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Nick Makoha at Northern Poetry Symposium

This year's Northern Poetry Symposium features Nick Makoha.

The Symposium takes place on 3 May at the Sage Gateshead, and there's an action packed day of discussions planned on the theme of poetry in translation and exiled voices. Forward shortlisted poets Nick Makoha and Karen McCarthy Woolf join Dutch poet Elma Van Haren, Ukrainian poet Ilya Kaminsky and the PBS Summer Translation Choice, Austrian poet Evelyn Schlag, and many more.

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Brenda Flanagan story appears in The Caribbean Writer

When I was about 10, and old enough to know fear, I heard my mother say to a neighbor that the good always die young.

My brother Gary—I had three but I loved him the most—was the best man I knew, so I tried to prepare myself for his early death.

Read the rest of 'A Dance with My Brother' in The Caribbean Writer!

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#WATCH: Adisa 'AJA' Andwele - 'Live&LetLive

Barbadian riddim poet and cultural activist, Adisa 'AJA' Andwele has 'literally' brought the late Jackie Opel back to talk to the youth about the upsurge in violent crimes and murders in Barbados and across the Caribbean. AJA has sampled Jackie Opel’s ‘Live and Let Live’ song and fused it with one of his poems in an attempt to achieve this objective.

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Jeremy Poynting at Black Book Fair 25th anniversary

Richmond Building
University of Bradford
Saturday 7 July, 2.30-3.45pm

25 years since the Black Book Fair was last held in Bradford, the Bradford Literature Festival gathers together a panel to discuss the history of the Fair and what it did to change the world of publishing. Created to celebrate the growth of radical ideas in literature and politics, this panel will consider whether the Black Book Fair paved the way for the current conversation about the publishing industry's lack of diversity.

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Lynne Blackwood at Wordstock, Brighton

Brighton Open Market
1 Marshalls Row
Brighton
BN1 4JU
From 1pm
Book online

Inscribe-supported writer Lynne Blackwood is going to be reading at Brighton's Wordstock. Wordstock is a free, all-day literary drop-in, which is part of the Brighton Fringe calendar.

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Vote for Leone Ross at Saboteur Awards

Author Leone Ross has been shortlisted in the Short Story Collection category for the 2018 Saboteur Awards, for Come Let Us Sing Anyway. Congratulations, Leone!

Members of the public can vote for their favourite titles until 9 May. The winner in each category will win a very special bottle of Sacred Gin, a logo they can use on their book, and a boatload of kudos.

The awards will be announced on Saturday 19th May at Theatre Delicatessen (Broadgate) in London.

Vote now and use hashtag #sabawards18 on social media.

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Time To Write: Making Room, Moving Body

First thing in the morning. In bed or at my desk. After just leaving the dream state. Before the distractions of the day interrupt fresh-brained consciousness. Before turning on the internet, mobile phone, email, “social” media. Before turning on the news... Over the years this has proved my peak productive writing time. Attempting to implement this regimen for at least one day a week I have organised a dedicated writing space, negotiated home-life, juggled paid commitments into afternoon and evening slots – and learnt to thrive on a relative lack of income.

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Peepal Tree authors win both categories of 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Books by writers from Jamaica and T&T have been named to the shortlist of the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize, the Caribbean’s top literary award, sponsored by One Caribbean Media, parent company of the Express and TV6 and radio network.

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Read: 'Opitennin' by Kamau Brathwaite

Available in Small Axe online:

The morning that i stir within the narrow compost of my grave
miraculously ash space move around my head to open out my eye
the eyelids sticking down some time until they opening

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The Digital Caribbean: As Flies to Whatless Boys

From The Digital Caribbean:

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