyrannies reside in a vowel 

and more—

history-lesson Ukraine bring:

how powers dat be conspire 

to shackle a people,

an erase dey song. 

Kyiv, we hear you.

We know well dem language wars. 

Bombs draw blood first is tru, 

like sword sharp, an dat history 

is no blue moon, but it blue.

Gunman surround you, too,

put bullet in future brite-

brite like sunflower

is a colour 

dat haunt a whole geography.  

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An Evening with Warsan Shire, hosted by Malika Booker

An Evening with Warsan Shire
Hosted by Malika Booker

Date: Monday 14 March
Time: 8-9.15pm, followed by a book signing
Venue: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6JA
Price: £10 / £8 under 352 / £20 with a copy of the book
Ages: 14+
Book online

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Peepal Tree named as a regional finalist in the Nibbies

The Bookseller has announced that we have been selected as a Regional Finalist for the Small Press of the Year in North England in this year's Nibbies.

The British Book Awards, aka the Nibbies, represent the absolute best of the book trade, showcasing the books, bookshops, agents and publishers who make this industry shine.

This year’s celebrations will return to Central London on 23rd May 2022 alongside an online ceremony for those who cannot attend in person.

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A Night of Poetry and Prose with Monica Minott

Date: Tuesday 1 March 2022, 7pm EST/4pm PST/12am GMT on 2 March
Venue: Online event (Zoom)
Price: Free
Book online
Contact: birchbarkediting@gmail.com

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Maggie Butt, Robert Selby & Winsome Monica Minott at Faversham Literary Festival

Date: Saturday 19 February 2022, 4pm GMT
Location: The Mayors Parlour

Price: Free (booking required)
Book online

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Interview: The Miseducation of Merle Hodge in Caribbean Beat

Trinidadian writer Merle Hodge began her career by publishing what would become a beloved Caribbean classic, Crick Crack, Monkey, in 1970. Five decades later, as she prepares to publish her third novel, Hodge tells Andre Bagoo what took so long — and what drives her interest in capturing the often confusing experience of Caribbean childhood on the page.

Read the interview in full at Caribbean Beat.

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“What Is Old Can Sometimes Feel New”: Andre Bagoo chats to the LA Review of Books

Stephen Narain interviews Andre Bagoo in the LA Review of Books. Andre speaks of his latest collection of stories, The Dreaming:

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Amanda Smyth's Fortune longlisted for Walter Scott Prize

Amanda Smyth's Fortune has been selected as one of the 13 books to make the Walter Scott Prize longlist. The judges have described the book as, 'A thrilling Shakespearean tragedy of a story, about love, lust, ambition, destiny, and human frailty'.

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The Power of Queer Caribbean Love: A Reading & Discussion with Shivanee Ramlochan

The Power of Queer Caribbean Love: A Reading and Discussion Event with Indo-Trinidadian poet Shivanee Ramlochan
Wednesday 16 February 2022
6-7pm GMT
Book online

To borrow Shivanee's words:

My first public reading of 2022 is queer as *heaven*.

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