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Shara McCallum makes Best of the Net 2017

Shara McCallum's poem 'Sorrow' has been selected for the Best of the Net 2017 anthology, which just went live online.

The Best of the Net project continues to promote the diverse and growing collection of voices who are publishing their work online, a venue that continues to see less respect from such yearly anthologies as the Pushcart and Best American series. This anthology serves to bring greater respect to an innovative and continually expanding medium in the same medium in which it is published.

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Colonial Countryside: Ten New Creative Commissions

10 new creative writing commissions at £1,200 each for ‘Colonial Countryside: English Country Houses Reinterpreted.’

About the project

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Who’s Full?

Presented by Free Word with Poet in the City
Date: Thursday 15 Mar 2018
Time: 6.45-8.45pm
Tickets: £7 (early bird) / £10 (standard) / FREE (unwaged*)
Free Word Lecture Theatre & Hall, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA

A jam-packed evening of spoken word performances, sonic sensations and something for the taste buds, exploring the science behind the global food system and what it means to 'eat well'.

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Beyond Words: Seni Seneviratne and Hylda Sims

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm start
Entry: £5 / £4 concessions
Venue: The Gipsy Hill Tavern, 79 Gipsy Hill, SE19 1QY

Beyond Words invites you to enjoy Seni Seneviratne and Hylda Sims plus poets from the floor.

Seni writes poetry bright with passionate intensity. Hylda Sims writes a dash of political reality with enthusiasm and humour.

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Kei Miller at Cultural Exchanges Festival (De Montfort University)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
6:00 PM  7:00 PM
Clephan Building (3.01)
Bonners Lane Leicester LE1
Book online 

“.. when we think about all these borders fidgeting and wriggling and changing. It questions our traditional idea of what poetry is ...”
— Cerys Matthews, Judge of the Forward Prize (2014)

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SI Leeds Literary Prize on BBC Radio Leeds

The SI Leeds Literary Prize was recently featured on BBC Radio Leeds with Prize Director Fiona Goh and 2016 winner, Amita Murray.

This year’s winner will receive £3,000, the runner-up will get £1,250, and there will be a third prize of £750.  The award’s Prize Plus programme also supports shortlisted writers through a programme of events, workshops, manuscript assessment and 1:1 coaching.

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Esther Phillips named Poet Laureate of Barbados

We are beyond thrilled at the news that Esther Phillips has been named Poet Laureate of Barbados by the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth yesterday.

Esther said she was honoured to receive the title.

Esther's published collections of poetry are:

When ground doves fly. Ian Randle, 2003
The Stone Gatherer. Peepal Tree Press, 2009.
Leaving Atlantis. Peepal Tree Press, 2015.

She has been editing BIM for many years and is also the main organiser of the BIM Literary Festival.

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Vahni Capildeo in York

Vahni Capildeo will be reading in York with Alex Houen in April as part of the Writers at York readings strand.

The event takes place Wednesday 18 April at 6.15pm on the main University of York campus.

We'll publish more details as we have them.

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"To be static is to be dead": An Interview With Jacob Ross

Jacob Ross is an author, a creative writing tutor, and the associate fiction editor for Peepal Tree Press. His oeuvre includes Pynter Bender (2008), the 2017 inaugural Jhalak Prize-winning book Bone Readers (2016), and Tell No-One About This (2017).

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#WATCH: Vladimir Lucien reads his poetry

In March 2017, St. Lucian poet Vladimir Lucien was recorded reading his debut and award-winning collection of poetry, Sounding Ground. These recordings add to emerging collections at Memorial University of Newfoundland which focus on understanding the performative aspects of Caribbean and Caribbean-Canadian writing and which grow teaching resources for the field of Caribbean scholarship.

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