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Literary Leicester: Closure: Black British Writing

Literary Leicester celebrates the launch of Closure on 17 Nov 2016, the first Black British short story anthology in fifteen years.

Voted 'a 2016 must read', by The Guardian and Buzzfeed, this anthology is rich with stories which, like life, rarely end in the way we might expect…

Come hear four top-notch writers read and discuss their stories with Peepal Tree Press Associate Editor, Jacob Ross. Readers include Jacqueline Crooks, Leicester’s own Mahsuda Snaith, Leone Ross and Desiree Reynolds.

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Call for Poets/Writers: Presence

Presence 
A multi-media project in the North-East England funded by Arts Council England

Coordinated by identity on tyne, Presence has developed out of a First World War project, Beyond the Western Front, which researched the contribution of Black, Asian and ethnic minorities in the First World War.

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Maya Chowdhry previews Peas on Earth

Maya Chowdhry is currently working on a research and development project called Peas on Earth. Using augmented reality to produce an immersive live experience, Maya is building on and developing work created via Word of Warning's Divergency. She is investigating with technologists, live artists and potential audiences to create a show that capitalises on the best aspects of performance and technology.

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Fresh Milk writer-in-residence for November 2016: Dorothea Smartt

Dorothea Smartt’s work typically bridges the islands of Britain and Barbados, effortlessly shuttling between local and global scenes, as it weaves a diasporic web. She has two full collections, Connecting Medium (2001) and Ship Shape (2008). In the latter, ‘a powerful work of reclamation, restitution and reanimation’ (Wasafiri) she offers a name and imagined life to the African buried in Samboo’s Grave, Lancaster.

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Book tour: Fossil by Maya Chowdhry

This month we published Fossil, the exciting new chapbook by Inscribe-supported writer Maya Chowdhry. Maya, who lives and works in Manchester, is an interactive artist who works across disciplines. Fossil explores the impact of human activity on climate change though a post-colonial lens and from the perspective of all life on earth including plants, creatures, elements and inanimate objects.

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Save the Date: Narrating the Caribbean Nation 2017

Narrating the Caribbean Nation will be at Leeds University 24-25 February 2017. The Friday evening will feature readings and performances by Peepal Tree's writers, and the Saturday conference will bring together readers, writers, academics and publishers for round table discussions and presentations. Kwame Dawes (Peepal Tree's associate poetry editor) is our keynote speaker.

The conference will be followed by a fabulous after party in Leeds celebrating over 30 years of Peepal Tree Press!

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Off the Shelf: Reading and Discussion with Desiree Reynolds

Thursday 20 October
4.30-5.30pm
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Writer Desiree Reynolds reads from her debut novel Seduce followed by a discussion exploring the themes in this dark, witty and passionate novel. 

Organised by Burngreave Library

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Black History Month activities with Patricia Foster

The UK celebrates Black History Month in October and Patricia Foster has a busy calendar ahead!

This Wednesday 19 October 2016, Patricia will be delivering a poetry workshop for Black History Month. It will be part of the University of West London Students’ Union (UWLSU) Black Histoy Month programme.

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SI Leeds Literary prize announces winner

We are delighted to announce the awards for the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women:

1st Place: Amita Murray - Marmite and Mango Chutney
2nd Place: Winnie M Li - Dark Chapter
3rd Place: Jamilah Ahmed - Recognising Strangers

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Malika Booker: How We Sing Our Bodies

Ilkley Literature Festival
Date: Friday 14th October
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Ilkley Playhouse - Wharfeside
Price: £6.00/£4.00 concessions

Part of the A Man’s Place? Festival Strand.

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