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Dead and Wake: Khadijah Ibrahiim plus guest musicians

Experience a Jamaican ‘Nine Night’ with poet and live artist Khadijah Ibrahiim. Interactive candlelit performance exploring Carribean rituals around death through poetry, music, ghost stories and song.

Features specially created poems and traditional Nine Night songs.

A WITC micro-commission.

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Hope House Gallery
Price: FREE

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Folk on the Tyne Backbone of our Land

Great Exhibition of the North: Folk on the Tyne
Backbone of our Land
Saturday 28th July, 2018. 6pm - 7pm

Backbone of our Land. What does it mean to be Northern? Why do we live here and why do we stay here? A host of leading Northern poets and folk musicians have been asking these questions.

“How did we get here, eh? We’re surprised to find ourselves on the brink of a seismic shift in our national identity but how did we get to this? When did we stop talking to each other? Let’s start talking now.

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Read 'Roof of Night' by Ishion Hutchinson

First, above all, I live forever. And
thereafter redecorate paradise
in the majesty of the Roof Nightclub,
DJ Lucifer, at predawn hours
terrifies the floorboards to give way to
Apollyon’s abyss, reflecting scarred light
on the wall. The mirror alive with tremors.

Of the poem, Ishion writes:

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Woman power I-rising from the page: In conversation with Marcia Douglas

Loretta Collins Klobah and her students interviewed Marcia Douglas for an in-depth and intriguing discussion around her work and inspirations.

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The Mixtape Tour

Rising stars of poetry Nick Makoha and Roger Robinson present a unique new show of poetry . . . The Mixtape Tour.

With enduring friendship at its centre, hear poems which leap back and forth in time, giving voice to the universal struggle to carve out personal and political identities.

Poems about music, poems about love, poems of protest and of exile, monologues and duet poems . . . all tied together through an unforgettable soundtrack of songs, from Afrobeats to hip-hop, from reggae to soul.

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Jennifer Rahim wins the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

We were thrilled when the 2018 OCM Bocas Prizes for Fiction and Poetry were announced earlier this year - since two of our writers were selected! Shara McCallum and Jennifer Rahim won the awards for Madwoman (Poetry) and Curfew Chronicles (Fiction), respectively.

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Garth St. Omer 1931-2018

An obituary by John Robert Lee, on behalf of the Folk Research Centre

St. Lucian-born novelist Garth St. Omer passed away on Tuesday 24th April in Santa Barbara, California. He had lived and worked there for many years.

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Unfinished Sentences: a new film about Wayne Brown

What’s it like to have a father whose literary reputation spans the region? And what’s it like to lose him?

Unfinished Sentences, the new documentary feature film by Mariel Brown, is about her relationship with her father, Wayne Brown. The celebrated Trinidadian poet, journalist and writing teacher died in 2009, only a year after Brown reconciled with him after a bitter split.

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Nick Makoha at Northern Poetry Symposium

This year's Northern Poetry Symposium features Nick Makoha.

The Symposium takes place on 3 May at the Sage Gateshead, and there's an action packed day of discussions planned on the theme of poetry in translation and exiled voices. Forward shortlisted poets Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf join Dutch poet Elma Van Haren, Ukrainian poet Ilya Kaminsky and the PBS Summer Translation Choice, Austrian poet Evelyn Schlag, and many more.

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Brenda Flanagan story appears in The Caribbean Writer

When I was about 10, and old enough to know fear, I heard my mother say to a neighbor that the good always die young.

My brother Gary—I had three but I loved him the most—was the best man I knew, so I tried to prepare myself for his early death.

Read the rest of 'A Dance with My Brother' in The Caribbean Writer!

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