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The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross wins the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

We are delighted to report that  Jacob Ross has won the inaugural The Jhalak Prize for his crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers!

There have been some wonderful comments from the judges. Speaking of The Bone Readers, judge Catherine Johnson said, 'Jacob Ross is, I believe, one of the most incisive and illuminating writers working in English today. The Bone Readers is a beautifully realised and exquisite crime novel.'

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Longlist announced for 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

Three Peepal Tree writers have made it to the seventh OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist. Ann-Margaret Lim has been longlisted for Poetry, and both Marcia Douglas and Kevin Jared Hosein have been longlisted for Fiction. A winner will be selected for each category (the shortlist), with an overall winner selected in April at the festival.

Writing of the books, the prize said:

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More Peepal Tree writers appear on Radio 4!

It's such a surprise to see Caribbean writing getting its dues on BBC Radio 4 right now. With Caribbean writers picking up major awards in the UK and America, and Commonwealth Writers working with Peepal Tree and Akashic Books to support homegrown talent, we seem to be at a turning point. For too long, Caribbean literature was forgotten by bigger publishers, and the readers who wanted Caribbean books were underserved.

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Essay: No Outcry for the Tragedy at Coyaba

Image: Carl Van Vechten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons;

Words: Olivier Stephenson

 

To live with the conscious knowledge of the shadow of uncertainty, with the knowledge that disaster or tragedy could strike at any time; to be afraid and to know and acknowledge your fear, and still to live creatively and with unstinting love: that is to live with grace.”

-- Peter Abrahams, The View From Coyaba, 1985

 

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Jacob Ross at York Literature Festival

Fri, March 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Waterstone’s York, Coney Street, York, YO1 9QL

Jacob Ross will read from The Bone Readers, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Introduction by Peepal Tree Managing Editor Jeremy Poynting.

'The Bone Readers is a page-turner, but its insights and language are equally testament to a literary novel of impressive depth and acuity.' The Guardian

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Crafting Fiction: Inscribe Fiction Weekender

Interested in an inspiring, intensive, creative writing long weekend? Working on your fiction? Developing your critical and editing skills? Do you want support to boost the crafting of your writing?

Attend Inscribe's residential fiction weekend at the recently renovated Debden House, on the edge of Epping Forest! This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with other writers from around the country, who are your creative peers, to spend an intensive two and a half days on your craft.

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Shara McCallum UK Tour

Renaissance One and Peepal Tree Press present

UK MADWOMAN tour for Jamaican/US poet Shara McCallum

Leeds: Tuesday 2 May, 5.45pm 
Open to the public and free admission.
Alumni Room, School of English, 10 Cavendish Road, University of Leeds

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Jamaican authors on BBC Radio 4's Writing a New Caribbean

In the second episode of Writing a New Caribbean, Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Jamaican writers including Peepal Tree cohort Tanya Shirley, winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Poetry Kei Miller, and Millicent Graham; plus Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Booker Prize. The writers talk about their work, and what it reveals to both Jamaicans and outsiders about their country.

Featured readings:

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Mind the Gap: Inscribe Poetry Weekender 9-11 June 2017

Photo: Hayley Madden

Interested in an inspiring, intensive, creative writing long weekend? Working on your poetry? Developing your critical and editing skills? Do you want support to boost the crafting of your poetry?

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Narrating the Caribbean Nation Outline Programme and Themes

NARRATING THE CARIBBEAN NATION

February 24th-25th 2017

We invite you to celebrate 30+ years of Peepal Tree Press in conjunction with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

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