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Jacob Ross shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross has made the shortlist for The Jhalak Prize!

There have been some wonderful comments from the judges. Speaking of The Bone Readers, judge Catherine Johnson said, 'Jacob Ross is, I believe, one of the most incisive and illuminating writers working in English today. The Bone Readers is a beautifully realised and exquisite crime novel.'

Naturally, we agree.

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#LISTEN: Ann-Margaret Lim: A Valentine's Cocktail

Ann-Margaret Lim gives us 'A Valentine's Cocktail'.

Singing and guitar: Wayne Armond (of Chalice, Jakoostic fame)

Listen at SoundCloud.

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Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien at the 2017 Jaipur Literature Festival

Caribbean poets Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien recently participated in a conversation called ‘In search of a muse: On writing poetry’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival, held in Jaipur, India, from January 19 to 23, 2017.

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Ann-Margaret Lim's Kingston Buttercup playlist

Over at Book Notes, Ann-Margaret Lim has joined authors such as Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits and Hari Kunzru in serving up a delicious playlist for her latest collection, Kingston Buttercup.

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Christine Craig poem appears in Stabroek News

Christine Craig's poem 'Elsa's Poem' appears in Stabroek News, where Al Creighton examines its meaning and importance.

'in this poem, “Elsa’s Version,” she finds herself in the company of such poets as Senior, Goodison and Mordecai'

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Lauren K Alleyne wins Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing

The Cornell Department of English Program in Creative Writing has selected Lauren K Alleyne to receive the Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing for excellence in publication. The alumni prize comes with a $5,000 stipend, and invitation to read as part of their reading series. The monies that support it come from the Philip Freund ‘29 endowment. Three other alumni writers have been invited to participate in the reading on Thursday 2 November 2017. Other Freund Prize recipients Stephen Gutierrez, Tacey M. Atsitty and Jeninne Capo Crucet.

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Interview: Leone Ross: 'Magic realism is just freakin’ fun'

Leone Ross gives an insightful new interview with Musa Okwonga, talking about writing, the sexualisation of women and the magic in the everyday:

I’m writing magic realism for a simple reason. It’s this: it’s fun. I was the kid who loved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, who always loved weird crap, and so it took time for me to give myself permission to write weird crap. It took [reading] Toni Morrison and Gabriel Garcia Marquez at university for me to think, ‘oh my God, the adult version of weird crap, that’s so cool!’.

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Maya Chowdhry looking for tech mentor for augmented reality project

Transmedia writer, poet and inTer-aCtive artist Maya Chowdhry is looking for a technology mentor to assist her with a research and development project investigating the use of augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience.

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The New Yorker profiles Ishion Hutchinson

The New Yorker's profile of Ishion Hutchinson is a wonderful read and a great look at his latest collection. In the review, his knack for language is compared to Blake's:

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Maya Chowdhry previews Peas on Earth

Maya Chowdhry is currently working on a research and development project called Peas on Earth. Using augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience, Maya is building on and developing work created via Word of Warning's Divergency. She is investigating with technologists, live artists and potential audiences to create a show that capitalises on the best aspects of performance and technology.

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