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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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Dedicated to St Clair Morris 1938 - 2017

Khadijah Ibrahiim

When we think about the Windrush generation, it’s often of those who came as factory workers, nurses, bus drivers and so on. We often forget about those who arrived in England as artists and contributors to the traditional musical genres of the Caribbean people. So, let’s take a moment to imagine a dream.

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My St Lucia: Writer John Robert Lee

John Robert Lee is a Saint Lucian writer who has published several collections of poetry along with short stories and reviews, and is currently co-editing a book on St Lucian culture.

Yello spoke to John about his life, how being from St Lucia influences his work and what advice he has for budding Caribbean writers.

Read the interview in full.

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#metoo: Shivanee Ramlochan on the inspirations behind her collection

In the wake of public discussions around sexual abuse and the value of speaking out about these experiences (#metoo), Shivanee Ramlochan writes about the inspirations behind her collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting in the T&T Guardian.

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A letter from Loretta Collins Klobah

Last month we wrote an open letter of support to everyone affected by Irma and Maria. We were very pleased to receive this handwritten letter from Loretta Collins Klobah sent by courier from Puerto Rico.

We are still without electricity and water… It looks as if the entire island has been bombed. Every street has extraordinary damage and debris.

A few of the impressive sights so far:

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Confluence and Convergence: An interview (of sorts) with John Robert Lee

In The Town Crier magazine, John Robert Lee talks about ekphrastic poetry and the multiple ways of perceiving and knowing in art-making.

"[...] discovery of convergences is essential to all art-making including of course, writing poetry. And what makes poetry accessible to readers from one’s own culture and those who are strangers to it, is that the writer seeks to find points of conflux, human commonalities (even across time), with which the reader can identify, even though the specific details may be unfamiliar."

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