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Forward Poetry win for Tiphanie Yanique's Wife (Peepal Tree Press)

 

We are thrilled to announce that the Forward Prize judges have chosen Tiphanie Yanique's Wife (Peepal Tree Press) as the winner of the UK's top poetry prize for new poets!

Malika Booker, on behalf of the judges, said: “Tiphanie Yanique’s Wife is above all a generous and witty book, an agile exploration of the many relationships within marriage. She has written a delightful exploration of the tensions and complexity of matrimony, in language that’s deceptively simple.” 

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2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2016 for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women:

Dark Chapter – Winnie Li
Deadly Sacrifice – Stella Akinade-Ahmadou
Marmite and Mango Chutney – Amita Murray
Our Staggering Minds – Harkiran Dhindsa
Recognising Strangers – Jamilah Ahmed
When Skies Are Grey – Fran Clark

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John Lyons shortlisted for the CLPE children's poetry prize!

We are delighted to report that John Lyons's Dancing in the Rain has been shortlisted for the CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award)! The CLIPPA is the only award for published poetry for children. This award highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition. Established by The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), the award is presented annually for an outstanding book of poetry published in the preceding year. 

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Cultural Development Foundation honours John Robert Lee

We're proud to announce that writer John Robert Lee has been honoured by the Cultural Development Foundation.

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T&T Newsday profiles 'The Return of Questel & Huggins'

Head over to the Trinidad & Tobago Newsday for an article on 'The Return of Questel & Huggins'. The article details how Victor Questel's forthcoming Collected Poems will 'return him to his place among the key Caribbean poets of the 1970s and 80s'.

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Watch Rommi Smith perform 'Room of Mirrors' on the BBC

Rommi Smith performs her poem 'Room of Mirrors', which is based on interviews with people about what Africa means to them. Her performance is part of the BBC's Identity Live day.

Watch Rommi Smith perform 'Room of Mirrors' the BBC website.

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Possible training opportunity at the home of Caribbean and Black British Writing

The Arts Council of England has launched a new fund called Changemakers, an attempt to address the lack of diversity in employment in National Portfolio Organisations. The fund is intended to create opportunities for the development of potential leadership skills in arts organisations and is targeted exclusively at Black, ethnic minority and disabled persons. As an NPO we are eligible to apply for this fund in partnership with a named individual.

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Kadija George and Karen Onojaife join judging panel for SI Leeds Literary Prize

The judging panel for the 2016 SI Leeds Literary Prize has been announced.

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2016 OCM Bocas Prize category winners announced

Peepal Tree is happy to announce that two of the three Bocas Prize winners are Peepal Tree-published authors! The OCM Bocas judges announced the winners of the three categories last week. Here are the winners:

 

The Poetry Prize went to Wife by Tiphanie Yanique (Peepal Tree Press)

 

The Fiction Prize went to The Pain Tree by Olive Senior (Cormorant Books)

 

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Listen to Desiree Reynolds reading live at the Head in a Book festival, Hull

Desiree Reynolds recently performed at the Head in a Book festival in Hull, alongside fellow Peepal Tree writers Khadijah Ibrahiim and Sai Murray.

Listen to Desiree reading an excerpt of 'Works' from Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories.

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