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Peepal Tree Salon at Waterstones Piccadilly

15 June 2016, 7pm Free but please book!

Waterstones Piccadilly will be hosting an evening of memoir, poetry and fiction from Peepal Tree Press with authors Yvonne Weekes, Desiree Reynolds, and Maya Chowdhry. All published by the celebrated Leeds-based Caribbean and Black British publishers, these three talented women writers will read and discuss their work with Peepal Tree’s Managing Editor and Henry Swanzy award-winner Jeremy Poynting.   

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Peepal Tree authors at Calabash!

If you're in Jamaica next weekend, don't forget to check out the Calabash International Literary Festival. A number of Peepal Tree authors will be present, including Diana McCaulay, Vladimir Lucien, Velma Pollard and Kwame Dawes.

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Kendel Hippolyte and Vladimir Lucien at Saint Lucia Studies Conference

We're thrilled to announce that Peepal Tree poets Kendel Hippolyte and Vladimir Lucien will be presenting at the 6th Saint Lucia Studies Conference. Presented by The Hon. Harold Simmons Folk Academy of the Folk Research Centre, the event runs Wednesday 22 June to Friday 24 June at the Folk Research Centre. This year's theme is “Discovering St. Lucian life and culture through ongoing research”.

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Degna Stone on what the editors of The Rialto are looking for

Ever wondered what the editors of The Rialto are looking for? Well Inscribe-supported writer Degna Stone spills the beans:

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An Evening of Tea & Readings in Trinidad

2016 has seen the launches of some outstanding Trinidadian works of poetry, nonfiction and fiction. With that in mind, Paper Based Bookshop is proud to reprise readings from four of this year's writers who launched books at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. These launch readings form the foundation of the fourth official Evening of Tea and Readings, to be held on Saturday 28 May at 4:30 pm.

Reading on the day will be:

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Too busy to write?

by Degna Stone

I have typed and deleted and retyped this blog post five times. I keep wondering if I have anything to say that is worth five minutes of your time. We’re all full of busy and five minutes can seem like too long when there are a dozen other things you could be doing with your precious time.

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Louisa Adjoa Parker awarded ACE grant

West Country writer Louisa Adjoa Parker has recently been awarded an Arts Council England grant for a year's artistic development. Louisa will be working with several mentors - Clio Gray, Jan Fortune and Jacob Ross - to develop her current body of work. She will be working with Clio on her first novel; Jan will be mentoring her with her second full-length poetry collection; and Jacob will be mentoring Louisa with a first short story collection and second novel.

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John Lyons shortlisted for the CLPE children's poetry prize!

We are delighted to report that John Lyons's Dancing in the Rain has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)! The CLIPPA is the only award for published poetry for children. This award highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition. Established by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), the award is presented annually for an outstanding book of poetry published in the preceding year. 

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Closure Event at Bradford Literature Festival

One day into this year's festival, the Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories event  explores the genesis of the anthology, the stories it holds and the tales it tells.

Closure editor Jacob Ross is joined by anthology authors Tariq Mehmood, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Leone Ross in conversation with Emily Zobel Marshall on May 21st at the Bradford Literature Festival 2016.

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An Interview with Anthony Kellman

We caught up with Anthony Kellman to discuss research, King Ja Ja and the fine balance of historical fiction.

What first drew you to the story of Jubo Jubogha, King Jaja of Opobo?

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