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In memory of Giselle Rampaul

We at Peepal Tree were grieved to learn of the unexpected and too early death of Giselle Rampaul.

Giselle was one of the people you only needed to meet once to remember. She brought gladness to people with a joyous smile.

Giselle was a much loved faculty member at UWI St Augustine, Trinidad, but we met her through her involvement with CaribLit. She was always around at the Bocas Litfest, always a delight to share a few words with.

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Digging With My Pen: A Conversation With Saint Lucian Poet Vladimir Lucien

“The chief mechanism of a poem has to be vision, and vision has to be connected with people and sharing in their fate,” says Vladimir Lucien in an illuminating interview.

Read the interview in full.

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Mahsuda Snaith on writing her own way

SI Leeds Literary Prize-winner and Inscribe-supported writer Mahsuda Snaith was named one of The Guardian's Faces of Fiction 2017.

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Jacob Ross shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross has made the shortlist for The Jhalak Prize!

There have been some wonderful comments from the judges. Speaking of The Bone Readers, judge Catherine Johnson said, 'Jacob Ross is, I believe, one of the most incisive and illuminating writers working in English today. The Bone Readers is a beautifully realised and exquisite crime novel.'

Naturally, we agree.

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#LISTEN: Ann-Margaret Lim: A Valentine's Cocktail

Ann-Margaret Lim gives us 'A Valentine's Cocktail'.

Singing and guitar: Wayne Armond (of Chalice, Jakoostic fame)

Listen at SoundCloud.

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Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien at the 2017 Jaipur Literature Festival

Caribbean poets Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien recently participated in a conversation called ‘In search of a muse: On writing poetry’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival, held in Jaipur, India, from January 19 to 23, 2017.

(Read more online)

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Ann-Margaret Lim's Kingston Buttercup playlist

Over at Book Notes, Ann-Margaret Lim has joined authors such as Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits and Hari Kunzru in serving up a delicious playlist for her latest collection, Kingston Buttercup.

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SI Leeds Literary Prize runner-up featured in Stylist's '10 Smashing Debut Novels' list

Great news for SI Leeds Literary Prize second place winner Winnie M Li. Her book, Dark Chapter, has been included in Cathy Rentzenbrink’s ’10 Smashing Debut Novels to Look Out For in 2017’ in Stylist Magazine — alongside books by George Saunders and Yaa Gyasi!

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Giving Thanks

My Grandmother used to tell me, “It is from story that we learn many lessons in life. Without it, the world would be a terrible place to live in.” Thinking about that, I realise that I have had a love affair with story from as far back as I can remember. It doesn’t matter which persona story takes on – whether oral, on the page, on the wide or small screen, be it a musical or an enactment on the stage, I am there imbibing whatever lessons it has to teach me. Story and I happened upon the “twins”, notebook and pen, with whom we have had and continue to have many a satisfying adventure.

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Thoughts on British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Friday 27 January 2017


You are invited to an afternoon’s symposium of discussion with leading scholars in the fields of post-war British Black and Asian Literature with readings by Moniza Alvi and Courttia Newland, sponsored by Wasafiri:


3.30pm–5.30pm - Richard Hoggart Building


Prof. John McLeod (University of Leeds)

Dr. Malachi McIntosh (Runnymede Trust)

Prof. Susheila Nasta (The Open University),

Dr James Procter (Newcastle University)

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