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Changes to Inscribe Fiction Weekender

Regrettably we've had to change tutor for our fiction weekend, now re-named CRAFTING FICTION.

However I'm sure you'll agree that our new guest tutor ROMESH GUNESEKERA will be very special, fire you up, and put you through your paces!

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Speaking Volumes' Breaking Ground in the Caribbean

Speaking Volumes is delighted to welcome Mervyn Morris for one final tour before the end of his tenure as Jamaica’s Poet Laureate. Celebrating his 80th year and the release of his Collected Poems – Peelin Orange (Carcanet) – Professor Morris will visit London, Bristol and Manchester to read and talk at events which also include Linton Kwesi Johnson (Waterstones Piccadilly London), Jackie Kay (Manchester) and Kei Miller (George Padmore Institute London) among others.

For more information and to book, visit:

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#WATCH: Nick Makoha's Black Metic promo

Nick Makoha, Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths, University of London has started the filming of Black Metic Poet interviews as part of his project on the Metic experiences of Black British Writers. The term ‘Metic’ translates as foreigners or resident aliens whose allegiances are split between their homeland and their new country coined by Nick explaining the phenomena.
Esteem poets including Chris Abani, Elizabeth Alexander, Gregory Parldo, Warsan Shire, Kei Miller, Kayo Chingonyi, Malika Booker and Anthony Joseph will be interviewed. 

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Inscribe Poetry Workshop with Nick Makoha

Saturday 6 May, 2017
11am - 5pm
Union 105 (East Street Arts), 105 Chapeltown Road, Chapeltown, Leeds LS7 3HY 
Price: £15 (£12 Inscribers)

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Cyril Dabydeen at CAA-NCR April Meeting

CAA-NCR April Meeting
Modernism and Micro-fiction in Creative Writing, with Cyril Dabydeen
Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: McNabb Community Center, Percy St. at Gladstone

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Desiree Reynolds joins line-up for Grrrl Con 2017

Aimed at emerging women writers of all levels, Grrrl Con – presented by Write Like a Grrrl and For Books’ Sake – will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect and collaborate with a nationwide community, while delivering all the essential tools, insight and inspiration to revolutionise your writing craft and confidence.

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'I’m trying to write Jamaica into me': Opal Palmer Adisa interviews Shara McCallum

Opal Palmer Adisa interviews Shara McCallum for sx salon. Shara talks about her new book Madwoman, Jamaica and memory:

'I’m trying to write Jamaica into me, keep Jamaica with me as much as I can, despite being an emigrant and not living there. Jamaican history (my family’s story as part of the larger story of the country) and culture (in various ways but especially language and landscape, as you note) are touchstones to which I return, as a writer and as a person.'

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Derek Still by Laurence A Breiner

 Derek Still

ore legar populi” - Ovid

 

The pages of the sea still turn

And the leaves of the trees.

The feathers of birds still rustle in the wind.

But there is a stillness, a muting, something missed.

Where is the voice that tolled out the names in the sea,

Intoned the oracles scratched on the Sybil’s leaves,

And chronicled the cities fled or flown to?

 

Take up the volume; turn up the volume.

Read him to your child, your lover,

To strangers encountered,

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Olivier Stephenson on Derek Walcott for Wired Ja

Image: By Jorge Mejía peralta [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Olivier Stephenson writes about Derek Walcott over at Wired Ja.

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Growing Up Under Walcott

Image: By Jorge Mejía peralta [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Words: Vladimir Lucien
                                                           

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