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Fresh Milk writer-in-residence for November 2016: Dorothea Smartt

Dorothea Smartt’s work typically bridges the islands of Britain and Barbados, effortlessly shuttling between local and global scenes, as it weaves a diasporic web. She has two full collections, Connecting Medium (2001) and Ship Shape (2008). In the latter, ‘a powerful work of reclamation, restitution and reanimation’ (Wasafiri) she offers a name and imagined life to the African buried in Samboo’s Grave, Lancaster.

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Tiphanie Yanique in conversation with the Forward Foundation

Ahead of the awards ceremony for the Forward Prizes, Tiphanie Yanique spoke to the Forward Foundation about her work. She spoke about her first full-length collection for adults and the impetus behind creating new books:

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#WATCH: Minoli Salgado reading at Poetry Parnassus

View Minoli Salgado, author of A Little Dust on the Eyes and winner of the inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize, as she reads at Poetry Parnassus. Held at the Southbank, Poetry Parnassas was part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, where Minoli performed on behalf of Sri Lanka.

 

 

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#WATCH: 'A Legend' by Vahni Capildeo - Poem after Nicholas Laughlin

Vahni Capildeo, author of Utter, has produced a film of 'A Legend' after Nicholas Laughlin. Give the film a watch, listen to Vahni reading the poem and let us know on social media what you thought. There's always something special, we think, about a poet reading their work, which often brings to life the words in a way that print alone can't. See if you feel the same way.

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A poem for Emancipation Day

In celebration of Emancipation Day and in remembrance of our shared history across the diasporas, we're sharing the poem 'On Reading Thistlewood's Diary' by Ann-Margaret Lim. You can check out the poem online or by grabbing a copy of Ann-Margaret's forthcoming collection Kingston Buttercup

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News from Maya Chowdhry

Inscribe-supported writer Maya Chowdhry is off to the Arran Poetry Adventure and will use the time to finalise the manuscript for her forthcoming chapbook, Fossil.

She has recently contributed 'Tea with Roget' for an augmented reality app, Beacons for Science, as part of European City of Science, Manchester. Visitors can download the free app during the festival, or have afternoon tea in the Portico Library on 28 July.

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#WATCH: John Lyons reads from Dancing in the Rain

Check out John Lyons reading from his CLPE (CLiPPA) Award-shortlisted collecting for children, Dancing in the Rain.

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#WATCH: John Lyons' thoughts on poetry

Following his nomination for the CLPE Award (CLiPPA), John Lyons spoke with CLPE about his inspirations as a poet, which poems he remembers from his childhood, and why poetry is important, among other things. You can watch the videos below.

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#WATCH: Choreopoems by Malika Booker and Karen McCarthy Woolf

Renowned poets Malika Booker, Kayo Chingonyi and Karen McCarthy Woolf have collaborated with dancers/choreographers Sean Graham, Ella Mesma and Leon Rose, to produce three dance poetry films. The films were created for Dancing with Words.

Malika's poem 'Sweet Liquor' is taken from her Booker prize winning collection Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press) and explores the world of the soca fete.

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Tiphanie Yanique's Wife shortlisted for 2016 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection

The Forward Prizes jury, chaired by Malika Booker, has shortlisted Wife by Tiphanie Yanique for the 2016 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection. The esteemed judging panel includes poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry; singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn; and Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine.

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