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Shara McCallum UK Tour

Renaissance One and Peepal Tree Press are organising a UK tour for Jamaican poet Shara McCallum. More details and dates will be added as they come.

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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.

Featured readings:

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Mind the Gap: Inscribe Poetry Weekender 9-11 June 2017

Photo: Hayley Madden

Interested in an inspiring, intensive, creative writing long weekend? Working on your poetry? Developing your critical and editing skills? Do you want support to boost the crafting of your poetry?

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Narrating the Caribbean Nation Outline Programme and Themes


February 24th-25th 2017

We invite you to celebrate 30+ years of Peepal Tree Press in conjunction with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

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Filigree Update

February 2017 Filigree update

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Trinidadian authors on BBC Radio 4's Writing a New Caribbean

The new radio show Writing a New Caribbean creates a picture of the Caribbean, as seen by a new generation of writers and poets. In programme 1, 'Under the Surface', Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Trinidadian writers Sharon Millar, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and Andre Bagoo about the sense of place in their work.

Listen to the show online.

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Ishion Hutchinson: 'Writing poetry is like mining, it's exhausting, demanding'

Ishion Hutchinson talks about poetry, readind and travelling over at Catch News: 'I loved stories, I loved reading narratives. So I read novels, and so on. But poetry was what stayed. You see the thing is, because of the intensity of a poem, it shakes you awake in a way that a story, because it goes on and you are interested in what happens next, does not. And so when the force of a poem came up on me, I felt that's how I would want to use language as well.'

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Nicholas Laughlin on the contradictions of running a literature festival

'I’m not sure I like literature festivals,' writes Nicholas Laughlin (organiser of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and Peepal Tree author) in a provocation for the International Literature Showcase.

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22 & 24 February: Rommi Smith Performs the Archive

Rommi Smith, poet, playwright, performer, and the first British Parliamentary Writer in Residence, comes to the City University of New York Graduate Center to present a stunning lecture-performance animated by her archival exploration of the lives of women jazz and blues musicians.

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Andre Bagoo wins The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize

Andre Bagoo has been awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer for 'On Wordsworth's The Daffodils', a poem from Pitch Lake (Peepal Tree Press, April 2017) which appears in the

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