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Shara McCallum: 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017

Shara McCallum has penned the essay 'Metaphors of the Spirit' in Poetry London, August 2017, in which she analyses Mervyn Morris' Peelin Orange: Collected Poems (Carcanet) and Lorna Goodison's Collected Poems (Carcanet).

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Interview with Shivanee Ramlochan by Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey interviews Shivanee Ramlochan for Wasafiri.

I’ve been in love with nasty women long before that term acquired currency as a trending battle cry. This is the reason Kali is the god of my household of one – no sanitised version, but Kali in her black-skinned, murderous, protectorate ire and grace. It’s my honour to write about women who bleed, fuck, dance, cuss, transact and thief without apology, be they gentle or garrotte-hearted.

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David Dabydeen: a series like ‘Roots’ would help the British public understand indentureship

Begun in 1834 and abolished in 1917, the system of indenture created Indian diasporic communities in three continents. Professor David Dabydeen, a pioneer of Indian-Caribbean studies as a discipline in the UK and a leading poet of the Indian-Caribbean experience, is co-convenor of the forthcoming Indenture Abolition Centenary conference. In his latest interview with Talking Humanities, he explains why it is important to mark the abolition of a system used to bring millions of Indians to labour on British colonial plantations in the Caribbean and beyond.

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Bringing Voices Together: the importance of independent Black publishing

'Why do we need Black publishers if one of our societal objectives is to nurture a diverse society in Britain? Because diversity is paralleled with having options; we need gay publishers, women publishers as well as Black publishers,' writes Kadija George for the British Library.

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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.

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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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