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Olivier Stephenson on Derek Walcott for Wired Ja

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Olivier Stephenson writes about Derek Walcott over at Wired Ja.

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Growing Up Under Walcott

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Words: Vladimir Lucien
                                                           

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Alecia McKenzie wins Carbet Prize for Sweetheart

After three hours of deliberation, the Antillo-Guyanese high school students awarded the 17th Carbet High School Prize to Alecia McKenzie for her novel Sweetheart (or Trésor in French). Alecia was neck-to-shoulder with Daniel Picouly, but finally won the vote. Author of five books and born in Jamaica, the writer is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She is also a journalist.

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The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross wins the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

We are delighted to report that  Jacob Ross has won the inaugural The Jhalak Prize for his crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers!

There have been some wonderful comments from the judges. Speaking of The Bone Readers, judge Catherine Johnson said, 'Jacob Ross is, I believe, one of the most incisive and illuminating writers working in English today. The Bone Readers is a beautifully realised and exquisite crime novel.'

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Longlist announced for 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Three Peepal Tree writers have made it to the seventh OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist. Ann-Margaret Lim has been longlisted for Poetry, and both Marcia Douglas and Kevin Jared Hosein have been longlisted for Fiction. A winner will be selected for each category (the shortlist), with an overall winner selected in April at the festival.

Writing of the books, the prize said:

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More Peepal Tree writers appear on Radio 4!

It's such a surprise to see Caribbean writing getting its dues on BBC Radio 4 right now. With Caribbean writers picking up major awards in the UK and America, and Commonwealth Writers working with Peepal Tree and Akashic Books to support homegrown talent, we seem to be at a turning point. For too long, Caribbean literature was forgotten by bigger publishers, and the readers who wanted Caribbean books were underserved.

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Essay: No Outcry for the Tragedy at Coyaba

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Words: Olivier Stephenson

 

To live with the conscious knowledge of the shadow of uncertainty, with the knowledge that disaster or tragedy could strike at any time; to be afraid and to know and acknowledge your fear, and still to live creatively and with unstinting love: that is to live with grace.”

-- Peter Abrahams, The View From Coyaba, 1985

 

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Jacob Ross at York Literature Festival

Fri, March 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Waterstone’s York, Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

Jacob Ross will read from The Bone Readers, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Introduction by Peepal Tree Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting.

'The Bone Readers is a page-turner, but its insights and language are equally testament to a literary novel of impressive depth and acuity.' The Guardian

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Narrative Drive: Inscribe Fiction Weekender

Interested in an inspiring, intensive, creative writing long weekend? Working on your fiction? Developing your critical and editing skills? Do you want support to boost the crafting of your writing?

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Shara McCallum UK Tour

Renaissance One and Peepal Tree Press are organising a UK tour for Jamaican poet Shara McCallum. More details and dates will be added as they come.

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