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Leone Ross excerpt published in Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan has published an excerpt of Leone Ross' short story 'Drag' from Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

Read the story online at Cosmopolitan.

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Author influences: Leone Ross

Known for melding magic realism with erotic fiction, Leone Ross’ novels and short stories are original in approach, style and voice, defying literary niches and expectations of genre. Her work incorporates elements of speculative fiction, erotica and Caribbean fiction. Read an interview with the author.

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Alecia McKenzie wins international award

Jamaican author and journalist Alecia McKenzie has just won a second prize for her first novel, after Commonwealth accolades for her short stories.
Sweetheart (Trésor in French) has been awarded the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens. It’s a literary competition, judged by French-Caribbean high school students, to highlight the best writing by authors from the entire Caribbean region.

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Helen Klonaris' If I Had the Wings picked as one of '5 New Lesbian Books to Watch Out For'

As part of Pride Month, Ballyroan Reads selected five new lesbian books that caught their eye--including Helen Klonaris debut collection.

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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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Jamaican authors on BBC Radio 4's Writing a New Caribbean

In the second episode of Writing a New Caribbean, Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Jamaican writers including Peepal Tree cohort Tanya Shirley, winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Poetry Kei Miller, and Millicent Graham; plus Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Booker Prize. The writers talk about their work, and what it reveals to both Jamaicans and outsiders about their country.

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Trinidadian authors on BBC Radio 4's Writing a New Caribbean

The new radio show Writing a New Caribbean creates a picture of the Caribbean, as seen by a new generation of writers and poets. In programme 1, 'Under the Surface', Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Trinidadian writers Sharon Millar, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and Andre Bagoo about the sense of place in their work.

Listen to the show online.

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Ishion Hutchinson: 'Writing poetry is like mining, it's exhausting, demanding'

Ishion Hutchinson talks about poetry, readind and travelling over at Catch News: 'I loved stories, I loved reading narratives. So I read novels, and so on. But poetry was what stayed. You see the thing is, because of the intensity of a poem, it shakes you awake in a way that a story, because it goes on and you are interested in what happens next, does not. And so when the force of a poem came up on me, I felt that's how I would want to use language as well.'

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Nicholas Laughlin on the contradictions of running a literature festival

'I’m not sure I like literature festivals,' writes Nicholas Laughlin (organiser of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and Peepal Tree author) in a provocation for the International Literature Showcase.

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Andre Bagoo wins The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize

Andre Bagoo has been awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer for 'On Wordsworth's The Daffodils', a poem from Pitch Lake (Peepal Tree Press, April 2017) which appears in the

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