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Writing as the World Burns

by Gemma Weekes

I have been moved all my life by the impulse to create and to revel in the luminescence of things. I have been arrogant enough to believe, somehow, that my work might contribute to the age-long artistic manifesto of making humanity more human. But how do I justify this quiet work while the world burns? It feels indulgent to create at a time when the world seems to demand instead that we react.

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Mahsuda Snaith signs two-book deal with Transworld

Inscribe-supported writer Mahsuda Snaith has signed a two-book deal with publishers Transworld for its Doubleday imprint. Agent James Wills at Watson, Little sold world rights to The Constellation of Ravine and a second novel to Transworld assistant editor Lizzy Goudsmit.

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Mixed Spice: Inscribe Poetry & Fiction Weekender

Note: We are already at 50% capacity. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Fantastic reviews in Caribbean Beat

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#RayRecommends Tiphanie Yanique

Raymond Antrobus talks about the Forward Prize and Tiphanie Yanique's debut collection, Wife.

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News from Maya Chowdhry

Inscribe-supported writer Maya Chowdhry is off to the Arran Poetry Adventure and will use the time to finalise the manuscript for her forthcoming chapbook, Fossil.

She has recently contributed 'Tea with Roget' for an augmented reality app, Beacons for Science, as part of European City of Science, Manchester. Visitors can download the free app during the festival, or have afternoon tea in the Portico Library on 28 July.

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#WATCH: John Lyons reads from Dancing in the Rain

Check out John Lyons reading from his CLPE (CLiPPA) Award-shortlisted collecting for children, Dancing in the Rain.

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#WATCH: John Lyons' thoughts on poetry

Following his nomination for the CLPE Award (CLiPPA), John Lyons spoke with CLPE about his inspirations as a poet, which poems he remembers from his childhood, and why poetry is important, among other things. You can watch the videos below.

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Chapeltown Word Junction 2016

Sunday 10 July, 11am-3pm
Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds LS7 3LW

Building on the successful launch of the Chapeltown Word Junction collection (housed at the Reginald Centre library), this popular event returns to once again showcase an eclectic sampling of Chapeltown writers and publishings about Chapeltown. Expect a range of stimulating poetry, prose, performance and discussion that crosses genres and the ages.

Celebrating Creativity in Chapeltown

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Book Launch: Tracing Jaja by Anthony Kellman

Friday 8 July, 7pm - 9pm
Barbados High Commission, 1 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3ND
Free, but booking required

The Barbados High Commission and Peepal Tree Press present the London launch of Tracing Jaja a novel by celebrated Barbadian writer, poet and musician, Anthony Kellman.

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