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Raman Mundair: Perspectives from an Immigrant

Raman Mundair has written an incisive essay about life in Shetland when you're Black. Torn between the beauty of the landscape and the 'little Britain' attitudes of some of the locals, she writes:

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Kwame Dawes named AAP Chancellor

In exciting news, the illustrious Academy of American Poets has named Kwame Dawes as one of its newest Chancellors, joining Marilyn Chin and Marie Howe. Previous awardees of the position have included internationally renowned poets such as W. H. Auden, John Ashbery, Elizabeth Bishop, Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Adrienne Rich and Mark Strand.

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Learning in Leeds: A Small Press Can be a Warm Place

by Shivanee Ramlochan

The bookshelves here are a revelation.

I’ve worked professionally as a book reviewer for five years, and I’ve been a casual, enthusiastic book blogger longer than that. Peepal Tree’s books have been known to me long before Jeremy or Hannah knew my name, but it’s a different feeling altogether to see them in their place of origin.

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TS Eliot Prize Preview, with Malika Booker and The Poetry School

Date: 14 Jan 2018
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall
Price: £10 (+ £2.50 booking fee)

Before the TS Eliot Prize Readings, join us for a preview event with poet Malika Booker and get an overview of this year’s shortlisted books.

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Learning in Leeds: Small Press Publishing, from Peepal Tree to Peekash Press

by Shivanee Ramlochan

It is cold in Leeds. The work continues.

I’m here for three weeks as a publishing intern at Peepal Tree Press. My first book, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, was released with Peepal Tree in October, but my awareness of this stalwart indie press, which is as old as I am, stretches back more than a decade. I work with the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Anglophone Caribbean’s largest literary festival, and the relationship between Bocas and Peepal Tree is supportive, sustaining. It needs to be.

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Nick Makoha at Verve Poetry Festival 2018

Nick Makoha joins Imtiaz Dharker, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Jacob Sam la Rose and others are all appearing at 2018's Verve Festival in Birmingham. Taking place in February, there's a great line-up and an excellent programme of events. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Tanya Shirley at University of Maryland

Writers Here & Now: Tanya Shirey
Date: 6 December 2017, 7pm
Venue: Ulrich Recital Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Tanya Shirley is reading next month at the University of Maryland's Writers Here & Now reading series, where she will read from her poetry collections, The Merchant of Feathers and She Who Sleeps with Bones.

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Shivanee Ramlochan tour dates

We're thrilled to announce that Shivanee Ramlochan will be touring the UK in support of her debut poetry collection, Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting. We'll be adding new dates as they get confirmed.

Things kick off with this exciting event in Scotland:

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Rommi Smith pens song-cycle with composer Emily Levi

Peepal Tree Press author Rommi Smith has developed a new opera with composer Emily Levy, featuring baritone Roderick Williams OBE and pianist Susie Allan.

The Rain is Coming is a response from a female perspective to Schubert’s classic opera Die schöne Mullerin (itself based on the poems of Wilhelm Müller), which premiered at Stratford on Avon Music Festival on 27 September.

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Shivanee Ramlochan Leeds book launch

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