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Leone Ross longlisted for Edge Hill Prize

Hot on the heels of her Saboteur Awards nomination, Leone Ross has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Putting her in the running for a whopping £10,000, this is a highly regarded prize that celebrates the art of short stories. The Edge Hill Prize is now the only UK award for a single-authored collection of short stories. The shortlist will be announced sometime in June. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Rd, London where it is hoped the shortlisted writers will read from their work.

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Read 'Roof of Night' by Ishion Hutchinson

First, above all, I live forever. And
thereafter redecorate paradise
in the majesty of the Roof Nightclub,
DJ Lucifer, at predawn hours
terrifies the floorboards to give way to
Apollyon’s abyss, reflecting scarred light
on the wall. The mirror alive with tremors.

Of the poem, Ishion writes:

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Woman power I-rising from the page: In conversation with Marcia Douglas

Loretta Collins Klobah and her students interviewed Marcia Douglas for an in-depth and intriguing discussion around her work and inspirations.

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Jennifer Rahim wins the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

We were thrilled when the 2018 OCM Bocas Prizes for Fiction and Poetry were announced earlier this year - since two of our writers were selected! Shara McCallum and Jennifer Rahim won the awards for Madwoman (Poetry) and Curfew Chronicles (Fiction), respectively.

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Unfinished Sentences: a new film about Wayne Brown

What’s it like to have a father whose literary reputation spans the region? And what’s it like to lose him?

Unfinished Sentences, the new documentary feature film by Mariel Brown, is about her relationship with her father, Wayne Brown. The celebrated Trinidadian poet, journalist and writing teacher died in 2009, only a year after Brown reconciled with him after a bitter split.

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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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