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Bringing Voices Together: the importance of independent Black publishing

'Why do we need Black publishers if one of our societal objectives is to nurture a diverse society in Britain? Because diversity is paralleled with having options; we need gay publishers, women publishers as well as Black publishers,' writes Kadija George for the British Library.

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Leone Ross excerpt published in Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan has published an excerpt of Leone Ross' short story 'Drag' from Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

Read the story online at Cosmopolitan.

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Tour dates for Helen Klonaris

We're thrilled to announce that Helen Klonaris will be appearing at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival, where she is British Council International Writer in Residence.

Helen will also be at the Gallery Bookstore in Mendocino on 16 September, 6.30-8pm. She will be joined with fellow local authors Susanna Janssen, Robert Owings and Marilyn Pope.

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Cyril Dabydeen writes about Canada in Confluence, August 2017

The August 2017 edition of Confluence features an article commemorating Canada from Cyril Dabydeen.

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Olive Senior and Clem Seecharan awarded honorary DLitts by UWI

In an exciting announcement from UWI St Augustine, both Olive Senior and Professor Emeritus Clem Seecharan have been awarded honorary DLitts (Doctor of Letters). They join Edwidge Danticat in receiving the honours this year.

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Short Stories Readings by Leone Ross, Rod Usher & Desiree Reynolds

Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017, 6-7.45pm
Venue: The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Rd, London, NW10 2SF
Price: Free (book online)

Tricia Wombell, founder of Black Book Swap/Black Reading Group will be facilitating the short story readings by

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Borrow our ebooks free from Brent Library

Live in Brent? You will be thrilled to know that following an exciting partnership between Brent Libraries and Digitalback Books earlier this June, an even wider range of deliciously diverse stories from Africa and beyond is now available to read for free.

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Black History Month events with Digitalback Books

Meet some deliciously diverse writers with Digitalback books this October.
 

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Not White Enough, Not Asian Enough – or a Square Peg Seeking a Square Hole

by Lynne E. Blackwood

I hate boxes. I hate being put in a box, being defined by restrictions and having labels stuck on my forehead. I hate being prejudged as a person and as a writer.

My view of the world when setting out on this literary journey was one of wide-reaching acceptation. I thought I would be stepping into a community where each interacted with the other without prejudice. This is what my father taught me as a child. How wrong I was.

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New York Times Magazine features Nick Makoha's poem!

Poet Terrance Hayes has selected Nick Makoha's poem, 'From the King' for his regular column at the New York Times Magazine. The poem comes from Nick's first full poetry collection, Kingdom of Gravity, which was launched this month in London at Africa Writes, and in Uganda earlier this week. Kingdom of Gravity is also shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Award for best first collection.

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