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The Bone Readers longlisted for Jhalak Prize

We are delighed to announce that Jacob Ross's new literary crime fiction novel, The Bone Readers has been longlisted for the new Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour! 

The shortlist will be announced on 6th February 2017 and the winner will be announced during Bare Lit Festival 2017.

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Loretta Collins Klobah interviews Jacqueline Bishop

In "Bringing It All Together: The Creative Process of Artist and Writer Jacqueline Bishop", Loretta Collins Klobah (University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras) interviews Jacqueline Bishop, author of the award-winning book The Gymnast and Other Positions, a collection of stories, essays and interviews. The piece was just published in Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal (13: 2).

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Nick Makoha wins 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

Congratulations to Nick Makoha, winner of the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for Resurrection Man, selected by Robin Coste Lewis. Nick will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in spring 2017, a week-long residency at The Writers Room at The Betsy Hotel and 10 complimentary copies of the chapbook. He will give a feature reading at the 2017 O, Miami Poetry Festival.

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Report on the launch of Kumina Queen by Monica Minott

If one was to believe in stereotypes, accounting would seem the profession least likely to produce a poet. Yet, Monica Minott, accountant by day, has been steadily and quietly crafting her poetry and gaining a modicum of attention since winning the Small Axe Poetry Prize in 2009. Her recently unearthed collection Kumina Queen makes a great account of her place among contemporary Jamaican poets.

Read the full report at Susumba.

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Praise for Inscribe

by Jocelyn Watson

As a BAME woman who has come to writing later in my life, I want to stress how invaluable and key the support I received from Inscribe has been. Having access to Inscribe has meant that I have been able to attend many workshops and events, where I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from other BAME writers and to develop my craft. Most recently Inscribe has supported and assisted me in obtaining an Arts Council Grant which means that I can fulfil a lifelong ambition to write a novel and to hopefully see it published in my lifetime.

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Dorothea Smartt features in ArtsEtc's 2016 Independence Reading List

ArtsEtc's 2016 Independence Reading List includes the following titles:

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Latest reviews: 13 December 2016

We're pleased to see a slew of reviews in the latest issue of The Caribbean Writer.

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Esther Phillips on her NIFCA and GG's Awards

by Esther Phillips

Every year in Barbados, the National Foundation for Creative Arts (NIFCA) runs a competition inviting entries from Barbadians across the Arts: culinary, performing, visual and literary. In each section, there is a professional category. The Governor General's Award for Excellence (official title) is given only in the professional category. The award comprises a plaque as well as BDS7,500.

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Launch: Shara McCallum's Madwoman at UWI, Mona

The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona will host the launch of Shara McCallum’s collection of poetry Madwoman on Sunday December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), Faculty of Humanities and Education, at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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New reviews for Colin Channer, Shara McCallum, Ralph Thompson and Karen Lord

We've had some great reviews in the last month.

Both New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean (ed. by Karen Lord) and Madwoman by Shara McCallum received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. We're very proud indeed!

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