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An interview with Karen Lord

We caught up with Karen Lord to discuss influences, speculative fiction and the Caribbean.

Who were your favourite authors growing up?

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Peepal Tree titles longlisted in the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize

The 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist of nine books features four Peepal Tree Press titles! 

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Delinquency, Sovereignty and the St. Lucian Imagination

by Vladimir Lucien

I was recently invited to give the annual Independence Lecture in St. Lucia. I was honoured to deliver the talk, entitled "Playin' de Arts": Delinquency, Sovereignty and the St. Lucian Imagination. I am the youngest to have given the lecture, and -- I am told -- it was the first time that the lecture focussed on the arts.

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Jan Carew book launch event, Guyana, 17 March 2016

Please note time change 6-8 pm!

Join us at historic Moray House in Georgetown for the official Guyanese launch of two exciting and important new books: Carew's memoir, Episodes in My Life, published by Peepal Tree Press, and a collection of poetry Return to Streets of Eternity, published by Smokestack Books.

Speakers will include Joy Gleason Carew, Al Creighton and Nigel Harris, and features a fascinating powerpoint presentation on Carew's life.

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The Whale House, reviewed by Shivanee Ramlochan for Caribbean Beat

Caribbean Beat's wonderful Caribbean Bookshelf column by Shivanee Ramlochan (March/April 2016) features a new review of Sharon Millar's collection of short stories, The Whale House.

Here's a brief excerpt:

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Slideshow from the Leeds Inscribe meet-up with Nii Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes joined a group of our Inscribe-supported writers in Leeds to discuss submissions for our forthcoming anthology, Filigree.

Filigree will follow on from our groundbreaking anthologies Red and Closure. There's still time to submit to the anthology, so make sure you check out the submission guidelines.

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Malika Booker to chair judges of Forward Prize!

We're pleased to announce that this year’s judging panel for the Forward Prize is chaired by our very own Malika Booker. She is joined on the exciting and diverse panel by poets George Szirtes and Liz Berry, with singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn and Don Share, editor of Poetry Magazine.

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Degna Stone - Poet in Residence at Northern Poetry Library

Everyone at Inscribe would like to offer our congratulations to Degna Stone on her recent appointment as a poet-in-residence at the Northern Poetry Library.

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Mahsuda Snaith on diversity in publishing

Inscribe supported writer and SI Leeds Literary Prize-winner Mahsuda Snaith recently wrote on the topic of diversity in publishing at The Writers' Workshop.

Diversity in publishing has been a hot topic in industry for some time, not least because we had a good old yell about it over on Agent Hunter. But, despite some much overdue attention, very little has changed. Publishing was and is a very white, middle-class, metropolitan industry. Yes, it’s very welcoming of women – but black voices? Asian voices? Gay and lesbian voices?

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Sheffield Poem-a-thon for Refugees and Asylum Seekers with Seni Seneviratne

Peepal Tree poet and Inscribe graduate Seni Seneviratne is fundraising for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Seni joins 49 other poets to take part in the Sheffield Poem-a-thon to raise money for ASSIST who support refused asylum seekers in the city. These asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing. 

ASSIST says that:

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