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#WATCH: Vladimir Lucien reads his poetry

In March 2017, St. Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien was recorded reading his debut and award-winning collection of poetry, Sounding Ground. These recordings add to emerging collections at Memorial University of Newfoundland which focus on understanding the performative aspects of Caribbean and Caribbean-Canadian writing and which grow teaching resources for the field of Caribbean scholarship.

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Kamau Brathwaite honored with PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry

Kamau Brathwaite has been awarded the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. The prize is awarded to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature.

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LitHub's 10 women Caribbean authors

A number of Peepal Tree authors make the list of LitHub's '10 Female Caribbean Authors You Should Know'. Check the list out.

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Anthony Kellman wins the prestigious Casa de las Américas Literary Award

2018 is already proving to be another winning year for Leeds-based independent publisher Peepal Tree Press. The judges of the highly coveted Casa de las Américas in Havana. Cuba have awarded the 2018 Casa de la Américas Literary Award in the Category of Anglophone Caribbean Literature to Anthony Kellman for his novel Tracing JaJa. Honorable mentions were given to Sharon Milagro Marshall for Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba and Philip Nanton for Canouan Suite & Other Pieces.

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Leone Ross longlisted for the Jhalak Prize

In an exciting development, Leone Ross was today longlisted for the Jhalak Prize for Writers of Colour. You may remember that last year's winner (for the inaugural prize) was our very own Jacob Ross!

Speaking of the news, Leone says, 'I'm delighted to be among so many amazing writers of colour, delighted to be representing short stories, and hardworking UK indie press. Everyone should go out and buy this longlist. That would be revolutionary.'

The full 2018 longlist follows:

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Loretta Collins, Vahni Capildeo, John Kinsella make Poetry Book Society list

The Summer 2018 Selection for the Poetry Book Society include:

Poetry Book Society Choice
Vahni Capildeo, Venus as a Bear (Carcanet)

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Keith Jardim teaches writing course in T&T

Creative Writing Workshop: Prose Fiction (Adv.)

in Association with Friends of Mr. Biswas
February to May 2018

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Publishers Weekly raves about The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

Publishers Weekly visited Bocas and discovered Marcia Douglas' magical novel The Marvellous Equations of the Dread.

New Directions has recently bought the rights and published a North American edition to complement the UK and Caribbean edition published by Peepal Tree Press.

Read the article in full at Publishers Weekly.

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Raman Mundair: Perspectives from an Immigrant

Raman Mundair has written an incisive essay about life in Shetland when you're Black. Torn between the beauty of the landscape and the 'little Britain' attitudes of some of the locals, she writes:

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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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