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Shivanee Ramlochan makes Felix Dennis Prize shortlist

The shortlist has been announced for the Forward's Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (with a cash prize of £5,000)! Shivanee Ramlochan has made the list.

Kaveh Akbar – Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Penguin)
Phoebe Power – Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet)
Abigail Parry – Jinx (Bloodaxe)
Shivanee Ramlochan – Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting (Peepal Tree)
Richard Scott – Soho (Faber)

We're thrilled that, once again, Caribbean poetry is being recognised by the Forward Prizes, and we're glad Shivanee's debut collection has made the cut.

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Jacqueline Crooks' playlist for The Ice Migration

Jacqueline Crooks has compiled a playlist for her latest collection, The Ice Migration.

Check out the playlist now.

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#WATCH: Jacqueline Crooks on London Live

Jacqueline Crooks talks about Windrush and The Ice Migration on local channel London Live! Check out the interview in full online.

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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PBS Summer Recommendations: Ricantations by Loretta Collins Klobah

The Poetry Book Society has featured Ricantations as one of its Summer Recommendations 2018.

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The Motley Muse

The Motley Muse
The Various Art of Poetry, or, ‘Not the Royal Wedding’

In The White Goddess, Robert Graves describes how the status of Irish ollaves was such that they were the only members of the court apart from the King entitled to wear six different colours in their apparel, and memorably compared roving bands of itinerant bards, dazzling in their motley, to the many-coloured mixed flocks of titmice — great, blue, coal, marsh, willow, long-tailed — that roam the countryside in autumn and winter, each singing their distinctive songs.

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Reviews through to May 2018

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Statements Made: Caribbean Collected Works

In Poetry International, John Robert Lee and Vladimir Lucien have teamed up to discuss the subject of Caribbean Collected Works, in which they mention a number of Peepal Tree titles.

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Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic

Anthony Joseph: The Frequency of Magic
Saturday 9 June 2018, 5pm
St Pancras Room, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

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Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story

Sorrel & Black Cake: A Windrush Story
Saturday 23 June 2018, 7-10pm
Room 700, Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB

A radiogram stands proud in the corner of Miss Letty’s immaculate front room. Gathered around are her family and friends, full of questions about her life and determined to give her the send-off she deserves. As they delve into her photo album and record collection, they are transported back to her arrival in Britain from the Caribbean in 1948, and the beginning of an incredible story.

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Haiku at 70 by John Robert Lee

To mark his birthday (70 years young!), John Robert Lee has published the poem 'Haiku at 70' at Arts Etc:

i.
on arthritic spurs
the aging cock’rel prances
to the chortling chicks.

The poem continues in six more stanzas, which you can read in full online.

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