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Vahni Capildeo joins Outspoken's fundraiser for Beirut

Dipped in Song
A fundraiser for Beirut
Date: Sunday 30 August 2020
Time: 5.30pm BST (7.30pm Beirut)
Host: Joelle Taylor
Featuring: Vahni Capildeo, Raymond Antrobus, Salena Godden, Anthony Anaxagorou and more

Book now.

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Peepal Tree authors at the Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival

The Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival is a celebration of culture as expressed through the pen of the storyteller and the voice of the poet. It is a platform designed to support and facilitate vibrant conversations about Caribbean identity via a series of readings of classic and contemporary stories, workshops, events and talks through an annual capstone festival and a developing plan for year-long programming.

Find out more online.

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#WATCH: Marvin Thompson and Romalyn Ante live on Instagram Saturday 22 August

Catch Marvin Thompson and Romalyn Ante live on Instagram this weekend, Saturday 22 August, 5.30pm BST. Check @ladybalisong and @MarvinPoet on Instagram to join in.

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#WATCH: Velma Pollard read 'Son' by Kamau Brathwaite for Emancipation Day 2020

Watch writer and scholar Velma Pollard read Kamau Brathwaite's poem 'Son' on the occasion of August Morning, Emancipation Day 2020.

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Activities at The Grange: Your Story with Monique Roffey

Activities at The Grange: Your Story with Monique Roffey
Mon 7 - Fri 11 Sep 2020

YOUR STORY, how and why you should write it down.

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Read 'The one in which I drive through Crumlin...' by Marvin Thompson at the National Poetry Day website

In its 'Poems to Share' section, National Poetry Day has published Marvin Thompson's marvellous poem, 'The one in which I drive through Crumlin wondering where the cigarette-razed crisp factory used to be' (obviously named in the tradition of a Friends episode). The poem is about a Black father who takes his mixed race children to see the Lego Batman Movie in Blackwood, South Wales.

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“The Natural World as a Core of Poetics”: An Interview with Marvin Thompson

David Dykes interviews Marvin Thompson about his work for Poets for the Planet.

Marvin Thompson is a British poet and Poets for the Planet member, born in Tottenham to Jamaican parents and now living in south Wales. His poetry is both peaceful and strident, straddling traditional European forms and African mythology. In 2019, Thompson’s poem “The Many Reincarnations of Gerald Oswald Archibald Thompson” was submitted for the Forward Prize for Best Poem.

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Raman Mundair pens 'F-words: Writing ourselves into existence'

In this contribution to the F-words series, Raman Mundair explores the power that words can have in giving voice to experiences and identities so often ignored. F-words is a blog series at Engender exploring feminist language, from specific terminology to general reflections. 

Follow Raman on Twitter @MundairRaman, and Instagram (@ramanmundair & @rmundair), and listen to her 'intersectional voices' work at Anchor.fm.

Content note: this article discusses racism, childhood abuse, and victim-blaming.

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Rommi Smith receives Society of Authors grant for next book

Leeds-based poet Rommi Smith has been awarded a highly prestigious grant by the Society of Authors to finish her next book. Rommi is one of 50 writers who received a portion of the £185,000 in funding, including Jesse Bernard, Jack Mapanje, Derek Owusu, Angela Saini and Patrice Lawrence.

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#WATCH: A Conversation with Curdella Forbes

Catch the recording of 'A Conversation with Curdella Forbes' on her novel Ghosts.

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