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Rommi Smith pens song-cycle with composer Emily Levi

Peepal Tree Press author Rommi Smith has developed a new opera with composer Emily Levy, featuring baritone Roderick Williams OBE and pianist Susie Allan.

The Rain is Coming is a response from a female perspective to Schubert’s classic opera Die schöne Mullerin (itself based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller), which premiered at Stratford on Avon Music Festival on 27 September.

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Dedicated to St Clair Morris 1938 - 2017

Khadijah Ibrahiim

When we think about the Windrush generation, it’s often of those who came as factory workers, nurses, bus drivers and so on. We often forget about those who arrived in England as artists and contributors to the traditional musical genres of the Caribbean people. So, let’s take a moment to imagine a dream.

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My St Lucia: Writer John Robert Lee

John Robert Lee is a Saint Lucian writer who has published several collections of poetry along with short stories and reviews, and is currently co-editing a book on St Lucian culture.

Yello spoke to John about his life, how being from St Lucia influences his work and what advice he has for budding Caribbean writers.

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#metoo: Shivanee Ramlochan on the inspirations behind her collection

In the wake of public discussions around sexual abuse and the value of speaking out about these experiences (#metoo), Shivanee Ramlochan writes about the inspirations behind her collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting in the T&T Guardian.

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A letter from Loretta Collins Klobah

Last month we wrote an open letter of support to everyone affected by Irma and Maria. We were very pleased to receive this handwritten letter from Loretta Collins Klobah sent by courier from Puerto Rico.

We are still without electricity and water… It looks as if the entire island has been bombed. Every street has extraordinary damage and debris.

A few of the impressive sights so far:

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Confluence and Convergence: An interview (of sorts) with John Robert Lee

In The Town Crier magazine, John Robert Lee talks about ekphrastic poetry and the multiple ways of perceiving and knowing in art-making.

"[...] discovery of convergences is essential to all art-making including of course, writing poetry. And what makes poetry accessible to readers from one’s own culture and those who are strangers to it, is that the writer seeks to find points of conflux, human commonalities (even across time), with which the reader can identify, even though the specific details may be unfamiliar."

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Shara McCallum: 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017

Shara McCallum has penned the essay 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017, in which she analyses Mervyn Morris' Peelin Orange: Collected Poems (Carcanet) and Lorna Goodison's Collected Poems (Carcanet).

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Interview with Shivanee Ramlochan by Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey interviews Shivanee Ramlochan for Wasafiri.

I’ve been in love with nasty women long before that term acquired currency as a trending battle cry. This is the reason Kali is the god of my household of one – no sanitised version, but Kali in her black-skinned, murderous, protectorate ire and grace. It’s my honour to write about women who bleed, fuck, dance, cuss, transact and thief without apology, be they gentle or garrotte-hearted.

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David Dabydeen: a series like ‘Roots’ would help the British public understand indentureship

Begun in 1834 and abolished in 1917, the system of indenture created Indian diasporic communities in three continents. Professor David Dabydeen, a pioneer of Indian-Caribbean studies as a discipline in the UK and a leading poet of the Indian-Caribbean experience, is co-convenor of the forthcoming Indenture Abolition Centenary conference. In his latest interview with Talking Humanities, he explains why it is important to mark the abolition of a system used to bring millions of Indians to labour on British colonial plantations in the Caribbean and beyond.

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Bringing Voices Together: the importance of independent Black publishing

'Why do we need Black publishers if one of our societal objectives is to nurture a diverse society in Britain? Because diversity is paralleled with having options; we need gay publishers, women publishers as well as Black publishers,' writes Kadija George for the British Library.

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