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Too busy to write?

by Degna Stone

I have typed and deleted and retyped this blog post five times. I keep wondering if I have anything to say that is worth five minutes of your time. We’re all full of busy and five minutes can seem like too long when there are a dozen other things you could be doing with your precious time.

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Louisa Adjoa Parker awarded ACE grant

West Country writer Louisa Adjoa Parker has recently been awarded an Arts Council England grant for a year's artistic development. Louisa will be working with several mentors - Clio Gray, Jan Fortune and Jacob Ross - to develop her current body of work. She will be working with Clio on her first novel; Jan will be mentoring her with her second full-length poetry collection; and Jacob will be mentoring Louisa with a first short story collection and second novel.

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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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Closure Event at Bradford Literature Festival

One day into this year's festival, the Closure: Contemporary Black British Short Stories event  explores the genesis of the anthology, the stories it holds and the tales it tells.

Closure editor Jacob Ross is joined by anthology authors Tariq Mehmood, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Leone Ross in conversation with Emily Zobel Marshall on May 21st at the Bradford Literature Festival 2016.

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An Interview with Anthony Kellman

We caught up with Anthony Kellman to discuss research, King Ja Ja and the fine balance of historical fiction.

What first drew you to the story of Jubo Jubogha, King Jaja of Opobo?

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Readers and Writers Group, creative writing, mystery and suspense with Pete Kalu

This week's session (Saturday 14th may 4-6pm) will be a  practical writing one. Award-winning playwright, poet and novelist Pete Kalu will guide you through a creative 10 step exercise in mystery and suspense writing which will take your imagination and creativity to unexpected places as you explore the fear of the unknown...Here's a sneak peak at step one to get you started:

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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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Writing prompts for Filigree

by Kadija Sesay

The writing that poets produced in our April Filigree workshop inspired and excited me enough to share the ideas that emerged with you! Consider these a last-minute guide to writing a poem for our forthcoming Filigree anthology.

We looked at the word 'filigree' from three angles: filigree as image, filigree as character, and filigree turned on its head and inside out.

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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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News from Valda Jackson

Valda Jackson, one of our Inscribe-supported writers (who also appears in Closure), recently caught up with us to tell us about all the marvellous things she's been doing out in the world of literature and art.

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