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Learning in Leeds: Small Press Publishing, from Peepal Tree to Peekash Press

by Shivanee Ramlochan

It is cold in Leeds. The work continues.

I’m here for three weeks as a publishing intern at Peepal Tree Press. My first book, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, was released with Peepal Tree in October, but my awareness of this stalwart indie press, which is as old as I am, stretches back more than a decade. I work with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean’s largest literary festival, and the relationship between Bocas and Peepal Tree is supportive, sustaining. It needs to be.

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Peepal Tree Press wins the Clarissa Luard Award 2017

Selected from a strong and inspiring shortlist, the judges were particularly impressed by Peepal Tree Press’ tenacity in a challenging market, and by its innovative proposal for the £10,000 prize money.

“This award highlights the importance of independent publishing in our society and shines a light on its brilliance and dynamism across the country. The winners Peepal Tree Press are courageous and original in their publishing, bold in their future ambitions and truly deserve this award.”

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The Repenters longlisted for 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award

We're thrilled to announce that The Repenters by Kevin Jared Hosein been nominated for the 2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly IMPAC Dublin). This annual award is presented to a novel which, in the opinion of the judges, makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by libraries in major cities world-wide. The award has been in existence since 1996.

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Sharmaine Lovegrove calls us 'brilliant and dynamic'

In an interview at The Bookseller, in which she talks about the Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers, Sharmaine Lovegrove gives a shoutout to Peepal Tree and our friends at Jacaranda, calling us 'brilliant and dynamic'. (Read the article in full.)

Last week we were named as among those lucky and hard-working publishers to make the shortlist for the £10,000 award.

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Peepal Tree shortlisted for the Clarissa Luard Award!

We are thrilled to report that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers. We are in some excellent company, as the shortlist  includes other ace indies, Lantana Publishing, Little Toller Books and Penned In the Margins.

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For our friends in the paths of Irma and Maria

Of course, we feel deep sympathies for all the Caribbean peoples who have suffered loss of life and property in these last couple of weeks, but we think particularly of the writers we know and publish who have been part of this catastrophe of nature. We think of the fine young poet Richard Georges in Tortola, unable to get to the Forward Prize award ceremony where he is shortlisted, because the Tortola airport is out of action. We think of the playwright Alwin Bully in Dominica who has reportedly lost his roof.

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Cyril Dabydeen writes about Canada in Confluence, August 2017

The August 2017 edition of Confluence features an article commemorating Canada from Cyril Dabydeen.

Check it out!

Image: Pixabay

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Olive Senior and Clem Seecharan awarded honorary DLitts by UWI

In an exciting announcement from UWI St Augustine, both Olive Senior and Professor Emeritus Clem Seecharan have been awarded honorary DLitts (Doctor of Letters). They join Edwidge Danticat in receiving the honours this year.

Image from Pixabay.

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Borrow our ebooks free from Brent Library

Live in Brent? You will be thrilled to know that following an exciting partnership between Brent Libraries and Digitalback Books earlier this June, an even wider range of deliciously diverse stories from Africa and beyond is now available to read for free.

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New York Times Magazine features Nick Makoha's poem!

Poet Terrance Hayes has selected Nick Makoha's poem, 'From the King' for his regular column at the New York Times Magazine. The poem comes from Nick's first full poetry collection, Kingdom of Gravity, which was launched this month in London at Africa Writes, and in Uganda earlier this week. Kingdom of Gravity is also shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Award for best first collection.

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