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Interview with Shivanee Ramlochan by Monique Roffey

Monique Roffey interviews Shivanee Ramlochan for Wasafiri.

I’ve been in love with nasty women long before that term acquired currency as a trending battle cry. This is the reason Kali is the god of my household of one – no sanitised version, but Kali in her black-skinned, murderous, protectorate ire and grace. It’s my honour to write about women who bleed, fuck, dance, cuss, transact and thief without apology, be they gentle or garrotte-hearted.

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Sharmaine Lovegrove calls us 'brilliant and dynamic'

In an interview at The Bookseller, in which she talks about the Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers, Sharmaine Lovegrove gives a shoutout to Peepal Tree and our friends at Jacaranda, calling us 'brilliant and dynamic'. (Read the article in full.)

Last week we were named as among those lucky and hard-working publishers to make the shortlist for the £10,000 award.

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Peepal Tree shortlisted for the Clarissa Luard Award!

We are thrilled to report that we have been shortlisted for the prestigious Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers. We are in some excellent company, as the shortlist  includes other ace indies, Lantana Publishing, Little Toller Books and Penned In the Margins.

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Unions and professional services for writers

As writers, most of us will be freelance and self-employed. That can be a very lonely state of affairs, but when you add in problems with cashflow, late payment and legal advice, being a writer can seem like a daunting task. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can protect yourself and help secure your rights.

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David Dabydeen: a series like ‘Roots’ would help the British public understand indentureship

Begun in 1834 and abolished in 1917, the system of indenture created Indian diasporic communities in three continents. Professor David Dabydeen, a pioneer of Indian-Caribbean studies as a discipline in the UK and a leading poet of the Indian-Caribbean experience, is co-convenor of the forthcoming Indenture Abolition Centenary conference. In his latest interview with Talking Humanities, he explains why it is important to mark the abolition of a system used to bring millions of Indians to labour on British colonial plantations in the Caribbean and beyond.

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For our friends in the paths of Irma and Maria

Of course, we feel deep sympathies for all the Caribbean peoples who have suffered loss of life and property in these last couple of weeks, but we think particularly of the writers we know and publish who have been part of this catastrophe of nature. We think of the fine young poet Richard Georges in Tortola, unable to get to the Forward Prize award ceremony where he is shortlisted, because the Tortola airport is out of action. We think of the playwright Alwin Bully in Dominica who has reportedly lost his roof.

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News from Lynne E. Blackwood

It seems Inscribe-supported writer Lynne E. Blackwood is onto a winning streak! Lynne will be appearing at The Asian Writer Festival, 21 October 2017, where she will read her shortlisted story from The Asian Writer Prize and Dividing Lines anthology. She was also Highly Commended for the Leicester Writes Prize and figures in their anthology from Dahlia Books (launched in June).

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Bringing Voices Together: the importance of independent Black publishing

'Why do we need Black publishers if one of our societal objectives is to nurture a diverse society in Britain? Because diversity is paralleled with having options; we need gay publishers, women publishers as well as Black publishers,' writes Kadija George for the British Library.

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Leone Ross excerpt published in Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan has published an excerpt of Leone Ross' short story 'Drag' from Come Let Us Sing Anyway.

Read the story online at Cosmopolitan.

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Tour dates for Helen Klonaris

We're thrilled to announce that Helen Klonaris will be appearing at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival, where she is British Council International Writer in Residence.

Helen will also be at the Gallery Bookstore in Mendocino on 16 September, 6.30-8pm. She will be joined with fellow local authors Susanna Janssen, Robert Owings and Marilyn Pope.

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