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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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#WATCH: Adisa 'AJA' Andwele - 'Live&LetLive

Barbadian riddim poet and cultural activist, Adisa 'AJA' Andwele has 'literally' brought the late Jackie Opel back to talk to the youth about the upsurge in violent crimes and murders in Barbados and across the Caribbean. AJA has sampled Jackie Opel’s ‘Live and Let Live’ song and fused it with one of his poems in an attempt to achieve this objective.

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Vote for Leone Ross at Saboteur Awards

Author Leone Ross has been shortlisted in the Short Story Collection category for the 2018 Saboteur Awards, for Come Let Us Sing Anyway. Congratulations, Leone!

Members of the public can vote for their favourite titles until 9 May. The winner in each category will win a very special bottle of Sacred Gin, a logo they can use on their book, and a boatload of kudos.

The awards will be announced on Saturday 19th May at Theatre Delicatessen (Broadgate) in London.

Vote now and use hashtag #sabawards18 on social media.

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Read: 'Opitennin' by Kamau Brathwaite

Available in Small Axe online:

The morning that i stir within the narrow compost of my grave
miraculously ash space move around my head to open out my eye
the eyelids sticking down some time until they opening

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The Digital Caribbean: As Flies to Whatless Boys

From The Digital Caribbean:

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Archives in As Flies to Whatless Boys

From 'Archives in As Flies to Whatless Boys':

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Writers in Conversation: Helen Klonaris & Nicholas Laughlin

British Council Literature Podcast presenter Georgina Godwin headed to the Small Wonder Short Story Festival last October. While there, she caught up with Helen Klonaris, Bahamian writer, performer, activist and teacher, who is also this year's British Council International Writer in Residence at the festival. She also chatted to Nicholas Laughlin, author and programme director of the Bocas Lit Fest.

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Shara McCallum makes Best of the Net 2017

Shara McCallum's poem 'Sorrow' has been selected for the Best of the Net 2017 anthology, which just went live online.

The Best of the Net project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online, a venue that continues to see less respect from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and Best American series. This anthology serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium in the same medium in which it is published.

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Esther Phillips named Poet Laureate of Barbados

We are beyond thrilled at the news that Esther Phillips has been named Poet Laureate of Barbados by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth yesterday.

Esther said she was honoured to receive the title.

Esther's published collections of poetry are:

When ground doves fly. Ian Randle, 2003
The Stone Gatherer. Peepal Tree Press, 2009.
Leaving Atlantis. Peepal Tree Press, 2015.

She has been editing BIM for many years and is also the main organiser of the BIM Literary Festival.

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"To be static is to be dead": An Interview With Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross is an author, a creative writing tutor, and the associate fiction editor for Peepal Tree Press. His oeuvre includes Pynter Bender (2008), the 2017 inaugural Jhalak Prize-winning book Bone Readers (2016), and Tell No-One About This (2017).

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