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The Kitch Tour

Anthony Joseph embarks on series of UK and US events exploring the legacy of The Empire Windrush. Marking the first major wave of migrants from the Caribbean to UK in the 20th century, their arrival changed and enriched our society and culture. Joseph will use his new novel, Kitch, as a starting point to interrogate this history and look at where we are now. Join him to examine the politics and activism, culture and music of the Caribbean on Britain.

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Shara McCallum reads Spanish translations of her poems

Last month Shara McCallum was on an internet radio programme called La Maja Desnuda. The show has been on the air for three decades and features recordings of poets reading their poems in Spanish and English. The programme is out of Venezuela, Spain, and Germany. 

Five poems from Madwoman were translated into Spanish for the show and the author recorded them in both languages.

Listen online.

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Kwame Dawes, Jeremy Poynting elected Honorary RSL Fellows

Kwame Dawes and Jeremy Poynting have been elected Honorary RSL Fellows by the Royal Society of Literature, joining Jacob Ross, who has been a Fellow for some time.

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Jacqueline Crooks at Migrant Voice

Jacqueline Crooks has written about the Windrush generation and moving to the UK from Jamaica in the 1960s. She speaks candidly about the betrayal felt by many of the Windrush generation, but also says:

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Conversation with Vahni Capildeo & MA Student Readings

Conversation with Vahni Capildeo & MA Student Readings
Thu 21 June 2018, 7-10pm
The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH

An evening with Vahni Capildeo and students from Lancaster’s MA Creative Writing Programmes. Hear the poems of award winning poet, Vahni Capildeo, then listen to brand new work from our creative writing students. This is part of a two evening celebratory event, hosted by the English Literature and Creative Writing Department.

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Kei Miller, Sai Murray at The Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom

The Leeds Library Salon: On Freedom
Fri 29 June
Doors 6.30pm, 7-8.30pm

Presented by Leeds Library.

Curated and co-produced by Renaissance One

Doors 6.30pm, Event 7pm – 8.30pm

With Kei Miller, Naomi Sumner Chan, Sai Murray, The David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) and Melanie Abrahams.

The first in a new quarterly event of talks, live art and performances, mini-lectures, and conviviality.

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Leone Ross, Jeremy Poynting discuss Come Let Us Sing Anyway

Linda Mannheim talks to Leone Ross about her short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway. In addition, Peepal Tree Press' Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting talks about how he founded the Leeds-based independent press that became the largest publisher of Caribbean writing in the world and explains why they decided to publish Leone Ross’s first short story collection.

Joseph Bloncourt, an EMT living in New York, also talks about why he started reading Come Let Us Sing Anyway during his commute.

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Two new reviews in Wasafiri

Both Madwoman and Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting have been reviewed in Wasafiri. Check the reviews out.

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Come Let Us Sing Anyway is the Kindle Daily Deal on Friday 8 June 2018

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Don’t Stop the Carnival: Searching for sounds, finding souls

by Kevin Le Gendre

About eight or nine years ago Kadija George asked me to chair a discussion on Black British music as part of a series of events, Black British Perspectives in the Arts. Participants included Kwame Kwaten and Sheila Chandra, two talented musicians and producers, and the session was inspiring. We talked mostly about artists who were active between the ‘60s and ‘90s. All of which whetted my appetite to go further back in time in order to retrace the fearless footsteps of their numerous predecessors.

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