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Filigree Update

February 2017 Filigree update

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

The new radio show Writing a New Caribbean creates a picture of the Caribbean, as seen by a new generation of writers and poets. In programme 1, 'Under the Surface', Elisha Efua Bartels talks to Trinidadian writers Sharon Millar, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, and Andre Bagoo about the sense of place in their work.

Listen to the show online.

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Ishion Hutchinson: 'Writing poetry is like mining, it's exhausting, demanding'

Ishion Hutchinson talks about poetry, readind and travelling over at Catch News: 'I loved stories, I loved reading narratives. So I read novels, and so on. But poetry was what stayed. You see the thing is, because of the intensity of a poem, it shakes you awake in a way that a story, because it goes on and you are interested in what happens next, does not. And so when the force of a poem came up on me, I felt that's how I would want to use language as well.'

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Nicholas Laughlin on the contradictions of running a literature festival

'I’m not sure I like literature festivals,' writes Nicholas Laughlin (organiser of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and Peepal Tree author) in a provocation for the International Literature Showcase.

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22 & 24 February: Rommi Smith Performs the Archive

Rommi Smith, poet, playwright, performer, and the first British Parliamentary Writer in Residence, comes to the City University of New York Graduate Center to present a stunning lecture-performance animated by her archival exploration of the lives of women jazz and blues musicians.

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Andre Bagoo wins The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize

Andre Bagoo has been awarded The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication in The Caribbean Writer for 'On Wordsworth's The Daffodils', a poem from Pitch Lake (Peepal Tree Press, April 2017) which appears in the

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In memory of Giselle Rampaul

We at Peepal Tree were grieved to learn of the unexpected and too early death of Giselle Rampaul.

Giselle was one of the people you only needed to meet once to remember. She brought gladness to people with a joyous smile.

Giselle was a much loved faculty member at UWI St Augustine, Trinidad, but we met her through her involvement with CaribLit. She was always around at the Bocas Litfest, always a delight to share a few words with.

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Digging With My Pen: A Conversation With Saint Lucian Poet Vladimir Lucien

“The chief mechanism of a poem has to be vision, and vision has to be connected with people and sharing in their fate,” says Vladimir Lucien in an illuminating interview.

Read the interview in full.

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Mahsuda Snaith on writing her own way

SI Leeds Literary Prize-winner and Inscribe-supported writer Mahsuda Snaith was named one of The Guardian's Faces of Fiction 2017.

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Jacob Ross shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize!

The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross has made the shortlist for The Jhalak Prize!

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.'

Naturally, we agree.

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