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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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Valda Jackson at Framing the Critical Decade: After the Black Arts Movement

Inscribe writer Valda Jackson will be exhibiting her talents at an upcoming conference, ‘Framing the Critical Decade: After the Black Arts Movement’, being held in Bristol on 21-22 March.

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Lauren K. Alleyne wins 2016 Split This Rock poetry contest!

Lauren K. Alleyne has won the 2016 Split This Rock annual poetry contest!

Split This Rock's annual poetry contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness.

Winning poems are published on Split This Rock's website and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. The 1st place recipient receives $500 and the 2nd and 3rd place recipients receive $250 each.The 1st place recipient is invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016.

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Readers and Writers Group: Caribbean writing in the 1960s and 1970s

Join the Peepal Tree/Inscribe Readers and Writers group for our next meeting. Following on from his first session, where we looked at early Caribbean literature and its precursors,  Peepal Tree's Managing Editor, Jeremy Poynting will be talking about at the huge explosion of Caribbean writing in the 1960s and 1970s, using lots of examples from both fiction and poetry. The session will be informal, is designed to provoke debate and discussion, and will give you lots of ideas for taking your reading and writing further! 

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Peepal Tree writers at Bare Lit festival

A new festival is hoping to shake up the literary calendar and provide talented writers of colour with a fresh platform on which to share their work.

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Peepal Tree authors at Head in a Book, Hull (9 March)

Peepal Tree Press at Head in a Book
Hull Central Library
Wednesday 9 March
7.30-9pm

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CaribLit Fiction Editing Workshop - A Retrospective

Writing for the T&T Guardian's Sunday Arts supplement, Shivanee Ramlochan reflects on the recently concluded, inaugural CaribLit fiction editing workshop, held in Georgetown, Guyana.

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