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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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Vahni Capildeo at Paper Based Bookshop for NGC Bocas Lit Fest

Literary activity is abuzz this April, as Paper Based Bookshop gears up for the sixth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest! It's an exciting time for writers, readers and all those who love books.
On Saturday 23 April, at 4.30 pm, the eve of Bocas, the bookshop's third official Evening of Tea and Readings for 2016 will be held.

The reading also marks Paper Based's 29th birthday!

Four writers will read at the Paper Based podium:

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Maya Chowdhry talks about Tales from the Towpath, Poetic Places

Inscribe’s Maya Chowdhry recently appeared at the launch of the Poetic Places app to give a talk on her Tales from the Towpath project.

The app, which is being championed by the British Library and TIME/IMAGE, aspires to give a renewed sense of place, to bring together written works, images and sounds to mean more than they do alone, and to bring literature into people’s everyday life in unexpected moments, allowing users to enjoy poetry and literature written about particular locations.

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Delinquency, Sovereignty and the St. Lucian Imagination

by Vladimir Lucien

I was recently invited to give the annual Independence Lecture in St. Lucia. I was honoured to deliver the talk, entitled "Playin' de Arts": Delinquency, Sovereignty and the St. Lucian Imagination. I am the youngest to have given the lecture, and -- I am told -- it was the first time that the lecture focussed on the arts.

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Malika Booker to chair judges of Forward Prize!

We're pleased to announce that this year’s judging panel for the Forward Prize is chaired by our very own Malika Booker. She is joined on the exciting and diverse panel by poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry, with singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn and Don Share, editor of Poetry Magazine.

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Sheffield Poem-a-thon for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with Seni Seneviratne

Peepal Tree poet and Inscribe graduate Seni Seneviratne is fundraising for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Seni joins 49 other poets to take part in the Sheffield Poem-a-thon to raise money for ASSIST who support refused asylum seekers in the city. These asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing. 

ASSIST says that:

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